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1972 Fender Precision bass

Classic Fender bass in black

1972 Fender Precision bass - front view
Model: 1972 Fender Precision bass
Body: Ash(?, maybe Alder) body, 1 3/4" deep, 13" wide, overall length 45 3/4"
Neck: One-piece maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays. 20 frets
Scale: 34"
Width at nut: 41mm, 1 5/8"
Weight: 4.16kg
Hardware: chrome plated
1972 Fender electric guitar and amplifier catalog

Beyond the major revamp of 1957, the Fender Precision bass didn't actually change significantly over the next decades. However there were numerous small cosmetic changes, many lasting a few years only, that can be used to help date these basses.

The early 70s Precision has the larger 'Precision' decal, neck-plate serial number, longer G-string saddle screw, a slightly narrower 1 5/8" width at nut and the finger rest below the strings.

In February 1972, the Precision had a base price (i.e. for Sunburst examples) of $293.50. Black, being a custom color, increased the list price to $307.50. See the Precision in the 1972 Fender catalog.

This is a great playing bass with an absolute classic tone. Check out the demo videos of this bass below.

1972 Fender Precision bass bridge detail
Bridge detail. With the cover removed, the bridge is accessible. The unit is held in place with five screws. The use of flat bridge saddles came in in 1970, replacing the threaded saddles used prior to this. Between 1970 and 1973, the bridge was also fitted with the longer G string saddle screw (49.5mm vs 40mm), allowing a greater degree of adjustability on that string.
1972 Fender Precision bass pickup detail
Again, with the handrest removed, the black, eight polepiece split pickup is accessible. This pickup style was introduced in 1957, and would remain an essential feature of the Precision for many decades to come, despite having no adjustability of the polepices.
1972 Fender Precision bass - body detail

1972 Fender Precision body detail. The bass has a three-ply, white/black/white scratchplate, with chrome 'ashtray' bridge cover and handrest, and chrome control knobs. The plastic finger rest is held in place with two screws. In '72, the Precision still had this rest positioned below the strings - by 1974 this would be a thumbrest, positioned above the strings.

1972 Fender Precision bass - body detail showing neck joint and fingerrest
The neck is maple with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard. Adjusting the truss rod is almost impossible without removing it from the body. Invariably people attempt the adjustment in situ, causing minor damage to the scratchplate.
1972 Fender Precision bass - controls and scratchplate
The Precision bass controls are simply volume and tone, each topped with a metal knurled knob. Scratchplates are prone to cracking, and broken tips, particularly around the output jack

1972 Fender Precision bass - rear view

Reverse body view, underlining the simplicity of the design: no control panels, no body-through stringing; just a contoured body with bolt-on neck.

1972 Fender Precision bass - pickup detail
The neck is mounted to the body using four 1 3/4" bolts through a metal neck plate (2" x 2.5")
1972 Fender Precision bass - control detail
The neck plate holds the basses serial number - in this case 361049 dates the bass firmly to 1972. There are no other markings, and no Fender 'F'.
1972 Fender Precision bass - headstock and decal detail
Headstock detail showing nut, tuning keys and early seventies-style decal, with large 'PRECISION BASS' model designation and patent numbers - this would be reduced in size in 1976.
1972 Fender Precision bass - reverse headstock and tuning key detail
Reverse headstock, without strap button. The clover leaf tuners were produced in house, though by 1976, they would be made by Schaller in Germany.
1972 Fender Precision bass - headstock decal detail

The larger decal of the period 1969-76 was reduced once the serial number was moved from the neck plate to the headstock. Patents numbers listed apply to various Fender innovations, including: the Telecaster's (?) combined bridge / pickup assembly (2,573,254), two electromagnetic pickups - the latter being the Precision split pickup (2,968,204 and 2,976,755), and the adjustable neck (3,143,028).

1972 Fender Precision bass front headstock detail
Early seventies (until 1977) Fender bass tuning keys were marked with the Fender logo, but also the ® trademark motif.
1972 Fender Precision bass nut detail
1972 Fender Precision rosewood fretboard and nut detail. The nut was molded white plastic.

