Fender Precision Bass Blonde 1953

As the first production model bass guitar, the Fender Precision bass was an absolutely revolutionary instrument upon its introduction in 1951. Built as a bass counterpart to the Telecaster, the Precision or P Bass evolved throughout the ‘50s with changing electronics, body shape, and cosmetic details. The first major change to the design came in 1954 when the body was switched to include contours on the edges. Precision Basses from 1953 are the last with exclusively a Tele-style slab body. 

Years of Production: 1951 - present

Unique to this Year: 
Last full year of slab body style. 

Body Style:
Double cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition:  
Ash body, Maple neck

Design Elements: Single-coil pickup with level pole pieces, black bakelite pickguard, thru-body construction, 34-inch scale length, dot inlays

Finish Specifications: Blonde or Butterscotch Blonde was the standard finish on Precision basses until 1954. 

Notable Players: Geezer Butler, Roger Waters, John Deacon, Sting

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