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Fender '51 Precision Bass

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This reissue of the Fender '51 Precision Electric Bass Guitar nails all the important details of the original--including the sound. A vintage single-...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
  • Ash body
  • One-piece maple neck/fretboard
  • Single-coil pickup
  • 34" scale
  • Vintage frets
  • Original 2-saddle bridge
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4.7

(based on 73 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love this bass.

I picked this bass up used for $500 at a local shop, with the chrome bridge and pickup covers, simply because of a small scratch on the top of the bass...with any...Read complete review

I picked this bass up used for $500 at a local shop, with the chrome bridge and pickup covers, simply because of a small scratch on the top of the bass...with any luck, I will never need to buy another bass. it can lay down the low end but plays the highs like no tomorrow...I've had it for about a year and have had to tune it maybe once a month. it never goes out of tune. it plays exactly as I want a bass to...I have absolutely no complaints about it. I doubt I will ever buy a different style of bass, even if this one breaks..it is a beautiful instrument and really turns heads at gigs. I've gotten more compliments for it than any other bass I've owned...all in all, definitely, definitely buy this bass. I could not be happier. the tone is absolutely fantastic, fingerstyle or even with a pick. don't think twice..just do it.

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Not for Me, but a Valuable Piece

SOUND: I wasn't impressed nor surprised by the different tones that i could get. However there was a very limited amount of tonal value. It got a nice sharp punchy p bass tone...Read complete review

SOUND: I wasn't impressed nor surprised by the different tones that i could get. However there was a very limited amount of tonal value. It got a nice sharp punchy p bass tone and a warm, jazzy tone. it even gets a very light distortion if its turned up enough. but it really doesnt stand out with its sound.FEATURES: I give it a 5 for features because it's basically a piece of wood with one dinky pickup on it. The pickup seemed very low in thump and power. At the same time, the rare pickup is probably worth a lot of the bass' price. There are very limited options to mess around with. I like to keep it simple, but this is too simple.QUALITY: I love Fender. i have 2 p basses and a jazz bass. The quality of the Fenders has NEVER let me down. i doubt this one will either. however, the pickguard is just a piece of paper.(it was peeling off) OVERALL: overall, this bass isnt for me. The tuning machines are reversed and are EXTREMLY tight. The neck is thick which adds a lot more weight to the bass. Deffinately not for metal. Im sure this thing can take a hit, but its not for me. But if u want a valuable,good looking piece for the collection, this is the bass that will be worth money down the road.

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5.0

I love this bass.

By tom c.-ZQ3W2

from poughkeepsie, ny

I picked this bass up used for $500 at a local shop, with the chrome bridge and pickup covers, simply because of a small scratch on the top of the bass...with any luck, I will never need to buy another bass. it can lay down the low end but plays the highs like no tomorrow...I've had it for about a year and have had to tune it maybe once a month. it never goes out of tune. it plays exactly as I want a bass to...I have absolutely no complaints about it. I doubt I will ever buy a different style of bass, even if this one breaks..it is a beautiful instrument and really turns heads at gigs. I've gotten more compliments for it than any other bass I've owned...all in all, definitely, definitely buy this bass. I could not be happier. the tone is absolutely fantastic, fingerstyle or even with a pick. don't think twice..just do it.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Change That Pickup

By T.J.

from Tennessee

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I have had this bass for about a year and played it in many shows and the biggest problem, the pickup is very very weak on the high end, the lows are so powerful it makes it worth it just to play on the two bottom strings but I cant do that its a great design and feels wonderful, but the pickup almost kills it all, its so weak even after i raised it up still no better not sure with what im going to replace it with but it will be took out for somethin with some beef on all four strings, i guess im spoiled but the Rickenbacker and Gibson Thunderbird stomp the pants of any Fender, got this one as a gift, so gotta make the best of it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

REPLACE THE PICKUP IMMEDIATELY

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

If you're an aggressive player, replace the pickup in this bass. I toured Japan with this bass and the pickup design lends itself to strings catching on the outer ends of the pickup housing. As a result of this, the pickup fell out of the bass at a gig....Other than that this bass is awesome.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent tool for your toolbox

