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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. A major set of changes occurred in mid 1957, so the P Bass of 1956 is the last with a number of original details including the non-split single-coil pickup and Tele-style headstock.

Years of Production: 1951 - present

Unique to this Year: 
Last year with Tele-style headstock and original single-coil pickup style. Main body wood switches from Ash to Alder mid year, except on see-through Blonde finished guitars. Also, custom color options become available in 1956.

Body Style: 
Double cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition:  
Adler body, Maple neck

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

Finish Specifications: Two-tone sunburst was introduced on the Precision Bass starting in 1954.  

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

Product Specs

  • Precision Bass
  • Sunburst
  • 1956
Made In
  • United States

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