I had this bass put together to be a solid backup to my Road Worn Precision Bass, and at the same time a tribute to my favorite bassist, Bruce Thomas.
Speaking with Matt Jenny at MJT Custom Aged Guitar Finishes
, I specified the lightest body he could get his hands on, topped with a VERY specific Salmon Pink/Coral/Faded Fiesta finish. And boy did he ever deliver. This thing weighs a paltry 7.5 lbs on my bathroom scale, and he absolutely NAILED the color I was dreaming of. This is no Fender "tomato soup" finish, but a PERFECT representation of that complex orangey/pinkish coral finish.
I specified that the neck be made to '62 specs, so it has a BEAUTIFUL dark rosewood fingerboard, and 7.25" radius, and small vintage fretwire. The Hipshot Ultralites were my modern concession - I just love these tuners! Consequently, ZERO neck dive and an extremely light & balanced experience.
The relic job on the body is light (with some of my own pick-wear visible), and the relic'ing on the neck is even lighter.
The pickup is from my Road Worn P, and the strings are LaBella flatwounds. It's a wonderfully thumpy & vintage-y tone. The wiring was done (along with a complete setup) by Gil Rosado at Mandolin Bros, in Staten Island, NY. The electronics are DEAD quiet.
The bridge, strap-buttons, neck plate, and pickguard are all genuine Fender parts. The screws are actual vintage from an old Fender, and the knobs are genuine nickel - they'll age quite gracefully with use.
The sticker on the pickguard is easily removable and will leave no residue behind. If you would like me to remove it, just let me know.
This bass will come shipped to you in an 80's Fender HSC, and I'm asking $850 shipped & Paypal'd. No trades.
I can offer a few "upgrades" as well:
- Brand new Fender tort guard, which this bass wore for a few days - $40.
- brand new Thunderbucker 66S - $150.