Ash/rosewood on a vintage P - rare?

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  1. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    How common or rare is it to have a 1966 P-bass w/an ash body and a rosewood-capped maple neck? I'm wondering because usually ash was paired w/a solid maple neck (or the late 60's maple-capped maple) on vintage P-basses. Thoughts?
  2. JimB52

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    I didn't know Fender was using ash bodies in 1966. What finish is on the bass in question?
    A maple fretboard would be extremely rare in 1966, regardless of body wood type.
  3. Mojo-Man

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    :cool:

    Ash in 1966 ? It would be rare.
    Is this a 1966 sSlab-Body P-Bass, Like The Ox's ?
    A rosewood-neck one is very rare. Very few made.
  4. Templar

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    Fender made ash body guitars and basses throughout the pre-CBS era. Can't imagine why the option would not still be available in '66. Look for a blonde original finish (trans white) sans matching headstock. This would include the infamous Mary Kay's with their gold hardware.

    IICR, standard features for '66 would include a rosewood veneer board along with some transitional features, like neck binding, pearl dots or blocks, and maybe lollipop tuners.

    (you could probably find all the info in any of the Fender books)
  5. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    Not a slab - a standard sunburst P w/reverse-wind tuners. (note; non-original bridge)

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  6. Templar

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    It's alder.

    Wish you'd posted the pic first.
  7. JIO

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    this is currently on ebay - a '66 P w/an ash-slab body. (so he sez) This one looks like alder, compared to mine that looks like ash. I really only am conjecturing - so can't say but judging from the exposed wood grain, I'm guessing ash. I will always admit to being wrong if definitive fact prevails.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=271437971551
  8. Templar

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    Ooops. For some reason I thought we were talking about a Jazz bass. My bad, just ignore. :meh:

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