Fender '51 Precision Bass  

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This product has been discontinued but may be available as a Open Box item.

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Gutsy, vintage appeal for the Precision player.

This reissue of the Fender '51 Precision Electric Bass Guitar nails all the important details of the original--including the sound. A vintage single-coil pickup halfway between the bridge and neck, 2-saddle bridge, gorgeous ash body, and one-piece maple neck and fretboard make up the killer combination that carried the low end of half the top acts of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Amoeba pickguard, vintage chrome knobs and knob plate, stunning butterscotch blonde see-through finish, and classic narrow headstock make it look as cool as it plays.

  • Ash body
  • One-piece maple neck/fretboard
  • Single-coil pickup
  • 34" scale
  • Vintage frets

'51 Precision Bass Specifications:

  • Body: Ash
  • Bridge/Tremolo: 2 Saddle Style '51 P-Bass
  • Case Included: No
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Frets: 20 Vintage Style
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine Heads: Vintage Style Reverse Tuning Machines
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.63"
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply White
  • Pickups: 1 Original Single-Coil Precision Bass Pickup
  • Scale: 34"
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51 P Bass is Fantastic!!!!

By Garrett S

from Lawrenceville, GA

The Fender 51 P Bass Reissure (made in Japan) is one finely made instrument and plays great. The Finish work is excellent. The Single Coil and volume/tone knobs are all you need. Th strings are thru the body. The Butterscotch and Black is beautiful and the Tele style body has a feel of a REAL instrument. Way to go Fender. I love mine. (Self taught musician over the last few years just having some fun.)

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This one is special !

By Ray Davis

from Newport, RI

This Fender 51 P Bass is really afind. String this bass with flatwounds and have it set up correctly and it plays and sounds like Only a Fender P bass can and should. I love the smooth solid Fender bottom sound this bass gives. It plays really well and has that vintage look and feel but most important is that Fender sound! This is a great bass for any bassist to have in their arsenal.

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51 P-Bass Reissue

By Charles-XqS5p

from College Park, MD

I've played bass off and on since 1966 and this is one cool bass. Fit and finish is flawless. It is a bit noisy for studio work but for club work it's fine. I got the brown tolex case and it is super retro. I have played it for a year now and still find it a great buy and the sound is what you would expect from a single pick-up bass. This is a no frills bass and that's the way bass should be. I agree with other owners that they should have put the covers on but most people took them off when they were new.

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Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover

By Brian-da7Sn

from Orlando, FL

When I saw it in a local music shop, I thought, "That's an ugly looking bass." I plugged it in and I heard a sound so smooth and yet so edgy, I thought God was playing the bass. It sounds much much better than it looks. If you have the money, you should buy it.

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Leo got it right the first time

By Paul Foti

from The Island of Kauai

It's a great instrument. The Japan workmanship is equal to the fender custom shop. My only gripe was with the pickup's high end. It was harsh; also, its output was a bit uneven from string to string. To remedy this I had the pickup re-wound and re-magnetized by 'Don Mare who, at one time, wound pickups for Fender and is an expert on early telecasters.

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Best Bass ever!

By William Meckfessel

from Dallas, TX

This is the best bass i have ever played. Buy it right away.

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You want a sweet bass for half the price you would pay? this one is it.I cant quit playing it.I gig weekly with it and use a Ampeg Porta 250 on a Porta 2X10 cab.Don't mess with effects, you wont need them.The pickup is punchy and smooth.Use 10's in your cab when play as the lows are very heavy.This is a 70's rock bass dream!.Think rock and you wont be disappointed.This is not a new age country studio bass.It's a vintage work horse .

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50's P-Bass Reissues

By Bass Boy

from East Coast

I don't have this model, but I purchased the limited issue of the 54' Pink Paisley P-Bass. It's a very light and comfortable bass that's easy to play. Now I know some feel better than others that come from the factory, but mine is a stock good player. I replaced the factory strings with Rotosound roundwounds and the bass has some bite. The pickup IS a little noisy despite what you read on these reviews, just keep your hand on the strings or get a noise gate pedal. The paisley finish is beautiful and have a nice 60's psych vibe. My only complaint is it should have included the pickup/bridge covers. I will not add them however, because I want to keep it original. Intonation and action is very nice and all in all a very nice player for the money. Plug this into a 100W + bass amp (Ashdown or Eden) and watch out. Enjoy!

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The ONE bass you'll ever want to play again!

By Cheryl

from Toronto-area, Canada

When I ordered this bass, I was a little afraid that the pick-up would be weak and noisy, and looks would be all it had going for it. (it has an unbelievable beatnik vibe, I got the yellow and black one) The sound is unbelievable!! The tone curve is from deep and creamy to bright and almost glassy, and the neck makes it an unbelievable slapper. I did a meticulous side-by-side test between this bass and an American modern P-bass, jazz bass, Gibson, Yamaha and many others for tone, playability and looks when I was trying it out in the store, it won even over the American P-bass. I sold my over-fancy 5-string, 5-knob 3-band EQ Carvin right away, as the '51 P-bass had far more intelligent and effective tone control. The Tele style body does not make it uncomfortable, and it is over 2 pounds lighter than my 4-string Stingray. The only bass it doesn't replace is a fretless, but that's really a whole other world. I have hardly been able to put it down since I got it. This bass also takes effects boxes extremely well, and matched with a good multi-effects box and a decent amp, you can abandon all the overdone, hyped-up basses with their excessive knobs, switches and strings forever in favor of beautiful tone and an incredibly playable neck. This bass allows you to make that blessed shift BACK to the music and away from just fiddling with your gear. It is also a great performer on stage and, well, it really makes you look unbelievably cool....

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Top Fender Quality

By Ben-Yio_T

from Mesa, Arizona

Amazing bass. Amazing quality the sound is a rich warm tone or an awesome bright punchy sound with just enough twang in it. I've had this bass for over a month now and let me tell you this bass packs quite the punch. Its best of the best in quality in every sense. The alder body is a little heavier but it resonation is awesome and it has so much sustain. Awesome authentic 50s look with reverse tuning pegs. I could go on and on. Its absolutely beautiful. Don't think twice about buying it.

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