The first Fender precision bass !

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Headless horse, Nov 26, 2022.

  1. Headless horse

    Headless horse Inactive

    Nov 4, 2022
    Does anybody know who owns ar where is located the first Fender precision model bass?
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  2. BadB


    May 25, 2005
    Not sure, but legend has it that John Entwistle owned serial number 043. There is a photo of him with some of his collection in the Cool Rock 'n Roll Photos thread. There are several early Precision basses in the photo.
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  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    In my garage. At least last time I checked. It had a hum I didn’t care for so I let the kid play around with it.
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  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

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  5. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    The serial numbers were not sequential, so can't go by that. Production started in Nov of 51. There are thought to have been 2 to 4 prototypes made and TB member @TheDialog has a very early Sept proto w/ some non production details [2 screw tug bar, longer control panel].

    The body on mine dates to NOV 7 51.
  6. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    As mentioned, production on the 1951 P Bass was very late 1951. I have read production was sometime in October (may have been November).

    Nobody knows how many were made in late 1951. Many say less than 100. Some even think only 40 something. Nobody knows.

    There are not very many "alive" that still exist today. Landfill.

    2saddleslab is one of the lucky ones to have a '51 body.

    I know of a fellow in the Boston area that has a complete 1951. He sent me some photos of it. I feel like getting into the car and driving to his house just to praise and worship it (so to speak).
  7. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    I'll go with ya'!
  8. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    This one is confirmed one of the first 5 precision basses, notes by the lacquer on the pickguard. Saw it when I visited the metropolitan museum of art in nyc some time ago.
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  9. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    If you're ever close to Columbus, bring yours and PM me!
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  10. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    You must be a bass player cause your timing is impeccable.:D

    I might be heading to Columbus next Tuesday to meet some old friends from work. It's not etched in stone just yet as I might need to help my dad [who made the saddles for my 51] on Tuesday. But will let you know.
  11. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Early P basses may be like "burst" Les Pauls = the common saying about those is that 700 were made, of which only 2000 exist today.
  12. Bflat


    Feb 5, 2008
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  13. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
  14. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    Western Hemisphere
    I'd be interested in hearing an early 50s P bass with era correct strings through an original early 50s bassman amp
  15. Bflat


    Feb 5, 2008
    The 1951 Fender Precisions were all paired with 1951 Pro Amps. The Bassman didn't come out until the middle of 1952. :)
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  16. 2112

    2112 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    I have it... decades ago I cut it down into a teardrop shape and refinned it.
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  17. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Don't believe everything you read (see the above post). I have it in a closet in my attic; I got it from my uncle years ago as an inheritance.
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  18. Stewie


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    I was $300 short of buying #28 in 1976. Unplayed, still had the tag explaining how to tune it hanging off the A string. Raced home to get the cash, but was too late. :(
  19. Headless horse

    Headless horse Inactive

    Nov 4, 2022
    So what was the full price offer?
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  20. Headless horse

    Headless horse Inactive

    Nov 4, 2022
    I am still interested of #1. Maybe it stands somewhere in California, in a museum ?