This 1952 Fender Precision bass, built in the Fullerton CA plant, is from the second year of production. The bass, first introduced by Leo Fender in November 1951, was adapted from the Fender Telecaster guitar. It was a ground breaking portable instrument in an era when bass players lugged around huge upright basses. With it's ash body and elongated horns, the asymetrical, four string, double cutaway electric bass became an instant success. This bass has a one piece maple neck with walnut center stripe. The maple fretboard has 20 frets, nine pearl dot inlays, a 34" scale, and a nut width of 1 11/16". On the heel of the neck written in pencil are the initials, TG, along with the date 7-14-52. TG are the initials of Tadio Gomez, the famous neck shaper at Fender from 1950-1957. Engraved on bridge plate is the four digit serial number, 0306, along with Pat Pending. On the narrow headstock is a string guide along with the Fender spagetti logo in silver and Fender Precision with no patent numbers. Sometime before 1979 a previous owner stripped off the paint on the top of the bass except for the area around and between the pickups and under the pickguard. The paint was also stripped from the sides except the the area between the horns. It appears the body was sprayed with varnish. Other than these areas mentioned the bass retains the original blonde finish. In the neck pocket written in pencil is: CD #8 7-7-52 and engraved with a D. Electronics include one single bar pickup with level pole pieces, a tone and knobs both knurled chrome mounted on a chrome plate. All electronics appear to be original and both pots have the code 140220 written on the top which indicates they are from the 20th week of 1952 manufactured by Clarostat Mfg. Co. Other features include chrome bridge and pickup covers, elephant ear Kluson tuning keys, a single ply black "bakelite" pickguard attached with seven slotted screws, a black finger rest mounted on top of the pickguard with a single screw, string through body design, four screw chrome back plate, a bridge with two pressed fiber saddles that each hold two strings, and an original nut. The bass weighs 9.6 pounds. There is visible weather checking on the headstock and neck, a few tiny dings on the back of the neck, and some light wear on the back of the body that was lightly sanded. The neck and original frets are in remarkably nice shape. There are no modifications except to part of the body finish as outlined. It has been part of our collection for the 35 years. This 1952 Fender Precision bass has a nice, generous, straight neck that is easy to play. The single pickup gives the bass a surprisingly clear, articulate, ringing tone. It has super sustain. The bass comes with a new tweed Fender Precision bass case with a plush red interior.
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