Fender Precision Bass 1965 Candy Apple Red

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  • $5,000$8,000

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 the beginning of 1965, CBS had taken full control of Fender and began a shift towards mass-production style construction. While some of these changes were not entirely detrimental through 1965, Fenders from 1965 an onward are less collectable than earlier models. 

Years of Production: 1951 - present

Unique to this Year: 
First year of CBS ownership.

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: Candy Apple Red is a very sought-after common color for vintage Fender basses.

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


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