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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

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

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  2. A-Step-Towards

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    Mocha? Looks like a '74-'76 body.
     
  3. EagleMoon

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    It looks white in the screw holes and neck pocket.
     
  11. 9mmMike

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Great info. Thanks everyone.
     
  15. 9mmMike

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

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    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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