ORIGINALLY PRODUCED: 1976-1980
TYPE: Solidbody, active 4-string
BODY: Alder for sunburst or coloured finishes, ash for naturals, twin cutaway
NECK: Maple with walnut skunk stripe, bolt-on, 21 medium frets
SCALE LENGTH: 864mm (34-inch)
FINGERBOARD: Maple with black dot inlays, rosewood optional and ebony on fretless versions
HARDWARE: Chrome, raised tail 4-saddle bridge, separate metal control plate
PICKUP: Trademark double-poled hum-cancelling unit with black or white cover
CONTROLS: Volume, active treble & bass
FEATURES: 3/1-tuner placement on headstock, individual adjustable string dampers
FINISHES: Natural, sunburst and custom colours
COMMENTS: This was the first production line active bass and the Leo Fender influence is unmistakable, earning it the ‘Active Precision’ nickname on its launch. This was the first time we saw the unusual tuner placement but it cleverly provides a straight pull for each string and reduces the mass of the headstock, thus giving better instrument balance.
The truss rod makes use of the bullet adjuster at the headstock end and the classic ‘elephant ear’ tuners feature a very short stem. This early active circuit was covered in a black tar-like substance to prevent copying by other manufacturers. The classic Music Man humbucking pickup was a revelation, very powerful and with eight massive alnico pole pieces, it has become an icon in its own right.