It is difficult to overstate the significance of the Fender Precision Bass, an absolutely revolutionary instrument which was introduced in 1951. The Precision Bass can be considered the first true electric bass guitar, and its popularity was hugely influential in the development of country, jazz and rock & roll.
Standard Fender P Bass Features -
Double cutaway solid alder body
Single-coil split pickup
Tortoiseshell plastic pickguard
34-inch scale length, dot inlays
One volume, one tone control
It was basic, stripped down, totally playable, and it roared. The P Bass totally revolutionised the way musicians approached “the bottom end” from 1951 onward.
This particular P Bass was created at Fender’s Fullerton facility in 1966, and finished in the very desirable custom colour of Olympic White. It was bought by its current owner in Los Angeles in 1985 when he was on tour with the great Aussie band Divinyls. It has not been changed in any way since that time.
This P Bass has been recorded on dozens of tracks by Divinyls in their heyday, and later with the Hoodoo Gurus. It has been used live on some of the biggest concert stages in Australia and around the world. Suffice to say it is the real deal – a true classic P Bass that has delivered at the pointy end of professional performance and recording for over three decades.
Neck is stamped 5 May 66 C
Pot codes are 3046618 = 1966
Serial # 147xxx = 1966
Of course the original Olympic White finish is now a lovely creamy yellow. The lacquer features bumps, dings & dents, and the natural striations that give an instrument of this age its vintage character.
We think this one may have had a pro refret some time prior to 1985, because the frets are a little larger than most P basses of this era. The nut appears to be original & there is very little fret wear showing.
It may also have had a very light overspray of the back of the neck in order to protect the very beautiful figured maple which is another lovely feature of this bass. It is currently also wearing straplock buttons.
The neck pocket has the correct paint pattern, and it appears that nothing has been touched under the pickguard – see pics. The bridge cover, pickup cover and thumb rest are all long gone.
The neck is straight, the truss rod works, the original Fender tuners have some lovely aged patina but are rock solid. This one has been professionally set up and maintained. It plays great with no dead spots, and sounds huge.
This a rock machine that is a true original in terms of design and application – a classic instrument awaiting its next journey.
Comes in a non original moulded Fender hard shell case.