Dating vintage fender bass
Rosewood fingerboards were then made of a veneered, round-laminated piece of wood and pearloid dot markers replaced the "clay"-style inlays introduced in 1959.
In 1960 the aluminum pickguard was replaced with a 13-screw celluloid design having 3 or 4 layers of black, white, mint green, aged white pearloid or brown "tortoise-shell").
The double bass is physically cumbersome and difficult to transport.
It was also becoming hard to hear in large bands or those that used amplified instruments and it requires skill to play such that it can not be readily picked up by any guitarist. The name "Precision" came from the use of frets to play in tune more easily than upon the fretless fingerboard of the double bass.
The 1990s saw the introduction of the Precision Plus and Deluxe Plus basses in 19, featuring Lace Sensor pickups, fine-tuner bridges, 22-fret necks and passive or active electronics on certain models.
The Custom Shop 40th Anniversary model of 1991 was a luxurious version of the Precision Plus Deluxe bass with gold hardware, a quilted maple top and an ebony fretboard with side dot position markers.
Acceptance of the electric bass was helped by the endorsement of Elvis Presley's bass-player Bill Black.
Black was beginning to use a Precision Bass during the filming of Jailhouse Rock.
In 1954 the Precision Bass received contoured edges for comfort while otherwise retaining the existing Telecaster-like styling.Since 1969 the 1-piece maple neck option has been fitted to many Fender basses and the rosewood fretboard offered as alternative.Some Precision Basses made in the 1970s were also available with an unlined fretless rosewood, ebony or (usually) maple fingerboard, popularized by endorsees Sting and Tony Franklin.The American Series Precision Bass was introduced in 2000 and discontinued in 2008.
From 2003 the S-1 switching system allowed the pickup coils to be switched from series to parallel,offering a wider tonal range, but this was discontinued in 2008 with the second generation of American Standard Series instruments.
Fender also delivered an early Precision to LA session bassist and arranger Shifty Henry.