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Fender Precision bass timelines, 1970s

1950s | 1960s | 1970s


*Slightly narrow neck width.
Rosewood fingerboard as standard, maple optional.
Fretless instruments now available
Fender custom colours 1970

See the following pages of the 1970 Fender catalogue: Fender Precision | Fender Precision Fretless | Fender color chart

1971 Firemist silver, Firemist gold and Ocean turquoise metallic all dropped as custom colours
Price: $293.50 (custom colours $307.50)


The lowdown on the bass

See the 1972 Fender guitar and bass catalog
Sonic blue dropped
Price: $293.50 (custom colours $307.50)


Making it in music means getting on the road. With a Fender Precision Bass, it means travelling with the first electric bass

Lake placid blue and Candy apple red dropped


In Concert. The worlds favorite performers appear In Concert. And 9 out of 10 times the electric bass is a Fender

Price: $325 (custom colours $340)


Goldilocks and the three bears ...someones playing my Precision bass right now, said baby bear


The Hearty-Roaring, Wide-Ranging Precision Bass. Found in virtually all musical environments, the Precision Bass is by far the most prolific of the species Basso Electrica

parts list


You Can Take A Fender Anywhere
		Whatever band you play in, you ve got to pick up on a lot of musical styles

Price: $460 (maple neck, fretless, left handed and case extra)



Fender Precision bass featured in the 1979 Fender publicity

Tobacco Sunburst, Natural, Black, White, Wine, Antigua

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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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1979 Fender Precision Bass a very clean original 45 year old ready to enjoy.

1979 Fender Precision Bass a very clean original 45 year old ready to enjoy.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in is this really pretty 1978 Precision Bass w / all the right stuff. It has an original Black finish over a lightweight alder body, its Maple Neck is super clean & dated to 1978. Its has a black pickgard pulls this all together. Its split pickup is super punchy. Its original pot codes date to 1978. It has a nice rather clean patina for a 46 year old original. It plays & feels excellent having killer sustain & tone qualities & comes complete w / a nice black tolex hard case.... more
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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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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 "  
Comes with Original Fender... more
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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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Original 1970s Fender, sponges in place-hard, normal vintage wear with patina as shown. Thanks for looking
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1979 Fender Precision Bass played by Phil Lynott / Thin Lizzy Miami Jai Lai 1979.

1979 Fender Precision Bass played by Phil Lynott / Thin Lizzy Miami Jai Lai 1979.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in is this really cool 1979 Precision Bass w / all the right stuff w / a cool story behind it. It supposedly once was used by Phil Lynott of ??Thin Lizzy?? during their 1979 Tour in the States. On July 22, 1979, Phil & his band opened up for Journey at the ??Miami Jai Lai?? where it was a regularly used concert hall for quite a few years. It??s exactly as it was when new in 1979 when Phil played it briefly. It has an original Black finish over a heavy alder body, its Rosewood Neck is a ... more
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Fender Precision bass 1978  Black

Fender Precision bass 1978  Black

Scottsdale, Arizona, 852**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender Precision bass 1978 Black. Fantastic playing and sounding bass! The neck, body, and tuners are original to the bass. The pickguarad, pots, and pickups are repro. The pickups are Fender Original '62 reissue P-Bass pickups. Very accurate split single-coil reproductions, that are warm and dynamic. Sounds great! The neck is butter, with easy playing action up and down the neck. Frets have good life left as well. The bass is also super resonant. HSC includedWeight- 10lbs 2oz
Nut Width- 1 5... more
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1978 Fender Precision Bass Sunburst Electric Bass Guitar w /  Case & Cable #51344

1978 Fender Precision Bass Sunburst Electric Bass Guitar w / Case & Cable #51344

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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eBay Template Design by OCDesignsOnline HomeAboutTestimonialsPoliciesContactSell your Gear 1978 Fender Precision Bass Sunburst Electric Bass Guitar w / Case & Cable #51344 ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××× Item DescriptionWORKING CONDITION: Excellent - Tonally this bass sounds incredible. The knob pots were a ... more
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1976 Fender Precision Electric Bass - Natural

1976 Fender Precision Electric Bass - Natural

Dobbs Ferry, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a good condition 1976 Fender Precision Electric Bass in Natural finish. This classic instrument plays very well when connected to an amplifier. There is a large hairline crack across the front just above the bridge, in addition to several smaller hairline cracks across the front and back (all pictured). This bass will come with a gig bag
Please reach out with any questions
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1978 Fender Precision "Fretless" Bass a near mint all original w / a thinner neck.

