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Which would you rather: PBass Edition

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by magnaton, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. magnaton

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    I don't quite understand it, but there seems to be universal hatred for the walnut/ mocha/ root beer colors in both the Fender and Gibson vintage market. I'm not that offended by it, and I think occasionally it can be quite a unique look. However, from a collectibility/ investment perspective there is no denying that it fetches less on the open market. So, with two Pbasses in sight, both in a similar price bracket, which would you buy and why...

    Option 1) 1977 PBass in Walnut with UNBELIEVABLE flame maple neck and OHSC. 8.6 lbs, no neck gap. $1699 (Realize this is a bit high, but my goodness that neck!)

    Option 2) 1971 PBass in refin Firemist gold, rosewood neck, 8 and a bit lbs, OHSC $1400

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  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    Are you buying for YOU ... or the next owner?
  3. Gasman

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    I'd take that P bass any day. I prefer rosewood, to specifically answer your question, but that paint job is awesome! You selling?
  4. tooley

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    Id go for option a. As I like things with abit of mojo & that bass has plenty.
  5. pudge

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    Rosewood/walnut.......:hyper:
  6. IvanMunoz

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    Option B all the way.
    -Firemist gold is sweet.
    -Rosewood fretboards are better (to me).
    As a bonus, it is less expensive, lighter, AND more vintage.
    Also, for what it{s worth, I played a 71 p bass in a shop and it was the best fender I{ve ever played. I still really want it even though I{ll never get it.
    If I had the money I{d ask you to hook me up with the sellers details on the gold one if you chose not to buy it. If only.
    EDIT: My god, that bass is amazing looking, I{d get that gold one before someone else snaps it up.
  7. Pet Sounds

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    Refins, of course, harm resale value, and the neck of that '77 does look awesome. But I've generally found that the 'early '70s basses were put together better, and the firemist is impressive. I also like the late '60s-early '70s logo. But it's all about what YOU like, my friend. Based on looks, you can't go wrong either way. Have you played them?
  8. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

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    +1 on the re-fin/resale issue

    Naturally road worn Walnut & maple for me
  9. Nobody

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  10. SamanthaCay

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    Refin or not, I'd probably go with the 71' although there's no way I'd buy either sight unseen.
    Also I noticed in the picture of the 77' where they close up on the frets that they look a little low to me, indicating it may very well of had a level at one point they're also a bit worn from the looks of it.
  11. coreyfyfe

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    Hard choice. I prefer maple boards, so I'd edge towards the 77 but you're right that price is high. The 71 looks good, but I'm not a rosewood guy.
  12. jbiscuti

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    '71 for sure!
  13. extreme

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    Hopefully you can play these first and pick the one you like. Without a chance to play first I'd go for the '71 as I much prefer a rosewood board.
  14. rootsnfifths

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    '71 all the way. A no brainer IMO. I would take an early 70s over a late 70s anyday.
    Of course to play it is to judge it! It's Fender we are talking about here.
  15. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    i don't care for 70's era basses. find a 65/66 :D but if i had to choose between these two i'd pick goldie locks.
  16. Radio Face

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    I have an early 70s fretless P (rosewood) and it's a great sounding bass but you should play, if possible, before you pay.
  17. StevieMac

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  18. Mudcat35

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    I prefer the gold one with the rosewood board.
  19. Bass Fund

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    I'd pick the one with the ash body, the '77. Shame on whoever refinished that '71.
  20. magnaton

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    Thanks all for the input. It's nice to see a good split in opinions here. Feeling a little more justified in my indecision. I love the look of the firemist... actually have a strat in this exact color combo. BUT I recently found out that the refin on the '71 was done to hide a bridge pickup route. Hmmm... That puts me off it a bit. Should it not?

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