1952 FENDER PRECISION BASS

1952 Fender Precision Bass

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Characteristics: Telecaster shaped headstock, spaghetti logo with no patent numbers applied on top of the finish, Kluson no-name riveted clover reverse tuners with slot head screws, one piece maple neck with skunk stripe, black bakelite dot fret markers, neck butt pencil date, letter "D" stamped into most neck butts, slot head or phillips head truss rod adjustment screws, fifth hole on neck butt for hanging while painting, non contoured ash body in Blonde finish, letter "D" stamped into many neck pockets, no neck pocket paint stick, body pencil date, body nail holes (for painting/drying), clear lacquered black Bakelite one ply pickguard, large string grommets on body back, single coil black bobbin pickup wrapped in string, one screw black painted wooden thumb rest under G string, chrome pickup cover and bridge cover with foam rubber string mute, dome top shaped knobs, pots assembly control plate, Clarostat potentiometers, white rectangular tone capacitor with blue stripe, 15K ohm resistor, cloth wiring, Bakelite fiber dual saddle bridge, four digit serial number stamped into bridgeplate, input jack ferrule on side of body, brown tweed case with red "Koylon" interior or brown vinyl "Artistic Products" gigbag.

Serial numbers ranged from roughly 0001 to 0800, although there are overlapping exceptions. For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's neck butt, body date and pot codes.