For sale only is a 2005 MIM Precision bass. All original parts except the black pickguard, which is a Fender guard, and one of the bridge screws that attaches the bridge to the E-string height adjustment barrel. The screw that was on there when I bought it was an incorrect size, so I replaced it with a zinc-coated screw, so it looks a little different than the nickel-coated screws on the bridge. But the screw size is an exact match to the originals. Also, it seems that the volume and tone knobs may be replacements, but they are very close to the other Fender knobs I have on other basses. They look the same, but have a slightly different texture to them.
This bass is in excellent condition, with a few small dings and surface scratches, non visible from 2 feet away. Headstock is in excellent condition, some very small dings (see pics). I rate this bass overall as 8.5 or 9 out of 10.
I have done a complete set-up to Fender specs (yes, I happen to like the specs they recommend) including action, pickup height and neck relief. I took apart the bridge components and cleaned them all thoroughly, then re-assembled and intonated it. I also did a thorough cleaning of the entire bass, including cleaning and waxing using Music Nomad spray cleaner/wax combo on the body and back of the neck, and Music Nomad F-1 rosewood fretboard oil and cleaner on the fretboard. This cleaner is very impressive. It has no lemon oil or other harmful components often used on rosewood boards, and it is 100% natural.
I also made sure that all the frets are set evenly on the fretboard, and did some brass-punching to make sure that there are no high spots at all. Rather than go on and on as I did in the local CL ad I posted, I will instead post pics here that tell the story nicely. I put several hours into this bass and gig bag to get them ready for selling.
I think what I am about to do is within TB guidelines based on my reading and understanding of those rules. Mods, I am happy to re-write if necessary.
2 pricing options.
you can get the bass plus a Fender gig bag in overall excellent shape. Both cheap zipper sliders broke despite very light use. Come on, Fender, you can do better than that! Anyway, I replaced those with one single heavier duty slider. I protected the interior from the metal bracket slider-stopper by using shoe goo (great stuff!) to attach 2 small pieces of rubber to the interior of the end of the zipper. Pictured below. So overall an upgrade in the zipper, with a little bit of sloppiness with the 2 glue attempts (first one was Liquid Nails, why did I think that would work?) and a slight fray on the exterior of the zipper where I had to cut some teeth off of the zipper in order to install the new slider. Whew, overkill disclaimer!
you can get the bass plus
-Road Runner gig bag (pictured) in near new condition
-A nice Levy's leather strap in nearly new condition
-Your choice of strings. It now has a 6-month old set of medium gauge Chromes. if you don't care for those strings, I will order and install whatever type of strings you like, as long as they are comparable in price to the Chromes on there now.
-Your choice of 1) the current pickguard, which is a Fender guard but has some scratches on it particularly at the top end of the guard, as well as some very slight warping on the top end or 2) a different pickguard which I can easily order from E-bay and install for you.
-An On-Stage "A Frame" guitar stand in near new condition.
I am hoping for a local sale to avoid shipping, which always ends up costing me way more than I think its going to.
Not looking to part any of this bass out. Also not looking to break up the components of this sale.
This bass is literally ready to go from my house to your gig/rehearsal/jam session/recording session. Not like a lot of basses that are out there on the used market. This one plays as good as it looks. No fret buzz at all, sweet action, really nice tone, pots and jack are all in great shape.
I am in no rush to sell this bass. No GAS here this time, no real reason to knee-jerk, no brand new bass I just purchased and need to find a way to pay for it. For once. Kinda nice not being in that position like I normally am! Maybe I am finally getting wiser as I get older...
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