Precision Bass

Precision Bass—the original sound in electric bass

What Makes It A Precision Bass

Contoured Double-Horn Body

Inspired by the design, style and comfort of the Strat guitar, today's P Bass body is designed for playability high in the neck.

Split Single-Coil Pickup

The wiring of its single-coil pickup is split in two for big, beefy sound, more tonal versatility and balanced output across each string.

Wider Neck Profile

The P Bass got its name from its revolutionary new "frets," which were created for more precise play. The neck offers a wider profile and chunkier feel than a J Bass neck.

Hear the Sound

Dee Dee Ramone

Roger Waters

Mike Dirnt


1962: The Bass Behind Motown

James Jamerson dubs his famous P Bass—the same one he used to craft many of the greatest Motown hits in history—the “Funk Machine.”

1977: The P Bass Brings the Funk

Ron LaPread of the Commodores writes one of the most memorable funk bass lines of all time on his Precision Bass. That bass line can be heard on the song “Brick House.”

1980: A Beastly Bass

Steve Harris almost exclusively uses a P Bass when performing with heavy-metal powerhouse Iron Maiden, from the group's eponymous 1980 debut to hits such as "The Number of the Beast," "Run to the Hills" and "Two Minutes to Midnight."