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 which were standard by '59. 

Years of Production: 1951 - present

Unique to this Year: 
Along with other production Fenders, 1959 marked a change to a slab Rosewood fingerboard instead of Maple. Also starting in 1959, the pickguard material used changed; the older aluminum pickguard is more sought-after than the later tortoise pickguard.  

Body Style: 
Double cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition: 
Adler body, Maple neck

Design Elements: Split single-coil pickup with level pole pieces, aluminum pickguard, 34-inch scale length, dot inlays (examples from earlier in year carry design of '56 P Bass)

Finish Specifications: Three-tone sunburst was introduced on the Precision Bass starting in 1958.  Custom color options can substantially increase the value of '59 Precision Basses. 

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

Product Specs

  • Precision Bass with Rosewood Fretboard and Tortoise Pickguard
  • Sunburst
  • 1959
Made In
  • United States

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