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1952 Fender Precision Bass
John Paul Jones, February 20, 1972, Kooyong Stadium, Kooyong, Melbourne, Australia
General Specs
Body: Slab asymmetrical double cutaway Ash
Finish: Purple, later stripped, later Honey Blonde
Neck: One piece maple, 34" scale
Fingerboard: Maple, clay dot inlays
Frets: 20
Bridge: Fixed, single-groove saddles, cover removed
Headstock: No logo
Tuners: Backward-tuning "no-name" Kluson gears
Hardware: Chrome
Pickguard: Removed, later black fiber (clear coated with laquer)
Pickups: Black flat pole single coil pickup, chrome cover removed, later replaced with Seymour Duncan
Controls: (1) Master Volume, (1) Master Tone
Serial Number: 0959
Years in use: 1971-1975, 2011
Website: http://www.fender.com/
Fender's solid body Precision Bass Guitar changed modern music. It's name, Precision, comes from Leo Fender's desire to create a "precise" bass in tonality. Fretted down to an accurate 100th of an inch, he got his wish. In 1951, when Fender introduced the Precision Bass at NAMM, some people didn't really cotton to a base that played like a guitar. However, Roy Johnson from Lionel Hampton's band was a big proponent of the bass, and along with William "Monk" Montgomery, signaled the beginning of a revolution in bass playing.

John Paul Jones used the 1951 Fender Precision Bass, beginning in 1971 through 1975, for songs such as Black Dog. According to a March 4, 2012 interview with Dave Lewis, John Paul said, "It was purple when I got it, someone had dipped it into a vat of purple paint!"

It was fully restored in the 1990s by Hugh Manson, who repainted the bass Honey Blonde, added a black fiber pickguard, re-chromed the hardware and swapped the pickup out with a new Seymour Duncan.

John Paul Jones used the 1951 Fender Precision Bass in 2011 with Seasick Steve.

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1952 Fender Precision Bass
John Paul Jones, November 17, 1971, Kinetic Circus, Mayfair Suite, Birmingham, West Midlands, England
1952 Fender Precision Bass
John Paul Jones, March 17, 1973, Munich Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
1952 Fender Precision Bass
John Paul Jones, ca. 1975
1951 Fender Precision Bass
John Paul Jones, July 02, 2011, iTunes Festival, The Roundhouse, Camden Town, London, England
1951 Fender Precision Bass
John Paul Jones, August 27, 2011, Reading Festival, Little John's Farm, Main Stage, Reading, Berkshire, England
1951 Fender Precision Bass
John Paul Jones, August 27, 2011, Reading Festival, Little John's Farm, Main Stage, Reading, Berkshire, England
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