By knadles

from Chicago, IL

The sound of this bass is wonderful. It has a bright and somewhat electronic sound wide open, and if you roll off the filter you get a nice solid thump that would work great for Motown. I didn't think I'd like the low frets, but with the bass set up right I actually feel like they help me play faster. It's not a "do everything" bass, but what it does, it does very well. Some people don't like the slab body, but my first "real" bass was a Tele, so it to me it feels like an old friend.My only knock is that trying to set the right intonation with the 2-saddle bridge is an exercise in approximation.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Specialist tone

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Have only played with the strings it came with. Tone is reminiscent of a vintage lead guitar - a lot of jangly high frequencies. The passive electronics produce a complex tube like tone plugged straight into a solid state PA. Produces a nice bark and distortion when you dig in, especially on the d and g strings. Lowering the strings closer to the pickup seems to enhance this. A strong initial thump to the attack decays very quickly. A normal p bass pickup lacks such a sharp thump and has a much fuller and more powerful low end. It's easy to hear why this pickup style was quickly dropped in favour of the now classic split p pickup. Blends well with some lead guitar tones. I plan to try it with a jazz guitar/drum kit/upright bass trio and play a lot of lead. I would love to use the pickup for a baritone guitar.Would have preferred a narrower neck with my small hands - it's midway in width between a j and classic p.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender 51 P bass- The best

By 51pbass

from upper michigan

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This is the nicest bass i've ever played. hands down just the best. it sounds really big and round, but with the tone up and and the punch setting on my rumble 150, it's also a slapping machine. i'm amazed at how many sounds i can get out of this with one tone knob. it's so simple. The craftsmanship is impeccable. the neck is nice and fat. Hats off to Fender Japan!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Very nice sound, rough neck, hard to slide on

By twiggyfreak

from Eveleth, MN

The only thing I dislike about this type of bass is that the neck is really rough like a Gibson, and that is why I prefer Fender over Gibson - because of the sliding purpose. The Fender has a nice neck, the great sound of this bass is terrific, so if it is a sound and not hand action you are going for, this would be a good bass to start on!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An amazing value!

By Paul Foti-azGph

from The Island of Kauai

In my first review of this bass I covered the positive aspects of this nearly perfect reproduction, however, to be fair, I need to address a few of the easily fixed, issues. Now, if you are a serious 'player' and if 'accurate' intonation is important to you, I strongly suggest that you replace the two saddle bridge with any bridge that will allow all four strings to be set. Try to find a bridge that will allow you to string it 'through' the body, as this type of string attachment really does contribute to the unique sound of this bass. Also, spend the extra cash for a set of 'Thomastik jazz flatwounds' They sound amazing, last forever, and get better with age. Now, regarding the electronics, The stock pickup is 'OK' and I suspect most novice bassists will find it acceptable, but those few that are really looking for that elusive throaty, rich percussive 'pop' found in ancient p basses, consider the 'Jason Lollar' I went through a 'Lindy Fralin' an SD 'antiquity', and even had one custom wound. It was the lollar, that had that 'sound'. By all means, buy this bass! It is an excellent value and with just a bit of tweeking, you will have an awesome, truly 'vintage' sounding instrument for a fraction of the going price of an old Fender.

 
5.0

My Favorite Bass

By EmoJoe

from Panama City, FL

I have owned the 1951 P-Bass for about six months now, and I couldn't be happier. The look is very vintage and the pickups give it a very deep, dense tone. The tuning keys and the thin headstock make it unique, but it still has the sound that you'd expect from any other Fender bass. it's definitely a good buy.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

just what you needed

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Wow, where to start? Started looking at this bass when a close friend and bass head exclaimed his lust for this ash and maple delight. At first glance it may even seem almost cheap to some.. almost being the key word. The pickguard just seems like it could have been a higher quality make, no biggie. The butterscotch blonde finish is just downright sexy, I'm a sucker for wood grains/transparent finishes as I also sport an '05 Fender Jazz yielding the sunset orange transparent finish over... you guessed it.. ash. For me, Ash and Maple are like pb & j. The neck is just beautiful, being slightly bulkier than my jazz, but not uncomfortable by any means. Overall weight here is less than my jazz it seems as well, although I haven't weighed it. So how's about that dangly looking pickup from '51? Not dangly sounding, I can tell ya that! This baby hits the spot, just as you would expect from a precision, and nothing less! Overall, cost aside, this bass kills it in every category. It's just that good. Now look at the price and go buy one!

