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Guitar of the Day

You want retro? We’ve got retro! In fact, if ever there was any instrument that embodies the early days of rock and roll and electric instruments, it’s the 1951 Fender Precision Bass. Before Leo Fender created this instrument, bass parts were played on huge, unwieldy upright basses, which were notoriously difficult to record – let alone play, as they had no frets! This ’51 reissue has an ash body with a wonderful Butterscotch Blonde finish, one vintage-style split single-coil pickup and that unmistakable trademark Fender maple neck and fingerboard with the classic “C” shape.

What really sets this bass off is the look of the original P-Bass headstock shape, which is almost like a Tele headstock on steroids (later P-Basses had the larger, standard Fender headstock) and the unusually-shaped, black, single-ply pickguard. The bridge is a faithful recreation of the two-saddle original and all the hardware is chrome plated. The look, feel, and vibe of this bass are classic Fender, and it’s so accurate that other players will wonder just where you found this treasure. Ultimately, the ’51 Precision Bass is a superb reminder of Leo Fender’s innate genius when it came to designing electric guitars and basses. Considering the fact that he wasn’t a bass player himself, you have to wonder where these inspirations came from. The ’51 P-Bass is a celebration of over five decades of Fender bass history and tradition!

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