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❌ SOLD ❌ Fender Precision Bass Black Refinish, 1959


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Leo Fender’s Precision Bass broke new ground in a number of ways, and it can be argued that it changed the way music is presented to audiences. Compared to acoustic archtop basses, the P-Bass is very portable, can work at any volume without feedback, and can provide pitch with precision. Indeed, the very idea of adding frets to a bass was radical and suddenly anyone could play in tune.

First appearing in 1951, the Fender Precision Bass quickly established market dominance. Every player could see, hear and feel the benefits of a smaller, lighter instrument that could play in tune and could be heard on any size stage without feeding back. WIth a number of variations this instrument has been in constant production.

Part of the genius of the Fender design is that these instruments are extremely durable. It’s very, very hard to break one to the point where it is unusable.

This vintage Fender Precision Bass built during 1959. It’s been used as intended and has played countless shows around Ontario, Canada – attested to by the stickers on the original tweed case. Somewhere in the dim and distant past, the alder body’s original finish was removed and a black finish was applied. The refinish itself has an amount of honest play wear. The neck is the standard one-piece Maple Fender design, and its finish is original, with the smooth wear and patina that only comes from decades of use.

The pickguard is anodized aluminum. These pickguards were used between mid-1957 and mid-1959. The pots and capacitor all date to 1959 and the wiring seems original. The tuners are original models.

This bass is currently strung with DR Legend flat-wounds plays very well; there is moderate fretwear but with flats, it could be years before service to the frets is required.

The original rectangular tweed case, covered in destination stickers and messages, is included.


Price: $0.00 CAD
  • Model: Precision Bass
  • Year: 1959
  • Finish Black Refinish
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 37342
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 16/05/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.89lbs 4.04kg
  • Scale Length: 34in 863.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.69in 43mm
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