The Fender Precision Special 1980 - 1982

All the information you need about the Fender Precision Special 1980-1982!

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History

In 1980 Fender added the Precision Special to the Precision Bass line. It was available in both Lake Placid Blue and Candy Apple Red with matching headstock and a maple or rosewood fingerboard (round laminated).

The bass featured white pickup covers, white pickguard, a brass bridge and gold hardware (tuners, thumbrest, knobs).

It was the first active bass of Fender with a specially developed active circuit (preamp, bass and treble). But it could also be used in passive mode, with a passive tone control. The preamp is probably designed by Bill Hodges and Paul Gagon, who now is vice president of engineering at G&L guitars.

In 1982 Fender added Arctic White as color option (see pictures of the Japanese brochure of 1982).

Also a walnut version of the Special was introduced; walnut body and neck, walnut fingerboard and black pickguard. Only 200 walnut specials were made. Click to see some pictures.

There are 2 versions of these walnut Precision Special. The first batch of 50 were finished completely in clear nitro cellulose lacquer. For the following three production runs of 50 per run, a tinted spray was applied except for the center of the front of the body in a sunburst-like treatment and then the entire body was finished in clear nitro. This tinting is very subtle.

In 1983 the Precision Special was succeeded by the Precision Elite .

Thanks to Brother Dave for his contribution! Visit his site: http://brotherdave.com/resources.htm.

Brochure
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Serial numbers

The serial number of a Precision Bass Special 1980: E0(XXXXX).

The serial number of a Precision Bass Special from 1981: CE(XXXXX).

The serial number of a Precision Bass Special 1982 (walnut): CD(XXXXX), CO(XXXXX) or GO(XXXXX).


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Colors:
(502) Lake Placid Blue:
Lake Placid Blue


(509) Candy Apple Red:
Candy Apple Red


(580) Arctic White:
Arctic White


People who play(ed) a Precision Special: John Deacon of Queen with his Sahara Taupe Precision Special! A prototype perhaps?

John Deacon


Manual
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Block diagram

Block diagram


Schematic
Schematic


Wiring
Wiring


Wiring photo


My Precision Special
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