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1953 Fender Precision bass, original Blonde finish in good condition, Maple neck and fingerboard. All original aside from the case. Weight: 8 lbs 10.5 oz / 3.93 kg. Nut width: 43.6 mm. Depth at the 1st fret: 23.8 mm.  Supplied with 3-months warranty and 14-day returns policy.


The Ash body is very resonant and the neck plays like a dream with a comfortable medium-chunky rounded C profile. The original single-coil pickup has a warm, punchy, and rounded sound which delivers a rich bottom end. 


There is lacquer checking throughout the body finish, a few small dings and scuffs as well as some buckle rash on the back and some heavier wear/flaking to the finish along the bottom edge. The frets are in excellent condition with very little wear and have been cleaned and dressed in our workshop. The fretboard itself is very clean with only light wear. The back of the neck and headstock exhibit wear and tear but surface only. There was previously a metal strap loop added to the upper horn above the original strap button; the original owner must have preferred a "dog clip" strap for a time. This has been removed and the screw hole patched. It now just looks like a small ding. The single-ply Bakelite pickguard is in good shape and fully intact with no cracks.


Fully set up with a set of flat-wound strings. It has a straight neck and the truss rod is fully operational in both directions. The body dates 4-8-52 and is signed off by Eddie, neck 9-15-52. The control cavity has the date, 5-25-53 and was signed off by Mary.  Only one of the pot date codes is legible reading 140-230 designating the 30th week of 1952.

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Andy Baxter Bass & Guitars Ltd, UK  

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Andy Baxter
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Andy Baxter Bass & Guitars has established a name as the best place to shop for vintage basses in the UK. We're also getting a name for ourselves stocking fine vintage 6 string electric & acoustic guitars. All instruments are thoroughly checked over and set up before sale. We offer free setups for the first year after purchase. 

As a reputable and knowledgeable dealer, we offer the complete variety of brands, including Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Music Man, Hofner, and Vox. Vintage bass guitars with a high degree of character and investment value are our specialty. We work with musicians, collectors and dealers around the globe, and offer quick delivery worldwide.

Have a look at the website often, as our inventory changes regularly. Chances are, you’ll find what you need. If you don’t, contact us and using our guitar-finding service we will track down your heart’s desire.


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If you are happy to buy over the internet, I will send you as much information about the bass guitar you're interested in as I can, and if you require more high resolution photos dont hesitate to ask.

You can always make an appointment with me and come and try some of the Bass guitars out first. I will consider part exchange, if it makes your desired bass a little easier to afford.

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Installments / Layaway policy / Deposits 

Payments are to be made on the dates agreed. If the customer fails to do so or pulls out of an agreed deal after 1 month has elapsed from the date of the first payment, 10% of the agreed sale price is non refundable. A further 10% will be added each consecutive month thereafter. Within the first month a 5% fee is applied. Andy Baxter Bass has the right to withdraw from any agreement and re list the item if payments are not made on the agreed dates.  A 10% non refundable deposit will hold any guitar for 30 days. With installment / layaway / deposit agreements all sales are final, no returns, no refunds and no exceptions. 

VAT/Duty/Customs Charges

Payable by consignee upon receipt of goods. We are not responsible for VAT, duty or customs charges.


Shipping costs are in addition to the cost of your guitars or merchandise. ( unless otherwise stated) If you prefer, you can arrange shipping via your own preferred carrier. Shipping charges paid by Andy Baxter Bass & Guitars Ltd are non-refundable.


Merchandise is sold as is. Please ask all questions, view all pictures etc, before purchasing. We do not negotiate price after the sale. No exceptions. Just the same, if you find out that the guitar or gear doesn’t work for you, you can return it within 48 hours. Please call or email for return authorization before shipping any merchandise back. Returned merchandise must be shipped fully insured at the customer’s cost and in it’s original condition. Upon receipt of the merchandise, a refund (less shipping and any other applicable fees) will be issued within 48 hours, subject to a 5% restocking fee.  The restocking fees will be waived if the instrument is damaged. ALL dealers will be charged restocking fee on returns for any reason due the the common practice of reselling. Special orders are not returnable. Amplification sent overseas is not returnable under any circumstaces unless damaged upon arrival.

International Returns 

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