Old School: 1958 Fender Precision Bass
When we first met Phil Smallwood, he mentioned to us something about his old gear. The next day, he showed up at No Treble HQ with a 1958 Fender Precision Bass.
We tried to figure out a way to ask him if we could borrow it, but opted instead to get some photos and the story behind it so we could share it all with you.
Check out the photos of this beauty and read Phil’s story about it…
1958 Fender Precision
How long have you owned it?
I’ve had it about 8 years now.
How did you come across it?
A friend of mine told me about it being traded at Melody Music in Leesburg, Virginia. I didn’t waste any time to go see and bought it that day.
Stock or customized? Give us all the specs!
Everything on the bass is how it came from the factory except the finish. It was refinished by Bill Callaham of Callaham Guitars in Winchester, VA.
What’s your favorite story about the gear?
It is difficult to take this bass out and play in public due to musicians wanting to play it or borrow it for a gig.
Any notable bassists who play this make/model/year stand out to you?
Way too many to mention. This was and still is the standard by most bass players in the music industry.
Any special history or story behind this bass?
To the bset of my knowledge, it was played by older gentleman who was in many bands in the Washington, DC area in the ’60s and ’70s. His family sold the bass after his passing.
Do you use it on gigs?
Not usually. I like to break it out for jams on an occasion.
What else do you want to share about your gear?
Everyone needs one these in their closet. it is a beauty.
Any other vintage gear?
Yes: 39 Gibson-54 Telecaster, 2 Black Face Fender Twins, Black Fender Bassman, 61 Martin Archtop Electric and a few other pieces.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I own a booking agency with offices in Winchester, Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee. I grew up in the ’60s and worked in a music store in sales and as a guitar teacher while in high school. I played music in the ’60s and ’70s before becoming an agent. I love to collect vintage instruments.
If you own any vintage gear you'd like us to spotlight in "Old School", we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a line at [email protected].