A high school friend bought this '61 P bass from a classmate at Antioch College in Ohio in 1969. The original sunburst had been stripped to a natural wood finish, other than that it was stock. I played it in a band with him when I was 17, and loved the smooth action and powerful tone. In 1980, I found the bass in dusty pieces in his basement. He'd painted it sloppy streaky black with hobby shop spray can paint... but worse, after breaking off the end of the truss rod, he had SAWED the end of the neck (including the slab rosewood board and date stamp) OFF, to get at the truss rod. WAY too much drugs, no respect for the instrument.... I asked him if I could buy the pieces, and took everything including the pickup cover and original case. I took the neck to a skilled luthier, Danny Powers who took off the fretboard and replaced the truss rod, fashioned and glued in a perfect new end to the neck, and per my request, put on a slab ebony board, smoothed it and left it fretless. And that's how I played this bass for 30 years- an awesome '61 Fretless Precision. A couple of years ago, I decided to sell it, and took it to Krishna Jain of the Guitar Garage here in Waltham, who performed a magnificent Pro refin in Inca Silver metal flake, a nitro custom color available on Fenders in 1961. He got the exact Duco/GM/Fender part number, $75 a quart and hard to work with as it clogs the sprayer. The body had never been cut, routed, modded or dinged and is in perfect condition. Traces of the orig SB finish are visible in othe neck pocket. After reassembling the bass, I realized that there is a very limited market for a vintage P that is fretless. I then obtained a 1964, pre-CBS P neck from Wolf Ginandes, respected repairman at Berklee here in Boston. The maple slab fretboard may have been a custom order from Fender in '64, or it may have been put on during the intervening years- either way, it looks and plays perfect. The neck came without hardware or frets, so Krishna transferred the original reverse tuners, string retainer and strap peg from the '61 neck, and put on a fresh set of vintage size frets. He also did the final assembly and set-up, and the bass plays, feels and sounds like a dream. The body, pick guard, pickup, finger rest, bridge, neck plate, pickup cover, tuners. case and one knob are all original '61. The pots and wiring are non original, probably from the mid-sixties. In a world where pre-CBS vintage P-basses are almost always chipped beat-up sunburst with a rosewood board, I think this bass has a unique, clean, California look. The guard has the usual shrinkage for 52 years old, but is in good shape. The bass plays and sounds virtually perfect, and is light and resonant. It's ready to gig and record, with no issues. After having this bass in my life since my teens, I will be sorry to see it go, but I recently became a first-time home owner, of a house that needs quite a bit of work. So, I'm offering this bass for sale. I have many more iphone pics I can send direct from my phone. Serial number is 75773. Regardless of interest in buying or not, I welcome all comments and questions. I am asking $3,200. Obviously, if it was all 100% original with no refin, it would be worth around twice that or more. I am open to all reasonable offers, though as I am selling to raise $, I'm not open to trades. I would also consider selling for $2,800 without the case, as an original '61 case is easy to sell by itself. Thanks.