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FOR SALE: 1978 Fender Precision Bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by johnk_10, Apr 13, 2009.


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  1. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    1978 Fender Precision Bass for sale in very good condition. It has its original black finish on the body as well as the 100% original finish on the neck. The neck is straight with low action and has little or no fret wear. I believe that it originally came with a white or black pickguard, however it appears that a genuine vintage Fender tortoise-shell was installed on it many years ago. The CTS potentiometer date codes date to early 1974. Everything else is original to this bass. I do not have its thumbrest or chrome pickup and bridge covers.This bass plays and sounds great and it weighs in at 9 lbs 14 oz. Its measures 1 5/8" wide at the nut.

    This particular bass is one of the ones that Fender changed the color on it during production. Some of you may have heard about these. They occasionally would shoot a guitar one color, and then due to a flaw in the finish, or a special order, then would re-prep it and run it thru the finishing dept again. In this case, the bass's first color was a deep wine red, but was subsequently changed to black. In my opinion, this really gives it a cool vibe where the finish has worn thru. The 2009 Vintage Guitar Buyer's Guide places a black 1978 Precision Bass's value at $2,000-$2500.00.

    asking $1299.00 + actual shipping from zip 91360.

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    if you'd like to see more pictures of this bass go here: http://johnkvintageguitars.homestead.com/78pbass.html
  2. ReBass

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    Nice! That's a sweet looking P.
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    Not gonna buy it, BUT i'm gonna bump a pretty bass!
  4. the art guy

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    Good price. Wish I had the extra funds to jump on this one.......
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  6. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

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    Nice! How do you know it was a factory refin, though?
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    in a way, its not even a factory refin, as these instruments were sold as new. i've seen alot of them in the past. i have even seen one ( a stratocaster) that, believe it or not, was factory painted four times (three different colors underneath a black finish. this usually happened when the body was getting its final buffing and they accidently went thru the finish. rather than strip them, all they did was scuff them and use the previous finish(es) as a primer for a final finish of gloss black.
  8. CLJMB

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    Nice bass! I'm interested but I have the same question regarding the paint job. While I understand and agree that Fender would sometimes do the re-paint thing at the factory, how does one distinguish between one done at the factory and a refin done later by someone other than Fender? :confused:
  9. Groover

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    What's the weight on it? Looks really cool!
  10. sandman

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    good price....+1 for groover, any idea on a weight?
  11. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    i am very experienced with vintage Fender basses and can always tell if its a factory Fender finish or not.

    the weight info is in the opening post. (9lbs 14oz.)
  12. codsack

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    I purchased a 71 Mustang bass that was refinished at the factory.I was Candy red over a sonic blue.I agree you can usually tell and it happens more than you might think.
  13. ciubz

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    holly crap, i love it. how is the sound on this one?
  14. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    its sounds exactly as you would expect, classic P Bass tone.
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    Bump from a fellow '78 Precision owner...Great looking bass!
  16. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    This bass has been sold. thanks guys!

    regards,
  17. dyoung226

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    If anyone's interested I'm also selling this 1978 Precision Bass. It sounds great and is very clean and set up properly. Also very light, about 8lbs 10 oz. There's a bit of buckle rash and some of the paint has come off around the shoulder- apart from that its in excellent condition.

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