Fender Precision Bass Sunburst 1961

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. By 1961, the P-Bass had changed to use a standard slab Rosewood fingerboard as well as a countered Strat-like body.

Years of Production: 1951 - present

Unique to this Year: 
Last year of all slab fingerboard

Body Style: 
Double cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition:  
Adler body, Maple neck, slab Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Single-coil split pickup with level pole pieces, tortoiseshell plastic pickguard, 34-inch scale length, dot inlays

Finish Specifications: Sunburst is a more common color for vintage Fenders and is not as sought-after as rarer finish options.  

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

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