 
5.0

Dude, I love it!

By BRAinLess BASsiSt

from New Iberia, LA

I got this bass as a present and I absolutely love it! It has amazing low end quality and nice, precise high end. It has great slap possibility. I mostly play low core rock and worship music, so I never really get to use this bass to its full potential. The only problem I'v had so far was a pulsing sound on the open A ,but a little tweaking with the bridge solved that. The reason that I gave the features a low rating is because it is a very simple instrument. Its basically a slab of wood with a pickup, but that doesn't change the fact that it has simply amazing quality.

 
5.0

Nice

By Super Man-_Q4aA

from Mississippi

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Great, retro bass!

 
5.0

The First, The Best

By xquadra

from Doral, Miami

once you take it out of the box you know this is not like anything you've played before. incredible sound, THE vintage look and it's best fender ever.fret wear can be stopped with flatwounds. i use a gallien-krueger solid state amp with it, but i've tried it with earlier fender bassmans (all tube) and it sounds great!!!

 
5.0

RagTop bass player

By RagTop Bass Player

from Conroe, TX

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I play in a band that is making a lot of noise in the Houston area. My first bass was a Fender Precision Special which I thought was a great bass until I bought my '51 reissue. People come up to me all the time complimenting how it sounds and looks. I have no regrets what so ever about buying this bass. We opened for the band Honeybrowne and their bass player fell in love with mine instantly.

 
5.0

Fits like a glove.... if you wear gloves.

By Bbass-kzavH

from Canada

Very nice bass. One of my favourites of all time. The smooth, quick action; bright, punchy tone and rugged simplicity blew me away. HOWEVER... this bass is not for everyone. If you want a diversity in sounds, this bass is not for you. It's a a "meat and potatoes " instrument. The sound is very bright and sharp, so be sure of what you want. The neck is on the thicker side too, so watch out if you like the thin stuff.As for looks... well, you either love of hate it. Most people who see it think it's on the uglier side, but I absolutely love the vintage look. And watch out, the butterscotch colour is slightly yellower than its appears in the pic.Buy this bass if you're a pbass or vintage fan. It's a great bass for the price (considering it's made in Japan), or any price for that matter...

 
5.0

Harshmellow

By Rob-RnMhg

from West Cornwall, Ct.

I fell in love with this bass from the moment I laid eyes on it.Even before I played it I knew I had to have it.And of coarse once I got my hands on it and plucked and heard that first note,there was no turning back.I've been playing a 1986 Steinberger since '86,but she's feeling mighty neglected since I got the 51' This bass has taught me that less is more.Time to get back to BASSICS!

 
5.0

Wow.

By lothartheterrible

from DFW, Texas

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This bass exceeded my expectations. I was taken by the appearance; it's even more beautiful in person than it is in photos; but I was worried about the pickup (how weak it was going to be). It has a surprisingly hot output, and sounds great through my GK. The low end is impressive for a single coil. A must have for anyone who wants the look and feel for a genuine Fender but doesn't have 25 grand kicking around.

 
5.0

Vintage Glory

By John-mCy1p

from Virginia

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This will be my next bass. I played it for about half an hour in the store today, and I did not want to put it down. The single coil pickup throws out some poppy yet punchy tone that is only available on this. The color scheme is amazing to, and the finish is flawlwess. The neck is fast and the frets are small which I like.

 
5.0

Best Fender under a grand

By Super Man-_Q4aA

from Mississippi

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Great tone from single-coil gives great tone for blues and 50's style rock. Great bass!

 
5.0

pretty sweet

By piraticalbassist

from Boardman, OH

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Well, I saw this bugger at the guitar store, so I started to play it. I'll be damned; it has one of the best sounds I?ve ever heard! The only complaint really is that it's not made in America. It's also a little pricey for the bareness of the instrument, overall though; I?d say to buy it.

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