60's Fender string envelopes/strings

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  1. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    A friend of mine gave me his old Fender flats envelopes/strings from most likely the mid-late 60's (for his bought new '66 P). Just thought I'd share pics of this piece of Fender history. (he only had 3 of the 4 - no G) Don't forget - clean strings sound better, look better!

    The red ones are BIG! (8.5" square), and the others are same size as current packaging.

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  2. FranF

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    Very cool, thanks for posting these!
  3. hotbass57

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    yes very cool....u going to use them? :D
  4. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    I have strung them up out of curiosity but as much as is said about some players preferring old strings, I'll keep them in their envelopes to respect the dead! :smug:

    I did have an idea to have the lower one (w/guitar graphics) scanned and printed on an oatmeal-coloured T-shirt.
  5. project_c

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    love the way these look! thanks for posting.
  6. electracoyote

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    Good call. Nearly 50 years later, the metal has no doubt fundamentally changed.

    Thanks for the time capsule, very cool. I was a little boy in the early 60's, so the graphics and fonts hit a deeply buried aesthetic nerve.
  7. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    There's an interview w/James Jamerson from '79 in which he states he had the same strings (heavy gauge LaBella flats) on his (bought new) '63 P-bass at the time of the interview. (16 yrs!) He goes on to say "You don't need to change strings all the time: you'll lose the tone. It's like a new car; the older it gets, the better it rides."
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    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    The older larger envelopes are like double bass string packages (to this day) and back then they probably figured that would remain consistent as after all, it was a bass string!
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    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    No sooner said than done! (a T-shirt printing place is around the corner!) I wanted the just-off-white tan but they were out of my size - will have another made by next week!

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  10. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

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    WOW! love that shirt!!

    I recently bought 'new old stock' Fender flatwound set from the early 70s off Ebay. The graghics also look so 70s if ya know what I mean.

    I have not put them on any of my basses yet. I will have to post a pic. This could turn into a "pics of old string packaging" thread.
  11. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    Now you're talking! Let's see pics of "that 70's thing"!
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    Cooool shirt! Sign me up for a Large ! ;-)
  13. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    As soon as it came out of the laser printer I thought of producing them, but I don't want to risk getting into copyright issues. I'm doing another bass-related design w/my own artwork honoring Jerry Wexler. I'll post pics when it's on a T-shirt. It's based on an interview where he was asked what he wanted etched on his gravestone. As a life-long atheist, he wryly answered "more bass". If anyone doesn't know who he was, a google search will clue you. Let's just say he knew something about the importance of bass in the mix. :smug:

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  14. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

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    Here is my contribution^^^

    CBS killed the Battlecreek plant in 1975 so these would be from '75 or older.
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  15. JIO

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  17. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Previously rootsnfifths Supporting Member

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    Amazing. The shirt too! I can't stop drooling over that bass. Is that your '66?
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    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes, and thanks to my lucky stars for being aligned in such a way as to acquire it. I'm no collector but not a stranger to vintage owning a '64 T-bird (which is awesome), but this bass is …. words will not suffice - I'm very lucky.
  19. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Previously rootsnfifths Supporting Member

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    Well thanks for posting the pic. It is, imo, one of the nicer looking vintage P basses I have seen around here.
  20. Technotitclan

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    WOW. I'm normally very not into vintage anything but I would rock a shirt like that.

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