1972 Fender Precision bass video clips

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1972 Fender Precision bass / 1964 Ampeg B15 (4m 36s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1972 Fender Precision, 1964 Ampeg B-15N

Two absolute icons of bass guitar history: a 1972 Fender Precision (strung with roundwounds) played through a 1964 Ampeg B15. Great bass. Great amp. Great combination. Check out the other videos of this bass through a WEM Dominator, Marshall 20w Lead & Bass and Fender Bassman 100.

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1972 Fender Precision bass / 1973 Fender Bassman 100 (silverface) - vintage guitar demo (4m 26s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1972 Fender Precision, 1972 Fender Bassman 100 with 4x12 cab

Here, the Precision is played through a 1973 Silverface Fender Bassman 100. Recorded as above, though now restrung with Labella Deep Talkin' 760FS flatwounds - great strings - not cheap, but worth every cent!

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

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Berlin, New Hampshire, 035**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a nice original 1983 Fender CTS pot in superb condition. I've had it for quite awhile and guarantee it came out of a 1983 Fender '62 Reissue Precision Bass. 8312 date code for the 12th week of 1983. Parts like this are getting difficult to find and remember, it's over 40 years old! Of course you can also use it in 'regular' 1983-84 USA P & J basses
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Original 1970s Fender, sponges in place-hard, normal vintage wear with patina as shown. Thanks for looking
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Foam blocks in place, have turned hard from age, normal vintage Bettina as shown original 70s Fender part. Thanks for looking
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1960??s Fender Precision Bass pickup Cover  #301-B

1960??s Fender Precision Bass pickup Cover #301-B

West Point, Mississippi, 397**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage Fender Precision Bass pick up cover from the 1960s is a must-have for any serious musician or collector. The cover, marked with the number 301-B, fits snugly over the pick up and gives the bass a classic, retro look. Made by one of the most iconic brands in the music industry, this pick up cover is a great addition to any vintage guitar or bass collection

Crafted to last, this pick up cover is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship of Fender products. Whether ... more
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1965 Fender Precision Bass pickup Cover #104

1965 Fender Precision Bass pickup Cover #104

West Point, Mississippi, 397**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This pick up cover is a perfect addition to your vintage Fender Precision Bass. The cover, with the model number 104, was produced in 1965, adding to the authenticity of your instrument. Made by Fender, this cover is a great way to complete the look of your bass and protect the pick up.

A survivor from the last year Leo Fender was Fender

The pick up cover for the famous split pick ups made famous in the 1950??s on up to this very day!

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1965 Fender Precision Bass pickup Cover #104

1965 Fender Precision Bass pickup Cover #104

West Point, Mississippi, 397**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Fender Precision Bass Pick Up Cover #104. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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vintage squier by fender precision bass with case + cable  /  SN IC00070811

vintage squier by fender precision bass with case + cable / SN IC00070811

Jersey City, New Jersey, 073**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Fretless Fender Precision Bass Neck - One Piece Maple - 1973

Fretless Fender Precision Bass Neck - One Piece Maple - 1973

Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 601**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender Precision Bass Neck - Fretless - Maple - 1973. Heal is stamped "5 Jan 73 B " . 5 is the Fender model number (Precision Bass) - January of 1973 - B width (1 6" at the nut). Big original CBS era headstock logo. 4 bolt mounting. Will fit all Precision Basses made after mid 1957. There is a little wear and tear on the back of the neck - the most noticeable being a piece of the polyurethane finish on the back of the treble side of the neck at about the 5th fret as shown in the pictures. ... more
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1980s Fender Precision Bass made in Japan w /  Hartke amp & cabinet

1980s Fender Precision Bass made in Japan w / Hartke amp & cabinet

East Sandwich, Massachusetts, 025**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a Fender Precision Bass made in Japan in the late 80s and purchased in 1989 or 1990. Also included is a Hartke Model 2000 200-watt bass amplifier and Hartke 4x10 bass cabinet. The P-Bass shows very little wear, as I rarely played it and kept it in the case when I wasn't using it (the guitar case is included as well).... more
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Evansville, Indiana, 477**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Oakland, California, 946**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a 1969 Fender Precision Bass neck. No logo, stamp, or clear coat There's a slight forward tilt in the neck, but is otherwise straight and plays perfectly The truss rod is fully functional This is a fantastic neck. Only selling because I now have a Jazz bass Mounting dowel beneath E tuner demonstrated in last photo for authenticity
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Whittier, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Located in historic uptown Whittier, California

