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Quick Fender Authenticity check.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vin*tone, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. vin*tone

    vin*tone Supporting Member

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    Hey guys.
    A quick authenticity check pls.... I'm about to pull the trigger on a P- said to be an 83 Fullerton. Probably legit but thought I'd run it by the gang in case someone spots anything sus.

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    Tx! :D
  2. LCW

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    correct logo , serial number and white pick up colors for the age thats about as much as i can verify.The guard is just one ply?
  3. vin*tone

    vin*tone Supporting Member

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    Yea. I think you just answered my 2 big questions. The logo looks a bit closer to the string tree than most I've seen.
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    Man, it's gorgeous either way! Envy!
  5. LCW

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    [​IMG]

    Another 83' that bass is in decent shape for its age i dunno what i'll look like at that age ha:D

    But i wonder if that guard is original? oh well its pretty chipped up anyways
  6. vin*tone

    vin*tone Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys. I just bought it!

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  7. LCW

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    Killer looks sweet
  8. vin*tone

    vin*tone Supporting Member

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    Yeah I did a bit of a sniff around on "H. Gastelum". Turns out he's is the Yoda of neck shaping and has been working on Fender necks since '61. Some references say he's still working at the custom shop but he may have retired.
  9. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

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    I have three 1983 Fenders, two Precision Elite models and a Jazz. The logos on all three of mine are like the one in the second photo posted, yours has black letters, and is placed slightly different; however, the micro-tilt, and pickup covers look authentic. I'd like to see those tuners from the backside. My jazz pickguard came with one ply, the Elites came with three ply.
  10. NOVAX

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    grab that headstock and pull it back to see how bad the strings bottom out.
    i had an 83 whose neck that was too elastic for good taste. sold it fast.
  11. vin*tone

    vin*tone Supporting Member

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    Luckily the seller has taken a whole heap of shots.

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    '83 was aparently the first year these tuners were used.
  12. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

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    I hate those tuners, and I have several newer Fenders that have them. They work great, but I can't stand the look of the tuning posts (too short and tapered). I know that's a silly reason to dislike them, but give me the vintage style Fender tuners -- or even one of the 70s style tuners -- any day.

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