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Is my precision bass a fake?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by danipus, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. danipus


    Nov 14, 2012
    Hi guys.

    I'm a bit worried that my precision vintage 57 US is a fake because of the fender precision bass decal is a sticker. Take a look at the pictures, grateful for help..





  2. Rigel42


    Mar 24, 2009
    Naples, FL
    It looks like a legit AVRI to me. Water slide sticker on the head stock and V[serial #] on the neck plate would be correct.

    Enjoy your bass :)
  3. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Your pictures are just showing the top part I would say about 15% of them and all the rest is grey when clicking on them for me at least. So it makes it hard to actually see an up close version of them.
  4. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I agree , I once put a little nick in my decal like that one on the '57 ri I had , exactly like that . We'll the guitard hit it with his headstock and nicked it .
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  6. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    Fender did that with decals back in the day. Besides it is something a faker would probably forget to do. Afterall, why would a faker bother to lightly relic the bass, give it a gold anodized guard, then make a sloppy job of the decal? Nope, yours is the real deal I wager.
  7. On the AVRI's the decal is on top of the laquer coat, and not under it like the standard MIA series.Nice looking bass.
    John Sr.
  8. danipus


    Nov 14, 2012
    Ah, so good to hear!! Thank you so much!
    It sounds amazing, so I would be really disappointed if it was a fake:)

    Do anyone know why they made them like this? To me it seems a bit strange.
  9. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    +1 that it's real. They made them like that to be as close as possible to the way the originals were made.
  10. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    Its how it was done back in the day!


    Looks fake, is totally real, You can't explain that!!
  11. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Yep looks fine. My AVRI tele has the same little decal edge around it.
  12. Give me a second I want to show you guys my Strat... Its one of 100... Or maybe 200... But the fender Decal always made me laugh.

    And as stated your bass is real. Just run the serial for 100% guarantee.

    Please disregard the messy room. I was trying to find my watch, and I still have yet to find it... Good thing basses are huge ;)

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  13. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Nice looking bass!
  14. The threaded bolt type saddles, strap button on the head stock, slotted truss rod adjuster at the body, large plated open tuners with tuner ears pinned to tuner stems, anodized pick guard... those all appear to be period correct. It's in damn great shape if it's original.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Its clearly a reissue(you can tell by the "V" serial number not to mention the color). Killer bass man! I have one of these on the way to me right now!
  16. Thanks... I don't keep track of serial numbers but that transparent white color did strike me as odd for 50s era.
  17. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Why? Blonde was offered in 1957 so that's why it's offered on the 57' AVRI.
  18. It looks like a fake to me.
    Im not a professional trough...

    As you can see people here are saying its real, so it would be :)

    But if it plays and sounds good, whats the problem? :D
  19. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Not fake, it's a American Vintage 57' Reissue Precision.
  20. TimWatson

    TimWatson Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I have one. It is the best precision out there IMO. It is real. Tuners are reverse wind, small mandolin frets, nitro finish (you can smell it, mine has finish ramping up to the frets), 3-piece body, pickup has raised pole pieces under the A-string, 10-screw gold pickguard, one piece neck with the brown stripe (no separate piece of wood for fingerboard), wide nut (1.75"). And the logo is on top the finish. Mine sounds and plays better than any other P-Bass I've ever played. Congrats!

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