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Fender’s American Vintage II Series is a meticulously designed collection of period-correct electric guitars and basses. Each model is carefully chosen and recreated based on its contribution to the Fender story of that year. All models feature year specific bodies, necks, hardware, finishes, and pickups. American Vintage II is the most accurate production series of legacy instruments across the timeline of Fender history.
The Fender American Vintage II 1954 Precision Bass calls back to a year of big changes for the P-Bass. Prior to 1954, the Precision bass was a slab body design, like a Telecaster, but in 1954, the body became contoured, like the newly introduced Stratocaster. At this point however, the bass still has the large Tele-Style headstock. Period accurate, and often a surprise, are the reverse open gear tuners which tune UP in the opposite direction of a standard modern guitar. Takes a second, but you’ll catch on. At this point there are still 2 fiber bridge saddles as they wouldn’t switch to steel until very late in ’54 and into ’55. This was the first year of the burst on a Precision bass and the first year for white guards. The pickup at this point is still the single coil that’s visually reminiscent of a Telecaster neck pickup with 4 poles. The 34” scale, a 7.25” radius, and a ’54 “C” maple neck make this a comfortable play.
The Fender AVII ’54 P-Bass ships with a vintage-style tweed case with crushed red interior.
|Fingerboard Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Body Shape:||Contoured P-Bass|
|Fret Size:||Vintage Tall, 20|
|Neck Profile:||1954 "C" Shape|
|Middle Pick-up:||Pure Vintage ‘54 Single-Coil Precision|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Bridge:||Pure Vintage 2-Saddle Precision Bass with Fiber Saddles, Serialized|
|Tuning Machines:||Pure Vintage Reverse Open-Gear|
|Pickguard:||Single Ply Parchment|
|Finish:||2-Color Sunburst Nitro Body, Clear Nitro Neck|
|Case:||Vintage-Style Tweed, Crushed Red Interior|