Fender Precision Bass Fretless 1971 Sunburst

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $1,600$2,400

As the first production model bass guitar, the Fender Precision bass was an absolutely revolutionary instrument upon its introduction in 1951. The Precision or P Bass evolved throughout the ‘50s with changing electronics, body shape, and cosmetic details. P Basses from after the CBS Fender buyout of 1965 (which brought more of a mass-production style of construction) are of less interest to collectors than their earlier counterparts. By the end of the decade, notable changes include a new thicker polyester finish and a F-style tuning gears.  Fretless fingerboards were introduced as an option in 1970.

Years of Production: 1970 - present

Unique to this Year: 
New neck and fingerboard options were introduced in the late '60s. By 1971, fretless fingerboards were a standard option on the P Bass.

Body Style: 
Double cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition:  
Adler body, Maple neck, 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 common color for vintage Fenders.

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


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