I bought this right after NAMM 2013 from Musician's Friend. Yes, the pricetag was horrendous but I just had to have it! Get this 2-month old specimen for hundreds less
It is absolutely the best 'reissue' bass I have played (and I have played/owned quite a few). The new touches that Fender brought out for the re-vamping of the series are very well done, indeed. I love the aged fingerboard dots the most. Seminole is essentially Fiesta red to my eyes. Not Dakota-y at all. I dig it!
The case candy is especially telling; Fender has included a bunch of paraphernalia regarding nitrocellulose finishes and how to take care of it, etc.
All good stuff!
The bass shows a few finish nicks here and there -- nothing too big or worth picturing. A couple on the back of the body. Pretty much new!
Bass weighs 8.8 lbs on my bathroom scale.
"The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars and basses that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender's roots--expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it's going, but also remembers where it came from.
The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender's best-selling guitars and basses (their early-'80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was "back" as the CBS era ended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, Fender has completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept--restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more--based on actual vintage guitars and basses they tracked down to make sure they had it right. Fender did the work, and it shows, because there's pure magic in each new American Vintage instrument.
The year 1963 marks an important moment in Precision Bass history, because that's when a comfortable new round-laminated rosewood fingerboard first appeared on the bass that started it all. That's here on the new American Vintage '63 Precision Bass, which evokes that year's model with other authentic features including a slightly wider "C"-shaped maple neck, clay-colored dot position inlays, three-ply mint green pickguard(four-ply tortoiseshell pickguard on 3-Color Sunburst model), new American Vintage '63 split single-coil pickup, lower-mounted finger rest, vintage-style bridge with threaded steel "barrel" saddles, flat-top knurled chrome control knobs, reverse tuners, chrome pickup and bridge covers, auxiliary strap button on the back of the headstock, and more."
$1850 shipped. Payment by USPS money order/Cashier's check only
- Alder body
- Fender flash coat lacquer body and neck finish
- Maple, "C"-shape neck
- Round-laminated rosewood fingerboard
- 20, Vintage-style frets
- Bone string nut
- Vintage-style heel adjust truss rod
- American Vintage '63 Precision Bass split single-coil pickup
- American Vintage reverse open-gear tuning machines
- Volume, Tone controls
- Knurled chrome flat-top control knobs
- American Vintage Bass bridge with threaded steel "barrel" saddles
- Nickel/Chrome hardware
- 3-Ply Mint Green pickguard
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