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FENDER | BASS | PRECISION | TIMELINE (1950s)

Fender Precision bass timeline, 1950s

1950s | 1960s | 1970s

1951

Slab ash body
Butterscotch blond finish.
Black bakelite pickguard, covering both horns.
Positionable finger rest with one screw
Single coil bar pickup, with black string winding.
Serial number on bridge plate.
One piece maple neck, with skunk stripe, 20 frets, 34" scale.
String through body, bridge has two fibre saddles, each holding two strings.
Narrow tele-style headstock
Kluson tuners

1953

1953 Fender Precision advert
1953 Fender Precision advert
1953 Fender Precision advert

1954

Contoured ash body with bevelled edges
Two tone sunburst finish as standard.
White single ply plastic pickguard, (though black pickguard still available on blond models until 1955).

1955

1955 Fender Precision advert

Pickup poles are staggered, with a raised A pole.
Bridge saddles are changed to steel towards the end of the year.
Serial number moved to the neck plate.

1956

Sunburst models are Alder, blond models remain ash
Earliest examples of custom colours are made: peach pink, black, light blue and metallic blue. Custom paint colours available based on DuPont automobile colours
String winding changes from black to white
Neck shape is less rounded and more V shaped

1957

Split-coil two piece humbucking pickup.
New gold coloured anodized aluminum pickguard, covering only the lower horn, but also mounting the pickup, input jack, and tone/vol pots
Wider headstock to match the Stratocaster
Finger rest now has two screws
Price: $219.50 (custom colours 5% extra)

1958

Fender Precision - The electric bass was always designed as a replacement for upright acoustic basses. This late fifties advertisement demonstrates the Fender Precision's portability in relation to an acoustic bass

The standard sunburst finish is now three-tone rather than two-tone
Pickup poles are now level.
Redesigned bridge with four saddles and no longer strung through the body
Chrome covers made smaller
Neck shape is less V shaped, and more U shaped

1959

Rosewood fingerboard over the same maple neck.
New celluloid three layer white pickguard (custom coloured instruments), or four layer tortoiseshell (usually for sunburst and blond models). Includes metal under layer to provide shielding

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1957 Vintage Single Coil Fender Precision Bass (SCPB)

1957 Vintage Single Coil Fender Precision Bass (SCPB)

Omaha, Nebraska, 681**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7500

Time to sell some of the parts and basses accumulated the during the last 50+ years of playing bass before the kids inherit gear they won??t know what to do with
For auction is an original vintage, not reissue, nitro cellulose lacquer refinished 1957 Single Coil Fender Precision Bass. This is a pretty rare bass, being a ?57??single coil with a tele shaped body. Fender switched to the dual coil split precision pickup and precision shaped body in mid 1957, so not many of these were made
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1957 Fender Precision Bass P-Bass Great Tone

1957 Fender Precision Bass P-Bass Great Tone

Henderson, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5000

THis is an original 1957 P Bass body that was refinished in the original two tone. The original production dates were saved in the pickup route. The pick guard is original but stripped. Seymore Duncan pickups. Has a new fender neck with thin, easy to play, profile. GREAT BASS!!!
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1953 Fender Precision Bass

1953 Fender Precision Bass

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$31500

1953 Fender Precision Bass, Attractive Butterscotch Blondefinish, Beautifully grained Ash body, Black Guard, Stunning example, Signed byTadeo Gomez TAD 2-6-53 in the neck pocket, Fantastic feeling neck, Fabulousinstrument, Both Covers, EC, Original Brown gig bag.
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original 1955 Fender PRECISION BASS Blonde w / orig. TWEED  case BLACKGUARD!!!

original 1955 Fender PRECISION BASS Blonde w / orig. TWEED case BLACKGUARD!!!

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$23900


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1955 Fender Precision Bass in its original Blonde finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original with the exception of the chrome pickup cover, a couple of the wires and the larger capacitor along with some redone solder. The original tweed hardshell case is also included. The weight of the bass without the covers is 8 lbs. 8 4 oz. It's in great condition with nicks + dings, finish ... more
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1958 Fender Precision Bass

1958 Fender Precision Bass

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$30500

1958 Fender Precision Bass, Early ??58 with a Two tone burst, Anodized pickguard, Maple neck, Both Covers, Spaghetti logo, Wonderfulinstrument from the family of the original owner, VG++, Original tweed hardcase.
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1959 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Sunburst w /  Case

1959 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Sunburst w / Case

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

$18500

Up for sale, a 1959 Fender Precision Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original brown tolex hardshell case. 100% original save for one tip of the pickguard and a single clay dot fret marker, this Precision is an extremely expressive and soulful-sounding instrument. Tonewoods include an alder body paired with a maple neck and slab Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, delivering a deep, balanced natural acoustic sound
Strung with fresh roundwound 50-105 ... more
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1959 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Sunburst, Collector-Grade w /  Case

1959 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Sunburst, Collector-Grade w / Case

