I finally got it - MY HOLY GRAIL!
Gig update in post #171
I've dreamt of owning an authentically heavily worn slab board Precision Bass as long as I've been playing bass. Never was able to afford one but I worked hard, made some smart moves, gigged a lot, and I finally got the funds together.
I bought this 1961 beauty from a man in his late 70's who lives in the depths of Texas. He has owned the bass for close to 40 years and has played it constantly throughout his career as a musician. As you'll see in photos, this was a smoky bar, beer-drenched honky tonk machine riding atop of a huge 'ol Texas belt buckle. I wish this bass could talk because I bet it has some unreal stories stored within the wear.
Everything on the bass is from 1961 (I have the original strap buttons, too) and its without any mods. The only thing that is unoriginal is the fact that the solder joints were redone on the pots at some point. The pickup is a screaming 11.68K and straight up barks at you. I strung it with LaBella 760FL flats and it sounds unreal. The back of the neck has darkened to a caramel color from heavy use. Looks and feels fantastic. It weighs in at 8 lbs. 11 oz. and feels exceptional on my shoulder. The tone weighs in at 10 tons. :D It'll see its first call of duty tomorrow night at its first gig.
Without further ado, here are the photos.
Absolute 100% pure awesomeness!
I would think the tone tonnage on that bass would go to 11!
I'd like to think the seller is consoled by knowing that the bass will continue on, even if he's not able to anymore.
It's a fake.
Sorry, just kidding, couldn't resist.
Ain't nothing on the planet like a burst 'n tort pre CBS P.
Awesome acquisition--it's nice when we can reward ourselves, isn't it?
That bass rocks. That is all.
That is one gnarly looking bass. You lucky dog! Congrats!
Great looking bass, and I'm sure the overwound pickups sound great too.
But is it better than a J-Bass?
Ooops. Sorry, couldn't help myself.
That right there is the real deal. Very very nice indeed.
Congrats and thanks for sharing. That is a think of beauty... so glad it's going to be gigged!
Make some noise!
Congratulations - enjoy it!!! There's nothing like the '57-'62 slab board Precisions. I recommend you take the Bergantino NV115 for a test drive. I played my '59 through one a few weeks back and have been trying to figure out how to make one mine ever since.
Fandamntastic!!! Absolutely gorgeous instrument, and I'm eagerly awaiting some sound bytes...
Holy grail indeed, I can feel that from here!
Is that an ash body?
PS "adieu" is French for 'goodbye'. "Ado" means fuss, bother, delay. Apologies :cool:
all in all one of the most awesome basses i've seen on this site. would love to hear some sound clips, that thing is gorgeous. great story, too.
Why do they call these years slab? I thought anything that's a solid body is considered slab?
Beauty, by the way :-)
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