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The Fender Precision Bass introduced in 1951 changed the world of music forever.

Leo Fender's ingenious idea to create a solid body electric bass guitar that could be mass produced proved to have a profound effect that is felt and heard to this day.

The four string Precision Bass had a telecaster style body and head-stock with a single coil, four pole-piece pickup. The neck was a one piece hunk of maple that resembled a baseball bat.

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For many Fender bassists owning a vintage Fender is the ultimate experience. There's nothing quite like the feel and sound of a well played Fender Bass.

The question is how do you find a good, authentic vintage Fender for the right price...and how do you know it's for real?

One of the most important things to remember when shopping for a vintage Fender is that old does not necessarily mean good. Unfortunately Fender did make some subpar basses, especially in the mid to late 1970's. Of course for some buyers just the fact of owning a vintage Fender is good enough, regardless of it's quality.

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Just as buying a Fender bass online can be a somewhat scary experience, so can selling one if not more so.

The key to successfully selling your Fender bass is following some simple guidelines and precautions.

I've personally sold several basses online without any problems at all. Not only can you easily sell your bass but it can be fun too.

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I've always thought that there was something mysterious and fascinating about the original Fender custom colors. Partly because of the history but also because of the misconceptions and myths.

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about what colors were available and when they were originally offered. There are even some colors that didn't even really exist at all. And when it comes to the actual finish types it can get even more confusing.

The first thing to understand is what type of finishes Fender was using during the late 1950's and early 1960's.

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Take a perfectly good new bass and deliberately beat it up so that it appears to be much older.

It seems like total madness to some people but many bass players think relic basses are very cool.

So cool in fact that they're willing to part with thousands of dollars to get their hands on a well made, great playing and sounding bass that's beat to heck on purpose.

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