Precision Bass At The Music Zoo
The Fender Precision Bass is one of the most important instruments ever conceived! It has shaped the sounds and styles of electric basses for decades, and has been heard on countless recordings spanning every genre. At The Music Zoo, we're big fans of the P-Bass, and our selection is sure to provide the perfect choice for every player, whether you're seeking out a vintage player-grade example with some extra mojo, a piece inspired by your favorite artist, value-packed Mexican Fender or Squier examples, stunning Fender Custom Shop creations, or a timeless USA production model, we're the destination with the best combination of the unique and rare and the everyday must-haves!
Precision Bass History
Fender's Precision bass has spawned countless imitators. It first appeared on the scene in 1951, alongside the original Nocaster and Telecaster models. It's name stems from the "precision" at which a player was able to find and play notes, because of the frets and amplified sound, features that a normal stand-up bass of course lacked. The early P-Bass, from 1951 until 1957, was a bit different than the P-Bass as we know it today. Like the Telecaster, the cutaways had no contour, and the bass used a lone single coil pickup and a black pickguard shaped a bit differently. These early P-basses were only available with a maple fingerboard, and often featured metal bridge and pickup covers. In 1957, the P-Bass received some upgrades inspired by the new Stratocaster model, including a reshaped pickguard, a contoured body, reshaped headstock, and a new "split coil" pickup - two single coils that were offset and arranged in humbucking mode. Rosewood fingerboards were added in 1959, and the tortoise shell pickguard appeared in 1960, replacing the anodized aluminum pickguards of prior years.
In 1968, the Telecaster Bass was introduced, and was technically Fender's first "reissue" - inspired by the pre-1957 P-Bass. Though, with the introduction of the Wide Range humbuckers often used throughout the late '60s and '70s, the Telecaster bass evolved into a bit of a different beast, using these humbuckers. In the '70s the first fretless P-Basses appeared, most had fret "lines" but still gave the fretless tone that some players missed. The early '80s gave way to the new Precision Bass Elite, a model with similar features as it's contemporaries, including the new TBX tone circuit, a redesigned bridge, and active pickups. Japanese examples were still manufactured during Fender's USA production lull in the mid '80s, and by the late '80s, the American Standard and Plus models were also offered. In 2017 the American Standard Series gave way to the new American Professional lineup.
The Music Zoo is an authorized Fender and Squier dealer, and our used inventory is packed to the brim! Our Precision Basses are individually photographed and weighed, and undergo a rigorous inspection by our team of technicians, so you can be sure that wood grain you just fell in love with will look the same when it arrives at your doorstep, and the bass will be ready to play right out of the case. Make your next P-Bass purchase online at The Music Zoo, or visit our New York showroom to shop today!