The Fender Precision Bass dates back to 1951, when it was released to critical acclaim and became the first mass produced electric bass guitar, going on to completely revolutionise the sound of the bass guitar in popular music.
Loosely based on the body shape of the Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, the Precision, or P-Bass, features an alder or ash body on most American models, with poplar or basswood bodies on Mexican and Japanese models.
Since 1957, the Precision Bass has featured a single split-coil pickup, creating a very warm, low-end tone, filling the sound with a deep and loud sound. The P-Bass offers a choice of maple and rosewood necks, each with their own character to compliment the body material and split-coil pickup.
In 1983, Squier launched low-priced versions of its standard Fender series of guitars and basses, with the 1957 and 1962 series Precision Basses among the first to be released. Squier now offer an impressive amount of lower-priced versions of Fender models, and have even launched signature models from the likes of Mike Dirnt, Pete Wentz and Steve Harris.