The dawn of the 1990s saw increasing production activity for new Precision Bass models. After the early 1978 implosion of the too-volatile-to-last Sex Pistols, the more serious Clash assumed the mantle of most important U.K. band and was at its creative and popular peak at the turn of the decade. The second and most substantial revision was implemented in 1957 and resulted in the Precision Bass design that endures today basically unchanged. Copyright ©2020. There were some changes, but nothing that substantially altered the look and feel of the Precision; these included an extra strap button added to the back of the headstock (1960), white three-ply nitrocellulose pickguards in place of tortoiseshell pickguards on most custom color models and patent numbers added to the headstock logo (1961), and “round lam” (radiused and laminated) fretboards in place of slab fretboards (1962-’63). $182.33 shipping. The American Original ‘60s Precision Bass has all of the features with which the P Bass conquered the world of music—elegantly simple, its sound, style and comfort are joined by modern playability. They were few and far between at first; in London, Shadows bassist Terence “Jet” Harris (so nicknamed for his sprinting prowess at secondary school) had received one of the first ones — if not the first Precision Bass in Britain — in 1959. The U.S. Deluxe Precision became the American Deluxe Precision in 1998, with upgraded features. Beautiful period correct case. It is perhaps highly telling that the same bass that percolated throughout the funky New Orleans R&B of the Meters and provided the kinetic jazz funk of Tower of Power was the same bass that stoked the filth and the fury of the Sex Pistols and the forceful melodic power of latter-’70s U.K. acts such as the Jam and Elvis Costello & the Attractions. American Original instruments feature specially voiced pickups crafted to reproduce authentic Fender sound. The Precision Bass models, for example, had bridge plates that were marked from 100 to 2000 between 1951 and 1955. Hi Here is my 1960 precision bass. It was available only in a blonde finish. There were two guitars — but we only heard one. Owning very little in the way of resources — only the name, distribution and some leftover inventory and machinery (no U.S. factory) — Schultz set about rebuilding and revitalizing Fender. Lover’s large new pickup for the bass necessitated redesigning the pickguard to accommodate it; the model included other new revisions in the form of a three-bolt neck plate and bullet truss rod. While Fender Japan now became the world’s main producer of Fender instruments, Schultz and his staff established headquarters for the newly renamed Fender Musical Instruments Corporation in Brea, Calif., and acquired a 14,000-square-foot factory in Corona, Calif., in October 1985. The Precision Bass was everywhere during first half of the 1960s, and it remained remarkably unchanged during this period, as opposed to the handful of periodic revisions and redesigns Fender imposed during the 1950s. Even as seasoned veterans and new generations of able and adventurous players continued to put the Precision to great use, the quality of Fender instruments in general was seen to gradually decline throughout the 1970s and early 1980s under the ham-fisted rule of media giant CBS. This 1963 Fender Precision bass is an absolute pleasure to listen to and play. As the 1960s drew to a close, a larger headstock logo replaced the Precision Bass’s previous “transition” logo in 1969, and the extra strap button on the back of the headstock added in 1960 was discontinued. This amazing P Bass features the 1960 oval "C" neck carve many of the bass players here at Sweetwater consider the perfect balance of heft and comfort. The album, Ramones, sent shock waves through the rock world and heralded the large-scale arrival of a reactionary new musical movement that had been brewing since rock was born two decades earlier. 2020/11/08 - Pinterest で Yukio Murofushi さんのボード「Bass Guitar」を見てみましょう。。「ベースギター, ベース, ギター」のアイデアをもっと見てみましょう。 Fender promotional literature of the early 1950s also featured bassists John “Shifty” Henry (“Shifte Henri”) and Bob Manners of the then-popular Liberace TV show. Although capable of great musical subtlety in practiced hands, the Precision was perhaps the least subtle of all Fender instruments; a veritable musical battering ram that was felt as much as heard. There are deliberately banged-up Precisions and pristine ones; period-correct vintage models and modern iterations. It had a “slab” (non-contoured) ash body with two “horns” (as opposed to the Telecaster’s one; this provided greater balance and was subsequently adapted for the Stratocaster), a one-piece 20-fret maple neck fixed to the body by four screws (despite use of the technically incorrect term “bolt-on”), a single pickup, black pickguard, Kluson tuners, treble-side thumb rest, a string-through-body bridge with a cover (with a mute), and two pressed fiber bridge saddles. The company introduced its first bass model with active electronics, the Precision Bass Special, in 1980, and Fender very soon abandoned the three-bolt neck-mounting system adopted in the early 1970s; returning to the classic four-bolt method for all of its bass guitars. This bass is exactly what an early 1960's Fender P bass was like brand new. Its a working bass so has had a few changes over the years.. ORIGONAL STUFF Body. Finally, resident Motown Precision Bass masters James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt received the individual recognition they so richly deserved. That year, the instrument was given its now-familiar split-coil pickup, headstock shape based on the Stratocaster® guitar, and one-piece pickguard assembly to which the electronics were fixed (the pickguard itself was gold anodized aluminum with a cutout for the new pickup). Its predecessor was the age-old upright bass, a large, bulky instrument that took up a lot of space in the touring bus and had become increasingly difficult to hear as bands grew louder. Even better! Production began in Corona in 1987 of the first new U.S.