New 1975/1978 (lol) Fender Precision Bass Day!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Torren61, Apr 12, 2014.


  1. Torren61

    Torren61

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    I just traded for a 1975 Fender Precision bass.

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    It's got a hole here.

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    Missing the ashtray.

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    I'm not a bass guy. Everything look okay? It plays well and sounds good.
  2. Salamenster

    Salamenster

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    That decal... a shiver went down my spine, I'm sorry to inform but my initial thought was 'fake'...


    I just HOPE an expert here might conclude the contrary though. But I've just never seen that font on a 70's P-bass
  3. pedulla-2007

    pedulla-2007 Supporting Member

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    Somebody prove me wrong?:eek:
  4. Gbass75

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    I hate to say it... but, I've had P-basses from that era; and that decal don't look right.

    What did you pay for this?
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  6. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    The logo is wrong, the shape of the neck heel is wrong. Sorry to say fake a roo.
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Could just the decal be wrong? OP did you check the pots,neck etc?
  8. Dave Siff

    Dave Siff

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    Logo definitely looks fake. Serial # on neck plate indicates 1973 or 1974.
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Could the body be correct with a different neck hence the wrong decal?
  10. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    Body m a y be legit, I see a pin hole locator by the heel of the neck pocket.
  11. Kmonk

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    I have owned several Precisions from 1972 through 1982. This one definitely looks fake. The decal and neck heal look wrong. The neck plate doesn't mean much because they can very easily be swapped to another bass.
  12. Arnie

    Arnie

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    My '76 has the serial number ON the sticker logo.. not on the neck plate.
  13. BigDanT

    BigDanT Supporting Member

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    No to hijack but I hadn't heard this term before. What exactly do you mean by pinhole locator? Is it for the truss rod or ?
  14. Mitchthebassplayer

    Mitchthebassplayer Supporting Member

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    body seems pretty legit....pgaurd is def not original and several things about the neck seem questionable....but that logo couldn't be any more fake....hope that's where the fakeness ends! But hey, if it sounds great and you're happy with your trade, who cares!
  15. Torren61

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    I just took it apart and took more pics. I forgot to mention the guy said it was a '75 body and a '77 neck.

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    Looks like it was blue at some point.

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    But, it started out as natural.

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  16. Torren61

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    I traded a 1999 Custom Shop Washburn Maverick Studio (with Duncan Antiquities, custom ebony knobs, EVH pots and a p.i.o. vintage Sprague cap. All of which I added) and a John Lennon Epiphone acoustic (bone nut and bridge that I carved, bone string pegs, EVH pots and a vintage Sprague cap. All of which I added).

    I'm not really freaking out. I'd rather everything be USA made but it does sound and play well. Plus, it's not part of my 401k, lol. Besides, I probably would have tweaked it. I'm not going back to rescind the trade.

    I DO appreciate the input. The decal DOES look sloppy, doesn't it?
  17. DirkP

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    Omg the logo. I think I have to drink some of this to get over it.

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    If only Mr. Fender would have chosen another word. I mean to be more precise... I think he should have named this bass "Jazz" or something less revealing...

    Dirk
  18. Torren61

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    I hear ya, lol. I rotated the neck heel picture. I think it's a 1978 neck. I agree, the decal is sloppy as hell and the stamps are sloppy, too. But, after comparing to other closeup shots of 1978 USA Fender neck heels, I really think it's a 1978 USA Fender neck. I sure could be wrong, though.
  19. Arizona Jones

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    What's the nut width? Looks Jazz width.
  20. Torren61

    Torren61

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    1 5/8"

    To be clear, I'm not afraid to discover I have a partscaster bass. If the neck turns out to be fake, it's okay. It FEELS right and solid. No sharp edges on the fret wires. That decal bugs the crap outta me though, lol. But only because of it's lack of precision (see what I did there?).
  21. Mitchthebassplayer

    Mitchthebassplayer Supporting Member

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    pretty much what I thought. A mid-late 70's Fender with a bunch of history and a really bad re-logoing job....if you don't care about the logo, then enjoy it!

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