Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer - Black

4-string Electric Bass with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, 1 Single-coil Pickup, and Vintage-style Bridge - Black
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Weight: 8lbs 10oz
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Weight: 8lbs 10oz
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A Precision Bass with a Lacquer Finish

Want a vintage-styled bass with a lacquer finish? The Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer is the bass you have been waiting for. The classic alder body is finished in gloss nitrocellulose lacquer that will age gracefully over time. The wide C-shaped maple neck sports a maple fretboard with a 7.25" radius and vintage-style frets. This bass looks and feels like an old and well-loved bass. Then finish the package off with an alnico pickup and a tweed hardshell case. The Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer is a must have for your bass collection.

Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer Solidbody Electric Bass at a Glance:

  • Vintage styling and appointments

  • Classic Precision Bass design
  • Original neck shape with rosewood fretboard offers authentic feel
Vintage styling and appointments

Just like the original Precision Basses, the Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer sports vintage appointments and an authentic gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the body and neck. This bass will age and wear just like its vintage counterparts. Add this to the comfortable alder body, maple neck with maple fretboard, and a vintage-style single-coil alnico pickup, and you're ready to lay down the low end at any gig.

Classic Precision Bass design

Leo Fender brought us the Precision Bass back in the 1950s, and its classic body shape and comfortable neck continue to give today's Classic Series version excellent playability and a distinctive look. Players from all genres have embraced the P Bass, and it continues to be a favorite in the studio and on stages everywhere. As with so many of Fender's original designs, the man got the essence of a great instrument right the first time. And over a half-century later, the Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer stands as a sterling example.

Original neck shape with rosewood fretboard offers authentic feel

The Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer sports a C-shaped maple neck with a maple fretboard. The 7.25" fretboard radius and vintage-style frets gives you an old-school vibe and classic feel. Whether you're laying down a solid groove or slapping and popping, the Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer is ready for action.

Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer Solidbody Electric Bass Features:

  • Classic Precision Bass design with a nitrocellulose lacquer finish

  • Vintage-styled alder body, maple neck, and maple fretboard
  • C-shaped neck with 7.25" fretboard radius and vintage-style frets
  • A vintage-style alnico pickup delivers deep bass tones
  • Includes tweed hardshell case

The Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer offers vintage styling at a reasonable price.
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Precision
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Black
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape C shape
Fingerboard Material Maple, 7.25" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20 vintage-style frets
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.75"
Bridge/Tailpiece 4-saddle American Vintage Bridge
Tuners Vintage-style reverse tuners
Number of Pickups 1
Middle Pickup Vintage Split single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone
Strings Fender USA Super Bass 7250ML, (.045-.100)
Case Included Tweed Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0140064706

Customer Reviews

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Fender classic 50s P

Fan-freaking-tastic! Seriously great bass!! very flexible! great look and road worthy and dependable! I do everything from studio work to metal and punk to alt. The first time I brought it into the studio the producer LOVED IT!! also handled being in different climates like a champ! form west coast to east! seriously! also sounds great for drop tuning. I use mine with the tone all the way up nice and bright! with a sans amp it just sits in the mix perfectly too! comes through but also is very clear and punchy.
Music background: Session bassist, touring bassist

The best there is. Period.

So, if you're laying out what most consider to be serious cash on a bass, you're most likely apprehensive. I was too. To give you my background; I started playing when I was in 2nd grade and have continued for 10+ years, play in a professional jazz trio, have attended multiple regional all state jazz events, and am a die hard punker. I've played many 60's P-Basses to know what is right, and this is. Everything about it is retro heaven. It's solid as a brick but plays like a dragon on speed, punchy and responsive. But, when you want a thick rolling bass line, it simply doesn't know how to disappoint. I'm in love. It's honestly my best purchase I've made. This is the bass. Pull the trigger, do it. It was worth every single penny. Just do it already!
Music background: Professional Jazz bassist, Die-hard Punker

Fender Classic Series '50s Precision Bass Lacquer

I'm new to the bass playing world, as I'm primarily a guitarist. I was wanting to play bass for a while, and after trying out and being around many basses, the one that always stuck in my mind was my good friends original 1959 and 1960 PBasses. The sound, feel and general vibe of the Precision Bass is just perfect to me. I ordered my PBass the second it showed up as in stock on the Sweetwater website. I love the fact that the weight and pictures of the actual instrument are there for you to see. I received a call from my sales associate Chris, (who is awesome, by the way) and he told me he'll be emailing me the website pics which I was really stoked about, since the pics themselves were totally drool worthy. The bass came in and it was PERFECT! Not a single flaw was discovered and the smell of fresh nitrocellulose paint is as awesome as a fresh cup of coffee on a cold winter morning (it really is). The weight of the bass 8 lbs 5 oz, is very comfortable, and unplugged it sure is loud, and the plugged in tone is all classic Fender PBass, meaning awesome! Even the quality of the case is great, and a tweed case is always classy. All in all, I'm very very pleased with my purchase and the Koil Kord promotion was cool also, even though my wife basically stole it from me and she now uses it in her lap steel rig, LOL! So in closing, I must give my thanks to all the fine staff at Sweetwater, especially my Sales Engineer Chris Sanders (You Rock)!
Music background: Been playing a loooooong time

A Fine Fender Bass

I am extremely impressed with this bass. Classic P Bass tone, and it plays like butter. The finish detail is excellent, and comparable to instruments from the US factory. Excellent fretwork, and finish. Ensenada got it right. Set up was great out of the box. I made some very minor adjustments to suite my taste. Fender recommends a setup after instruments are shipped, but this really didn't need it. The gloss black lacquer finish is as sexy as it gets, and the tweed case is very nice. Mine weighs a light 8.4 lbs, an added bonus. The nitro lacquer finish is not as scratch resistant as poly, but that is to be expected. The wide 50's neck profile feels great in my hands. If you prefer slimmer necks, this might not be the bass for you.I've owned several Precisions over the years, and this is an instant favorite. I also appreciate the personal service at Sweetwater. Keep up the good work!
Music background: Long time player

Good enough to buy twice!

Had one of these after they were first released. Foolishly sold it. Have had or played just about every P bass variant out there. High end, low end and in between. I found my self P bassless and this is the one I regret getting rid off. So last month I order another 50's lacquer. I'm not disappointed. Fit and finish are great. Everything is put together well. Knocked off half a star for a ground issue (just like my original version!) turned out to be a bad ground from the Bridge. Great fretwork, finish is applied perfectly and bass takes a nice low setup with ease. Anyway. Big neck (which I prefer) the pickup is great, Love the threaded bridge. Don't care for the reverse wind tuners. They work but just backwards. It's a vintage deal and I knew that going in. Though if you are going to the trouble of putting on reverse wind tuners, why not ship the bass with flat wounds? Fender flats are actually pretty good flats too. Threw some Gotoh Resolites on and we are all good now. The included case is icing on the cake. If you want a similar bass to the roadworn as far as build quality but prefer to provide your own wear, this is the bass for you. I love mine and bought it over all the other fenders because it right for me. Not necessarily better than other fenders but something so right. The quality is on par with any Fender I've owned and it sounds like a P bass! What more could you want?
See also: Fender, Fender 4-string Bass Guitars