-built models, the American Standard Precision and the Precision Bass Plus; the latter of which featured a 22-fret neck (up from the traditional 20), Lace Sensor active pickups with series/parallel switching and an elongated upper horn for improved balance (this last imparted a noticeably odd look to the instrument, but nonetheless remained in place until the model was discontinued in 1993). I learned to play it right away. More recent models of the Precision Bass include entries into the American Elite, American Performer Series and Player Series. ... 1960 Fender Precision Bass, Sunburst All Original. A detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. Several new instruments were introduced in 1990-1991, including the Precision Bass Plus Deluxe, limited edition 40th Anniversary Deluxe Precision Bass, limited edition 1951 reissue Precision and a limited edition James Jamerson Precision; the latter three from the ever-growing Custom Shop. Original-era fans can rest assured every curve and line of the body and neck are accurate to the historic originals. Indeed, some of Wilson’s best-known and most epic compositions — and biggest Beach Boys hits — featured Precision Bass work from ace Los Angeles “Wrecking Crew” studio veterans, such as Larry Knechtel (Bobby Freeman cover “Do Ya Wanna Dance?”), Ray Pohlman (“Help Me, Rhonda”) and, most notably, Carol Kaye (“California Girls,” “Wouldn’t it Be Nice,” “Good Vibrations”). There are boutique-ish high-end Precisions for more discerning players that look as great hanging above the mantelpiece as they do onstage. The nitrocellulose lacquer finish not only lets the body breathe with its true tonal character, it also ages and wears in a distinctively personal way. A limited edition Fender 50th anniversary American Standard Precision appeared in 1996. 's), Bruce Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Attractions). With that new mid-’80s beginning under Bill Schultz, Fender started by concentrating on quality rather than quantity, beginning with a small number of vintage reissue instruments and redesigned back-to-basics modern guitars and basses dubbed American Standard models. The 1960s The 1960s was the decade in which the Precision cemented its reputation as the workhorse bass guitar. Does it have a small carving on the neck, by the headstock that says “FUNK”? In its standard, post-1957 configuration, the Precision Bass is a solid body, four-stringed instrument equipped with a single split-coil humbucking pickup and a one-piece, 20-fret maple neck with rosewood, pau ferro, or maple fingerboard. Also in 1987, the Fender Custom Shop was established, with one of its very first creations (work order No. That year, his iconoclastic band released its seminal eponymous debut album, which inspired legions of imitators. The Precision Bass began the 2000s by having the American Standard model transformed into the American Series Precision, upgraded with solid wood construction and parchment pickguards. In 1964, the clay dot markers on the fretboard were replaced with faux pearl dots, white three-ply vinyl pickguards replaced tortoiseshell pickguards (which had proven troublesome), pickup bobbins changed from black to gray-green and, most notably, the Precision’s thin ’50s-era “spaghetti” headstock logo was replaced with the darker and heavier “transition” logo. Meanwhile, an even more incendiary debut was in the works across the Atlantic in London. Fender isn’t just for electric guitars and amps. Matching color pegheads started around 1962 on the Jazzmaster, Jaquar and Jazz Bass models (considered the top-end models by Fender at that time). Get the look and sound of a well-loved Fender 1960 Precision Bass, without the collector's market price tag, with the Fender Custom Shop 1960 Time Machine Heavy Relic Precision Bass. Fender further innovated the bass with the release of the Jazz Bass in 1960. The range 100-400 was used specifically between the years of 1951 and 1952. Fender-Squier Brands Electric Guitar 2 Year Limited Warranty, American Original 60's Precision Bass 0190120XXX SM REV A 10-16-2017, Fender® Artisan Crafted Leather Straps - 2.5", Single Pure Vintage ‘63 split-coil P Bass pickup, Thick “1963 C”-shaped neck profile; 9.5”-radius fingerboard, Vintage-style hardware; four-saddle bridge. Embedded content: https://youtu.be/qFbQQYHLndM. It is at this point that the modern-era history of the Precision Bass truly begins. Most significantly, CBS appointed former Yamaha executive William Schultz as president of Fender in 1981. Learn more about Fender electric basses. Fender. This bass has been played but it is completely intact except for the thumb rest and the strap button on the back on the headstock. $10,299.99. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. The back finish shows some wear and chipping from age. “I wanted a Fender, but they just weren’t available,” Entwistle told Guitar Player magazine in 1974. “I think Jet Harris was the only person who had one then.”, Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/embed/m6LvSN0xhP0. The first commercial unit of the Precision Bass was produced in October 1951. Also new were a smaller single-ply white pickguard, steel bridge saddles in place of pressed fiber saddles, serial numbers on the bridge instead of the neck plate, and a handsome two-color sunburst finish (like the Stratocaster). A notable artistic development of that year came with the release of the eponymous debut album by the Meters, which introduced the world to the impeccable Precision Bass chops of master New Orleans funk/soul bassist George Porter Jr. Interior has some minor stains but in overall great condition with all working latches & hinges. One early champion was bandleader Lionel Hampton, who was featured in 1952 promotional materials for the instrument; both his bass players in the 1950s, William “Monk” Montgomery and Roy Johnson, used the instrument extensively. ($18,000 to 23,000, custom color) Originally offered in any color … After the turn of the millennium, the Precision positively blossomed in a wealth of instrument series, specialty versions and artist signature models. This 9.5”-radius fingerboard is slightly flatter than a vintage-style 7.25” radius, providing a comfortable fret-hand feel. Check out our selection of vintage P-Basses. The label promptly started pumping out hit after infectious pop hit, nearly all of it underpinned by the masterfully inventive and irresistibly propulsive bass work of James Jamerson, and the lion’s share of that rendered on a 1962 Precision he dubbed “the Funk Machine.”