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Any way to guess the original color of this '70's P?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 9mmMike, Jan 18, 2013.


  1. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Guessing that this bass body was not originally "natural".

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  2. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    Mocha? Looks like a '74-'76 body.
     
  3. EagleMoon

    EagleMoon

    Jul 13, 2007
    Wexford, PA
    That doesn't look like a Fender body to me, and if it's not, it could very well be the original finish.
     
  4. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    I think it is a '74 but the finish is basically a stain.
     
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  6. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    Its for sure a fender body.

    The thumbrest is above the E string not below the G thus its a '74 or newer. The bridge route where the grounding wire is has a hole that is pre '77 so its a '74-'76.

    All the routes show me its indeed legit fender made one of those 3 years.

    Its to dark for a natural finish and to light for a real mocha, if its really mocha then its the lightest one I have seen.

    That said the body is worth a minimum of $300 even with a refin, so if your debating buying it just stick to around there price wise.
     
  7. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

    Dec 21, 2012
    There seems to be residue of the stripping in the various cavities. Any clues to the original color will be found there.
     
  8. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    US
    It looks like alder, and Fender didn't do natural alder basses; the original finish was something else.
     
  9. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member


    Thanks. I agree with your observations completely. I just wish there was a way to tell what color it should be (or was). I think it was stripped and stained. I know so little about the middle seventies Fenders and their colors. Thanks again.
     
  10. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    US
    It looks white in the screw holes and neck pocket.
     
  11. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Yes. I was not sure if that might be the Fender primer. What color white was available in the '74 - '76 vintage?
     
  12. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    US
    Olympic white definitely was; have a look over here:

    http://home.provide.net/~cfh/fenderc.html
     
  13. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Here's a quote from a well-respected member of another forum.

    "The matching headstock was only available with a natural finish. Kidding aside ,most of the "custom colors were deleted in 70 with the remainder pulled in 72. 1974 - 79 had limited choices; Natural, Walnut, Sunburst, White, black, blond. Walnut was switched out for a red toned translucent in 1976 affectionately referred to as root beer."



    The two white-ish choices in '74 would have been Olympic White and Blonde (which was kind of off white that let the grain show through). I don't think they would have done a clear-ish finish (blonde) on an alder body so for my money Oly White would be a safe bet for that bass.
     
  14. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Great info. Thanks everyone.
     
  15. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    A little mock-up with an E-series Japan neck. I have a vintage-correct pickguard and bridge on the way. Grey-bottom pups too.

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  16. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

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