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Bought one of my dream basses today

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thedudebrah, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. thedudebrah

    thedudebrah Supporting Member

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    My band left for a little weekend tour today and we stopped for our guitar player to get some strings. I went in to browse, and there on the wall was a 1974 P all original with a maple neck and a natural finish. I had to have it.

    The sales guy threw in a set of fresh strings and I restrung it and gave it a quick set up in the van. I just got done our set with it and it plays KILLER. It makes me want to sell some other basses and only use this one.

    Here's some quick iPhone pics. I need to take better ones when I get home. Both the headstock and the body and heavily checked with some wear on the forearm cut, but it doesn't show up in these pics.

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    And stupid me holding it in the van
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  2. sbassface

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    One of mine as well (dream bass) that is congrats!
  3. thedudebrah

    thedudebrah Supporting Member

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    I forgot to mention that this thing is heavy. I'd venture a guess at the high side of 12lbs. Which is great for me because I adore heavy basses.
  4. DogBone

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    Congrats!

    It's a beauty. :bassist:
  5. skulletwhip

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    That bass is handsome.
  6. 1960jbass

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    I have a 78 and that thing weighs!!! But it is my all time favorite bass. You'll have made a good choice. Enjoy!!!
  7. Dark Horse

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    Congrats !
  8. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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  9. og61pbass

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    NICE!!!:thumbup :)
  10. Figjam

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    Looks amazing. Some of my favorite necks ever.
  11. thedudebrah

    thedudebrah Supporting Member

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    The neck is a baseball bat. From what I can tell, the frets are original and there is tons of meat left on them.
  12. thedudebrah

    thedudebrah Supporting Member

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    Little bump. Played this thing all weekend on a mini tour. I think I've found "the one". It's inspiring me to really thin the herd. I had two other basses with me and I didn't even think about them. This was my go to.

    I'm going to open it up and get some more pictures later today. However, when tweaking the neck, I've already noticed that the holes for the neck are stripped out. The screws still hold, but I'd like to repair the holes with some small dowels for a tighter fit.

    I also noticed no date stamp on the heel or in the pocket. Is this normal for early 70s fenders?
  13. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    Enjoy that!
    My 72 weighs about 10lbs, and has a "A" neck. I wish it was a "C" neck, but, there ya go.
  14. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out.... Supporting Member

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    this pic says it all! (Finding that dream girl on tour...and then she gets in the van with you...:hyper:)

    That is how I feel every time I have my 72 P!

    We should ALL get to feel like this when it comes to what we do
  15. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    I've had my '72 since '74...I can't tell you haw many shows I've done with it.
    Complete road dog.

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  16. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out.... Supporting Member

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    yes!...more 72 P bass pron!

    And there is something about the maple 70's necks....
  17. mimaz

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    Once upon a time (probably around 1985) I owned a twin to that bass...and you're right, it's damn heavy.
  18. josiah goldfish

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    I wouldn't use dowels, I'd get a plug cutter and match the wood/grain.

    I did this recently but I stuck an octagonal piece of wood in a drill press and used a sanding block to make it round. Fit perfectly, but I made it a tiny bit wedge shaped so that you could hit it in with some glue.

    Don't drill into endgrain!!!
    Joe
  19. thedudebrah

    thedudebrah Supporting Member

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    Chef, that 72 is a beaut. Natural finishes on Fenders are stunning.
  20. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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    ...I've always suspected you were the guy on the right...

    Nice score, 70s had the best decal; good to see a heavy one going to a guy who likes heavy ones. It is a shame when people own a great vintage and don't take it out for whatever reason.

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