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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JAUQO III-X, Mar 23, 2006.
what year did Fender first introduce the Rosewood fingerboard on it's Precision Bass?
I'm no expert, but I have seen/heard of P-basses with rosewood fretboards as early as 1959; though it seems generally accepted that the year was 1960.
I would say 1960 when the jazz bass was introduced.
Yeah, after checking "The Bass Book", it seems the first year was indeed 1959.
Thanks guys,I just spoke with someone at Fender and 59 it was.
Is it true that their first active instrument was a version of the Strat? I've heard this somewhere. When?
As far as I'm aware, their first active bass was the Fender Precision Special from 1980 (or thereabouts). It came in white, Candy Apple Red or Lake Placid Blue, with gold hardware and matching headstock. They later added a Walnut version.
Seems like this site as well as some others says 1959 for all Fenders except 1958 for the Jazzmaster:
I thought I had seen some 58 P-basses with Rosewood boards...maybe not though.
1959 is indeed the first year of the rosewood board on a precision.
we just took one in at daddys junky music, it's an early 1959 with rosewood board....you can check it out at "daddys.com"
interesting to note is that this particular instrument had no date stamp on the heal of the neck, it seems that in the later part of 1958 some fender employees were writing explitives on the neck heal and Leo forbid the date or anything else from being written on the neck, we dated it by the pots, tuners, headstock decal, serial number on neckplate, type of bridge and pickguard....