. For sale is a 1960 Fender Precision Bass restored by Bluesman Vintage Guitars in Tennessee. 1960 - The Fender Jazz Bass was introduced. Nowhere was this more evident than in Detroit, where Motown Records was incorporated in April 1960. These included the Sting Precision Bass (2001); Mike Dirnt Precision Bass (2004); Tony Franklin Fretless Precision (2006); Duff McKagan P Bass (2007); Steve Harris Precision and Road Worn ’50s Precision basses (2009); Roger Waters Precision Bass (2010); Nate Mendel P Bass (2012); and 2016 saw the release of the both the Flea Bass and the American Professional series, which saw a number of innovative features brought to the classic Precision Bass. Tunes the same as a regular bass.”. He soon sold it at the behest of Detours guitarist Roger Daltrey, who thought it kept blowing up speakers. Passionate about the brand and eager to reverse its ailing fortunes, Schultz immediately recommended modernizing Fender’s U.S. manufacturing facilities, which largely meant halting production while machinery was updated and staff was re-trained. Be the first to know about new products, featured content, exclusive offers and giveaways. Copyright ©2020. An updated take on the instrument that created the pop culture soundtrack of the 20th century, the Fender American Original '60s Precision Bass is the best way to get original-era sound and style with today's feel. 1960 Fender Bass case in excellent condition! 1972 list price, $307.50. An enduringly endearing Precision Bass recorded moment hit the charts in 1973 with the release of Pink Floyd’s massively successful eighth studio album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Fender American Original ’60s Precision Bass Product Code: BAS156 By the 1960s, the Precision Bass was the workhorse electric bass; from the clubs of Detroit to the beaches of Southern California, its tone laid the foundation for modern music. Its lead single, “Money” boasted an irresistibly infectious Precision Bass riff by the song’s author, Roger Waters, while simultaneously accomplishing the unusual feat of becoming an enormous international hit that happened to be in an oddball (for rock music, anyway) 7/4 time signature. There's no denying the Precision Bass is the most iconic electric bass -- its thunderous sound was the foundation of modern music, laying down the grooves in Motor City during the '60s. Concurrently, he suggested building Fender instruments in Japan for the large Japanese market. Once the Precision was introduced, Fender’s sales arm wasted no time in getting the unusual new instrument into as many influential hands as possible. From the bridge to the string tree and tuning machines, every piece of hardware is just like the original. When the Fender Precision bass was introduced in late 1951, almost immediately it had a dramatic and lasting effect on how music was heard and played. With the renaissance in post-punk British rock and pop, great U.K. bassists who came to the fore in the late 1970s continued to turn in exemplary Precision work in the 1980s, such as Bruce Thomas with Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Bruce Foxton with the Jam, Sting with the Police, Jean-Jacques Burnel with the Stranglers and Paul Simonon with the Clash. Lay down the low end with the Fender Original 62 P Bass Pickup -- accurate reproductions of the pickups from the 1962 Precision Bass -- used on the American Vintage '62 P Bass. That same year, the new wave of British Heavy Metal was launched in earnest with the release of Iron Maiden’s eponymous debut album, which introduced the world to the melodically galloping Precision Bass prowess of Steve Harris. In Detroit, 1971 brought a Motown milestone in the form of Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece album, What’s Going On. In fact, I used it on the job the same day I got it. First introduced in 1960 as the Deluxe Model, it borrowed design elements from the Jazzmaster guitar. 1958-’60 Fender Precision Bass. Numbers 0001 through 0999 were used between 1952 and 1954. Condition Having been kept safely with its original owner for decades, this bass is in excellent condition. The electronics have plenty of life and this bass has a thick woody sound. William "Monk" Montgomery and Roy Johnson (Lionel Hampton), Donald "Duck" Dunn (Booker T. & the M.G. Also during the first half of the 1960s, the Precision made its way across the Atlantic to the U.K. They introduced the world’s first commercially successful electric bass, the Precision Bass, in 1951 and have consistently produced some of the world’s best and most popular ever since. 1972 list price, $307.50. That year, 14-year old John Entwistle simply built his own crude homemade instrument based on photos he collected of Precision basses—Harris’s undoubtedly among them. Telling that the same bass that so supremely underpinned Pink Floyd’s 1973 psychedelic masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon was the same bass that also elegantly underpinned the Eagles’ seminal 1973 country rock classic Desperado. Free shipping. 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