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Fender American Original '60s Precision Bass, Lake Placid Blue

Introduced in 1951, the Fender P Bass is the instrument that many consider to be the first widely accepted, and played, electric bass. Becoming a consistent favourite due to its superb playability and iconic tone, the 1960s saw the P Bass become well established across all genres as rock 'n' roll, jazz, soul, and blues began to see the Fender Precision Bass make everyday appearances. The American Original '60s Precision Bass continues this legacy, and combines a classically inspired build and style, with modern features. The best of both worlds? We certainly think so.

Jazz, funk, reggae, punk, soul, rock - this bass has already been there, and continues to do so. And with this incarnation, an authentic vibe is provided not only by the aesthetic, but also via the Pure Vintage '63 Precision Bass split-coil pickup, which features an enamel-coated coil, cloth-covered output wires, and Alnico 5 magnets to ensure that this pickup provides the legendary fat low end, punchy midrange, and toothy treble that features on so many classic recordings. The Thick C-style Maple neck profile provides a familiar, but never taken for granted, comfort and playability, while a 9.5" radius laminated Rosewood fingerboard, with vintage-tall frets and traditional dot markers, makes for a precise and up to date feel.

  • Alder body with lacquer finish
  • Single Pure Vintage ‘63 split-coil P Bass pickup
  • Thick “1963 C”-shaped neck profile; 9.5”-radius fingerboard
  • Vintage-style hardware; four-saddle bridge
  • Includes vintage-style hardshell case

  • An updated take on the instrument that created the pop culture soundtrack of the 20th century, the American Original ‘60s Precision Bass is the best way to get original-era sound and style with today’s feel.

    What Fender say:

    Rather than focussing on specific model years, the American Originals have cherry picked a number of features from across a certain decade and combined this with modern features such as a 9.5" Radius on the Fretboard, and 6105 style Tall Vintage frets for a lower action that won't fret-out on bends. This Vintage Modern approach combines classic old school features like thin skin Nitrocellulose Lacquer and meticulously reproduced period correct pickups with some modern electronics and neck profiles.

    By the 1960s, the Precision Bass was the workhorse electric bass; from the clubs of Detroit to the beaches of Southern California, its tone laid the foundation for modern music. The American Original ‘60s Precision Bass has all of the features with which the P Bass conquered the world of music—elegantly simple, its sound, style and comfort are joined by modern playability.

    The Pure Vintage ’63 P Bass split-coil pickup is as period-correct as possible, from the enamel- coated coil wire to the cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbins and alnico 5 magnets. There’s no mistaking the powerful punch of this pickup that helped shape the sound of modern music. The thick “1963 C”-shaped neck prfile gracefully fills the fret hand, while the 9.5”-radius fingerboard will feel familiar to any player. Other authentic touches include vintage-tall frets, original-era body radii, vintage-style hardware—including a four-saddle vintage-style bridge—vintage-style hardshell case and a lacquer finish that not only lets the wood “breathe” naturally with resonant tone, it also wears in a distinctively appealing way.

    • Case/Gig Bag: Vintage Blonde (Red Interior)
    • Strings: Fender® USA Super Bass 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Gauges)
    • Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
    • Body Shape: Precision Bass®
    • Middle Pickup: Vintage Split Single-Coil Precision Bass®
    • Pickup Configuration: Split Single-Coil
    • Bridge: 4-Saddle American Vintage Bass with Threaded Steel "Barrel" Saddles
    • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
    • String Nut: Bone
    • Tuning Machines: New American Vintage Reverse Open-Gear
    • Fretboard Radius: 9.5"
    • Fretboard: Round-Laminated Rosewood
    • Fret Size: Tall Vintage-Style
    • Neck Material: Maple
    • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt
    • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
    • Number of Frets: 20
    • Nut Width: 1.74" (44.19 mm)
    • Position Inlays: Dot
    • Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
    • Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust

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    • Mr C Devenney


      This groovy machine turns me to butter everyone it's heady vibrations rattle my ribcage.

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