Go Back   TalkBass Forums > Bass Guitar Forums > Bass Guitar Forums > Basses [BG]
Register Rules/FAQ/CUP Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Supporting Membership
Thank You

Latest Supporting Member
Donate to Upgrade Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-12-2014, 08:48 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Supporting Member
Reading P-bass serial number

Hi Gang,

I am sorry is there is a sticky or another thread that answers this question, but I can't find it.

I have a P-bass of unknown origin. A photo of the headstock is attached. I don't know whether to read the serial number with or without the "E". I tried looking up both. Without it, it is was built in the 70s. With it, it was built in the 80s.

I'd really like to get the value of it because a friend wants to sell it to me.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/114206874@N02/11908844184/
  #2  
Old 01-12-2014, 08:51 AM
Figjam's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Boston, MA
Supporting Member
Use the E. E Series are great 80s instruments. It might be against forum rules to ask for an instruments value in this manner but I am not sure. Do some googling.
  #3  
Old 01-12-2014, 08:58 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Supporting Member
The serial number info is all I wanted. Thanks!!!
  #4  
Old 01-12-2014, 09:01 AM
JimB52's Avatar
User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: East Coast
GOLD Supporting Member
Looks like a 1983ish Fender, one of the last made at the Fullerton, CA factory. They are generally considered to be quality instruments, but can to be heavy and are perhaps ssomewhat overpriced on the used market.
__________________
If you don't know which note to play, play them all.
.
LOG Roller, Fender Fan, a MusicMan, Rickenbacker-backer, Gib-son, Hay-man.
https://www.facebook.com/home.php?re...nMusic?fref=ts
  #5  
Old 01-12-2014, 09:18 AM
DiabolusInMusic's Avatar
Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Supporting Member
That is no ordinary Fender Precision, that is a Precision Elite. Fender made them from 82-84 I believe, there is a great site on the net from another TBer you should check out (see some of the crazy finishes they offered.) The pickup is active, the tone knob (TBX tone control) works like a normal tone knob when you roll it off and increases the highs and lows when you crank it up. This things were Fender's top offering back in their day. I had one and it was a pretty solid player, I ended up selling it to a musician touring through town.

The bass appears to have the fine point tuning bridge, it should have a tilt-able neck, the neck plate has a little hole in, just loosen the neck a little and there is a set screw that works like a shim, ensure that works as well. Do not forget to check the truss! Those knobs are proper, and their should be strap locks as well.

I cannot offer you a price quote unless you are a supporting member but you know what your looking at so you can figure it out.
__________________
Carvin LB76 / Dingwall ABZ ! Support Local !
MarkBass SD 800
Epifani UL2-310 / fEARful 1212/6

! Rocking against all gods !
  #6  
Old 01-12-2014, 10:03 AM
JimB52's Avatar
User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: East Coast
GOLD Supporting Member
I didn't notice the body picture. DiabolusInMusic is right. That is a Precision Elite I, in the fairly rare trans-green finish.
__________________
If you don't know which note to play, play them all.
.
LOG Roller, Fender Fan, a MusicMan, Rickenbacker-backer, Gib-son, Hay-man.
https://www.facebook.com/home.php?re...nMusic?fref=ts
  #7  
Old 01-13-2014, 11:50 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Supporting Member
Quote: I cannot offer you a price quote unless you are a supporting member but you know what your looking at so you can figure it out.[/quote]

Ouch. Called out on not being a supporting member. And rightfully so. Fair enough; I lurk plenty. I just paid my $$.
  #8  
Old 01-13-2014, 11:56 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Seweracuse, NY
Quote:
Originally Posted by JimB52 View Post
I didn't notice the body picture. DiabolusInMusic is right. That is a Precision Elite I, in the fairly rare trans-green finish.
Technically that 'rare trans-green' is a 'rare jewel tone Emerald Green' finish. They did Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald.
__________________
fEARful: for those who want something better: http://greenboy.us/fEARful/


For Sale : Bergantino HT115 with Cover: $500.00 + exact shipping cost.SOLD!
  #9  
Old 01-13-2014, 03:43 PM
RobSatFender's Avatar
Registered User

Director, Customer Service, Fender
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Supporting Member
Quote:
Originally Posted by DiabolusInMusic View Post
That is no ordinary Fender Precision, that is a Precision Elite. Fender made them from 82-84 I believe, there is a great site on the net from another TBer you should check out (see some of the crazy finishes they offered.) The pickup is active, the tone knob (TBX tone control) works like a normal tone knob when you roll it off and increases the highs and lows when you crank it up. This things were Fender's top offering back in their day. I had one and it was a pretty solid player, I ended up selling it to a musician touring through town.

The bass appears to have the fine point tuning bridge, it should have a tilt-able neck, the neck plate has a little hole in, just loosen the neck a little and there is a set screw that works like a shim, ensure that works as well. Do not forget to check the truss! Those knobs are proper, and their should be strap locks as well.

I cannot offer you a price quote unless you are a supporting member but you know what your looking at so you can figure it out.
+1
__________________
Rob Schwarz- Fender
Director, Customer Service
  #10  
Old 01-13-2014, 03:57 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Long Beach, Ca.
I'm not sure what one of these is going for, right now, but if the price is right, jump on it quick. Those Fullerton Fenders are really NICE! Maybe not quite vintage, yet, but they are headed that way. I wish I had friends like yours.
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Visit TalkBass on Facebook   Download our iOS app   Download our Android app

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:16 PM.




2012 Talk Music Group Inc. All rights reserved.
Play guitar too? Visit TalkGuitar.com
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.12
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.