1978 Fender Precision "Fretless" Bass a near mint all original w / a thinner neck.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in is another incredible 1978 Precision ??Fretless?? Bass w / all the right features in exceptionally clean shape, its has an original Sunburst finish over a nice lightweight Ash body, its Rosewood Neck is a very rare ??A?? spec neck w / a 1 5 / 8?? nut like a Jazz Bass, is dated to 1978 & is super clean, its original Black pickgard pulls this all together making it one of Fender??s best & last great Post-CBS P Basses, its split pickup is super smooth w / that quintessential warm ... more
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Vintage 1975 Fender Precision Bass Sunburst w Original Hardshell Case

Vintage 1975 Fender Precision Bass Sunburst w Original Hardshell Case



Here is an exceptional example of a 1975 Fender Precision Bass in original Sunburst finish
It's remarkably clean, plays great, and has that signature 1970s Fender P-Bass tone. Warm, fat and percussive
Completely 100% original .all electronics, pots, pickups, tuners, finish, etc
Comes with nice clean original hardshell case, too
Buyer pays $125 shipping in the USA, $150 to Hawaii or Alaska, $400 International, $450 to Australia
Pay Pal Accepted
International Buyers ? ... more
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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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1975 fender precision bass guitar

1975 fender precision bass guitar

Hudson, Wisconsin, 540**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a well preserved 1975 Fender precision bass guitar that i believe when it was new it was in the color white and now over the years it has conformed to the yellow petina. I have had the guitar for over 20 years and just don't play it. It should be with some one does as I am a 6 strip player. It has been very well kept and has rested in the original case. This guitar was compleatly broken down by gutar center in MN and was varified they are all arigional parts for the year. I will ad more ... more
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1976 Fender Precision Bass USA Natural Vintage

1976 Fender Precision Bass USA Natural Vintage

Pleasanton, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1976 Fender Precision Bass USA Natural Vintage

It's in beautiful overall condition and in excellent playing shape!

Original natural finish. Just one small blemish on the back of neck (pictured) just adds to it's character. Comes with hard shell case. This is definitely the one you've been looking for!
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1971 Fender Precision Bass (modified)

1971 Fender Precision Bass (modified)

Franklin, Virginia, 238**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1971 Fender Precision Bass with many modifications
-Schaller tuners and Badass bridge installed
-Fretboard has been scalloped on the high register
-Pick guard changed and 74 pickups installed
-possibly refretted with jumbo frets
All frets are high and big with almost no wear
All this work was done years ago
I bought it exactly this way over 20 years ago
I haven't done anything but had one pick up repaired to 74 factory spec about the same time i bought it
Very... more
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Vintage Fender Precision Bass Fretless Black 1975

Vintage Fender Precision Bass Fretless Black 1975

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender Precision Bass Fretless Black 1975
A true vintage fretless P-Bass offering superb playability & dynamic tone. The black finish pairs perfectly with the black pickguard & maple fingerboard - just an ultra cool look overall. Professionally inspected & set up by the experts here at Cream City Music, so it's ready for action straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: This was definitely ... more
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* finish is worn
* neck date has faded
* frets have WEAR=check last pic
* nickel tuners & string tree are included

Over 1000 more
TAKE A LOOK !!!... more
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Fender Precision Bass Fretless 1978 USA

Fender Precision Bass Fretless 1978 USA

Port St. Mary, IM9***, UNITED KINGDOM


1978 Fender Precision Fretless Bass in Sun Burst finish. Fantastic condition, what a delight
Ash slab with maple neck and rosewood fretboard
Super clean, all original example, with original non Fender case, manual and original payment card. Original covers and thumb rest with original screws
No repairs; slight dings to body as shown on photos. Matching serial number stickers on the body and pick guard match; S8 Serial number
Super playing & sounding P-Bass that is in fantastic... more
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1978 Fender Precision Bass Vintage

1978 Fender Precision Bass Vintage

Calgary, Alberta, T2Z***, CANADA

C $5250

1978 Fender precision bass in vintage sunburst color is in excellent conditionVery minor scratches Great vintage bassOne owner vintage bassExcellent all original classic bass Pease refer to the pictures for a cosmetic conditionComes with original hard shell caseLocated in Calgary, Alberta, CanadaFree local pick upWill ship to Canada and USA via UPS or Canada PostIf you have any questions or would like to have more pictures, please contactThanks for a viewing... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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.