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

$24000

Up for sale, a 1959 Fender Precision Bass in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original brown tolex hardshell case and strap. 100% original save for a new nut and professional refret with vintage spec fretwire, this Precision is remarkably well-preserved, with an uncommonly bold three-tone Sunburst. Tonewoods include an alder body paired with a maple neck and slab Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, delivering a deep, balanced natural acoustic sound
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1957 Fender Precision Bass Olympic White Refin with Vintage Fender Hard Case

1957 Fender Precision Bass Olympic White Refin with Vintage Fender Hard Case

Atlanta, Georgia, 303**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7500

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1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS NECK - made in USA

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS NECK - made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€6950

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS NECK - made in USA :
* dated 4 - 58
* completely refinished by the previous owner with a BRUSH
* has an older REFRET with wear
* original tuners are included
* WIIIIIIDDDE NECK PROFILE
* plays like a CHAMP !
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1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS AHORNHALS USA - KLOBIGES PROFIL

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS AHORNHALS USA - KLOBIGES PROFIL

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$6500

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS MAPLE NECK - made in USA :
* headstock logo is gone
* has a lot of weather checking, but appears to be finished OVER the original finish=check last pic* CHUNKY neck profile
* frets have wear
* has a light back bow around first 3 frets but will be perfectly straight with a set of 045's on
* SOLD AS IS - NO RETURNS
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1958 Fender Precision Bass

1958 Fender Precision Bass

Coventry, CV1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£6999


For sale : Original 1958 Fender Precision Bass
Restored about 12 years ago in California. This Bass has had quiet a few changes including a professional re-finish to the body and a pro re-fret. It was originally sunburst which is still some there in the pickup Calverty. Both the Neck and Body pencil dates are present, the pickguard is a replacement - I don't know if its Fender made.
The Original pickups with the raised A pole are in it but I assume they have been re-wound; the ... more
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1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS AHORNHALS USA - KLOBIGES PROFIL

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS AHORNHALS USA - KLOBIGES PROFIL

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$6500

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS MAPLE NECK - made in USA :
* headstock logo is gone
* has a lot of weather checking, but appears to be finished OVER the original finish=check last pic* CHUNKY neck profile
* frets have wear
* has a light back bow around first 3 frets but will be perfectly straight with a set of 045's on
* SOLD AS IS - NO RETURNS
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1959 FENDER PRECISION BASS  /  TELECASTER TÖPFE & KAPPE USA

1959 FENDER PRECISION BASS / TELECASTER TÖPFE & KAPPE USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£1500

* 250 K
* both dated 47th week of '59
* ASTRO cap is included
* many more vintage pots in stock=feel free to ask !
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1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS BODY USA - SÜSSIGKEITAPPLE ROT

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS BODY USA - SÜSSIGKEITAPPLE ROT

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$5000

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS BODY - made in USA :
* original candy apple red finish, very worn
* has extra routs=check all pics
* 63 years old ash=TONE MONSTER !
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1958 Fender Precision Bass Pickup Abdeckung USA

1958 Fender Precision Bass Pickup Abdeckung USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$395

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS PICKUP COVER USA :
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1958 Fender Precision Bass Pickup - Made in USA

1958 Fender Precision Bass Pickup - Made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$1850

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS PICKUP - made in USA :
* staggered pickup is DEAD=NEEDS A REWIND
* pickup with cloth wire reads 5, 8 K
* bobbins have light bends=check pics
* SOLD AS IS - NO RETURNS
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1958 Fender Precision Bass Body - Made in USA

1958 Fender Precision Bass Body - Made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$5000

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS BODY - made in USA :
* refinished in a vibrant turd colour
* appears to be finished in SILVER SPARKLE originally=check pickup cavity rout
* some extra routing in control cavity
* extra strap button screw hole at bottom=check pic 10
* strap button is punched into the wood=check pic 9
* original router hump in lower cutaway still present, but was a bit sanded as usual... more
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1957 Fender Precision Bass Artist Owned Telecaster Headstock RARE Vintage 50s

1957 Fender Precision Bass Artist Owned Telecaster Headstock RARE Vintage 50's

Southend-on-Sea, SS1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£25999

1957 Fender Precision Bass artist owned by prolific bassist DeLisle McKenzie Harper since he purchased the bass in 1977 from the famous Top Gear Music shop on Denmark Street in London   This is one of two vintage Fender basses we have from him. The bass is a rare Fender factory natural stripped finish with matching factory stamps of "2063" on the body and neck, which has a date of 1-57. The body cavity still has some of the original Blond paint, which was the only color on Precision basses made... more
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1958 Fender Precision Bass Body - Made in USA

1958 Fender Precision Bass Body - Made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$5000


1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS BODY - made in USA :
* has an old natural refin=worn
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1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS BODY - made in USA

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS BODY - made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€5000

1958 FENDER PRECISION BASS BODY - made in USA :
* refinished in natural
* TONE MACHINE !
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1959 Hofner Committee

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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 PresidentThePresidentwas 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 newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for theLes Paul Personal / Professional