Fullerton, CA: Fender Electric Instrument Company
Leo Fender revolutionized the music world with his 1951 electric Precision Bass, and guitarist Monk Montgomery is credited with making the instrument a musical sensation. Although there were earlier stand-up electric basses, the "P Bass" was the first to be played like a standard guitar. It was also the first guitar to have the distinctive double cutaways. By far the most famous and popular electric bass ever made, its name is often used generically for any electric bass guitar. This model is finished in shell pink, a very popular custom color of the time.
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