Its prototype, designed by Leo Fender in 1950, was brought to market in 1951, the first electric bass to earn widespread attention and use, remaining among the best-selling and most-imitated electric basses with considerable effect on the sound of popular music ever since.The Standard P-Bass is sanded, painted and assembled in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico along with the other Standard Series guitars.
Other features include a gold anodized pickguard and vintage hardware.
The bass guitar became more dominant and transformed the beat and rhythm of pop music from jump blues and swing to rhythm and blues, rock, soul and funk.
Acceptance of the electric bass was helped by the endorsement of Elvis Presley's bass-player Bill Black.
From 1980 to 1984 the Precision Bass was given new active pickups and a high-mass brass bridge.
The Special (1980) featured a split-coil pickup with white covers, gold hardware, a 2-band EQ and an active/passive toggle switch.
It was also becoming hard to hear in large bands or those that used amplified instruments and it requires skill to play such that it can not be readily picked up by any guitarist. The name "Precision" came from the use of frets to play in tune more easily than upon the fretless fingerboard of the double bass.