|christianharger ||08-15-2013 07:59 PM |
Would you guys buy this '71 P bass?
Found this awesome Fender P bass for sale. 1971, sunburst with tort guard, very cool wear on it. I went and checked it out today, but I only had a little time, so all I could really do was make sure it was playable. and OH was it playable. it felt SO good and sounded great.
the owner is asking $2800. I'm not sure, but I think that's a little high maybe for a '71? comes with OSHC, but it's pretty beat up (the case, that is). the bass is in good condition, but he's missing the PUP and bridge covers and there are 4 or 5 dead notes up on the 17th fret and up (only on the A and D strings).
Here's what the ad says: All original. Recently set up. Plays and sounds great it just doesn't get the use it deserves. Come check it out. Hard case included.
I'll attach some photos that he sent my way, although you can't see much detail.
So, I'm wondering if you guys would spend $2800. and if not, what would you offer? I am looking for a vintage players bass, and this one seems to fit the bill. I don't know have that much of a vintage knowledge and really don't want to spend almost three grand on something that I could have gotten for less if I would have just held out.
|audioglenn ||08-15-2013 08:18 PM |
That does seem like a high price to me as well. Get the serial number and check it for accuracy. Plus, I would want to see the date code on the end of the neck and the neck pocket and the date codes on the pickup and pots. You need to confirm the authenticity for that amount of money. It's too easy to mix and match parts from one year to another. If he/she objects, I wouldn't buy it. As far as the dead spots above the 17th fret...I leave it up to you. I wouldn't be that concerned.
|snyderz ||08-15-2013 08:26 PM |
Nice bass, but 4 or 5 dead notes would be a deal breaker for me.
|taurus1 ||08-15-2013 08:35 PM |
$2800.00 is insanity, $1500.00 tops if it's a really good player.
that's in this current economy, 5-7 years ago it might have been able to fetch about $1800.00-$2000.00.
|Lowbrow ||08-15-2013 08:41 PM |
Too much, really. Like $1000 too much. I dig that you want a vintage player, and as such you can't really control what comes along. But unless you have money to burn this is a bad deal for you money wise. Might work out well bass wise; FWIW, my Roadworn P is every bit as good a 'vintage' player as was the 62, 66, and 65 I formerly owned. I poop you not.
|Bongolation ||08-15-2013 08:51 PM |
Originally Posted by christianharger
So, I'm wondering if you guys would spend $2800.
I have a very nice '72 I bought in '73 and never played much, but there's absolutely nothing special about it or any other Precision I've ever played from that era.
I just don't understand the appeal over a modern piece with vintage features -- nor have I ever
heard an intelligent, rational explanation of why it would be a better player.
|two fingers ||08-15-2013 08:52 PM |
Too high. Pass and hold out. For that kind of dough you should at least wait for an incredible player.
|bluesblaster ||08-15-2013 08:55 PM |
Just becuase its old doesnt make it worth 3K, I had a dealer try and sell me a early 50's P bass once, it was awful and I said as much, his answer was "but its a 50 something P bass" yeah, so what, its a piece of crap, I've played $100 basses that played and sounded better than this.
I dont know who did the set up but there should not be any dead spots that far up the neck, that would raise a red flag right there, ask to bring it to a reputable luthier or repair person to check out throughly, think of it like buying a used car. If the owner is not amenable to that kind of non bias scrutiny than I would look elsewhere.
|miles'tone ||08-15-2013 09:14 PM |
As has been stated, too much. The dead spots may be down to the dreaded S hump Fenders sometimes suffer from.
If I had that kind of dough to lay down on a P bass then personally I would buy a new American Vintage or a used straight Custom Shop P. Roadworns are fantastic too but thay don't come with a rosewood board, but that's just me.
If you are looking for an old bass specifically and love this one, get it checked out by a professional first. If this isn't possible, walk and keep looking.
Would you guys buy this '71 P bass?
nope ... not me ...
|marklaforest ||08-15-2013 09:19 PM |
Yeah seems very steep. I wouldn't worry about the dead spots, I mean how often do you find yourself above the 17th fret? I'd expect to pay under $2000 for something like this. But if you've got the money and it feels like the right one, can you really put a price on that mojo?
|bikeplate ||08-15-2013 09:21 PM |
If you like it go for it. The price is way over value though. 2k max I'd guess
|Pet Sounds ||08-15-2013 09:23 PM |
I was just checking the sales prices on '73 P-Basses (I own one) on ebay, and they are routinely going for $1600-1700, if that helps.
|Lublin ||08-15-2013 09:24 PM |
The price is high but 71's are special. Mine's a testament to that. Don't invest in a dog, though. If it doesn't speak to you then walk on.
|MIMike ||08-15-2013 09:27 PM |
I agree, too much money by a grand or so. I sold my 1970 in VG condition last year for $2000, and it was completely stock, all covers and OHSC in great shape...oh, and it was nice and light too.
You should be able to buy two nice P-Basses for that price...then you can put flats on one of them!
|Dbassmon ||08-15-2013 09:38 PM |
Way too much money for that bass.
$2000 would be at the top appraised value range. That is the absolute top range of what to pay if this is your "gotta have, bass of doom". One wouldn't normally pay the appraised value.
Dead notes, is that a fret issue? Get the bass re-fretted by a really qualified luthier could be $500 +/-. If its frets, I would offer $1500 or less.
It the bad notes are dead spots, I would not buy the bass.
|Webtroll ||08-15-2013 09:39 PM |
way high, i've seen Ps with no issues way cheaper than that. 1500 if you have to have it, but i'd say with the dead notes the value takes a serious hit; maybe 1100. that's just me mind you, i do play high on the neck sometimes.
|Bassbubble11 ||08-15-2013 09:42 PM |
|christianharger ||08-16-2013 08:13 AM |
wow, pretty overwhelming responses in the same vein here. I did offer $2200 before even posting this, but maybe I'll shoot an even lower offer. It really did feel amazing, but I think you guys are right. Thanks for the help!
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