Which would you rather: PBass Edition

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

  1. magnaton


    Dec 12, 2013
    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








  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Are you buying for YOU ... or the next owner?
  3. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    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. Id go for option a. As I like things with abit of mojo & that bass has plenty.
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  6. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2008
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Way Out West
    +1 on the re-fin/resale issue

    Naturally road worn Walnut & maple for me
  10. Nobody


    Jul 14, 2004
  11. SamanthaCay


    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    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.
  12. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    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.
  13. jbiscuti

    jbiscuti Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    New York City
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
  14. extreme


    Mar 20, 2000
    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.

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    '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.
  16. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    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.
  17. Radio Face

    Radio Face

    May 2, 2013
    I have an early 70s fretless P (rosewood) and it's a great sounding bass but you should play, if possible, before you pay.
  18. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
  19. Mudcat35


    Feb 21, 2009
    Austin, TX
    I prefer the gold one with the rosewood board.
  20. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    I'd pick the one with the ash body, the '77. Shame on whoever refinished that '71.
  21. magnaton


    Dec 12, 2013
    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?