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1983 Fender Precision Bass Guitar Vintage USA P-Bass w /  EMG Pickups, HSC 8 1 lbs

1983 Fender Precision Bass Guitar Vintage USA P-Bass w / EMG Pickups, HSC 8 1 lbs

Berkeley, California, 947**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a sweet sounding 1983 Fender Precision Bass in its Sunburst finish. This instrument has an S9 serial number on the headstock, a 1983 neck date and late 1981 pot codes. Overall in very good condition less some scattered play wear and finish wear. This is the last of the vintage style Fender basses. Later in 1983, they introduced the American Standard versions
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1977 Fender Precision Bass w /  Jazz Bass Body

1977 Fender Precision Bass w / Jazz Bass Body

East Liverpool, Ohio, 439**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a bit of a parted together bass as I??m sure you can see the 1977 Fretless Precision Bass neck paired with (what I was told) a 1975 Fender Jazz Bass body. The neck is all original however the body has been stripped to a natural finish. The bridge has also been replaced. This is a cool bass you can play right out of the box with tons of vintage mojo! No case included
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Fender Precision Bass 1983

Fender Precision Bass 1983

Paris, Tennessee, 382**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1983 Fender Precision Bass Made at Fender Fullerton FactoryAlder Body 1 piece Maple Neck
Original FinishOriginal Case
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1977 Fender Precision Bass - Natural

1977 Fender Precision Bass - Natural

Bedford, New Hampshire, 031**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender Precision Bass
Pre-Owned Circa 1977 - Good Condition
Okay - we swear we didn't steal George Porter Jr's original bass! ;) This thing has the vibe and is ready to Cissy Strut. Deep fret wear - will be needing a fret job soon!
Body Material: AshBody Details: Solid ash body Neck Material: MapleFingerboard Material: MapleNeck Profile: C shapeFingerboard Radius: 7 25 " Nut Width: 1-5 / 8 " Scale Length: 34 "  
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San Antonio, Texas, 782**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Super Rare 1974 Fender PJ precision custom bass, with super like new and rare Maple Neck, (All original 1979 Fender neck and fully serviced by a professional luthier. Frets are like mirrors, leveled and dressed. The truss rod was also fully serviced lubricated and polished. The truss rod is is very responsive, straight and true, the neck heel stamping verifies the neck is from 1979. The tuners are original, even the string tree is original

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Vintage Fender Precision Bass 1960 Parts / repair

Vintage Fender Precision Bass 1960 Parts / repair

Columbus, Ohio, 432**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1960 fender precision bass parts for repair

7 8#

Broken truss rod, non original body, pickups
Crack in headstock, non original case but 60s bass case nonetheless. Beat beat beat

I??ve owned this bass since the early nineties. The headstock has always been cracked and the rod always broken. It was on a Charvel body at the time. I purchased a first run Roadworn series for the body in early 00s. This fiesta red nitro finish has overspray in some areas and lots ... more
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1982 Fender Precision Bass Black in Good Condition

1982 Fender Precision Bass Black in Good Condition

Irvine, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is a really nice 1982 Fender P-Bass at a really good price. My wife bought this from a friend for my birthday about 30 years ago. I??ve listed it in very good condition as it has not been played in 30 years!
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1977 Fender Precision Bass Natural Ash w /  EMG & Badass

1977 Fender Precision Bass Natural Ash w / EMG & Badass

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1977 Fender Precision bass in excellent condition, outfitted with an early EMG pickup and Leo Quan Badass Bass II bridge. Tonewoods include an ash body and a maple neck capped with a rosewood fretboard. Weighing 10lbs 14oz, the bass has plenty of sustain, punch and power. The EMG P Set pickup is an early example featuring distinctive molded covers and a brass baseplate, running at 9V. From rich grind and growl to thick low end, this pickup delivers the goods. This Precision Bass ... more
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1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.