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2 questions about an old PBass model (Fender Historians Wanted)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mola Ram, Apr 9, 2014.


  1. Mola Ram

    Mola Ram

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    So, I was thinking back to the first bass I ever had. It was a Fender PBass that had a passive P/J pickup configuration that dad bought for me when I was 15 years old (so probably 1995-96). It was a GREAT bass for learning and. And while I did move on to MANY different basses after that (I went through a phase where I thought active/neck-thru, 35 scales were the only way to go) I have found myself in love with a Yamaha BB1025X. Passive, P/J, just as a 5 string.

    My questions have to do with that original bass. It had two things that seem to be very different from other 4 string Pbasses I've seen and I was hoping someone could tell me about them.

    1. The headstock: While it had the classic shape of a Fender it seemed "narrow". It's the only way I can describe it. I've yet to see another Fender headstock like it.

    2. The cutaway on the lower horn. It was deeper than almost all fender Pbasses I see these days. I actually prefer the look of that deeper cutaway and I'm curious as to why it's not used more.

    Now that I think of it I think another weird thing was the pick guard was not the standard Pbass one. I believe it was actually the kind you'd find on a 51 PBass.

    I hope all that made sense. Does anyone have any insight on to what model this was?

    Thanks!
     
  2. msb

    msb

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    Might have been a Cowpoke . I think they were actually called Precision Specials but they were often referred to as Cowpoke basses .
     
  3. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

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    did it look like this?
     
  4. Mola Ram

    Mola Ram

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    Wow, you guys are good!

    Yep, that's it except mine was black. Thanks! Does anyone know anything else about this model?
     
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  6. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

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  7. E.J. T.N.T.

    E.J. T.N.T.

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    Was about to say it was probably a cowpoke. Nice basses.
     
  8. smcd

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  9. Mola Ram

    Mola Ram

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    Thanks again! Much appreciated. Time for me to get reading.
     
  10. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    Cowpokes are inexpensive. You can pick a nice example up for around $400
     

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