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1959 P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassturtle, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    Just scored an all original (even the case) 1959 P. Pretty excited about it. She's pretty beat, but it's got tons of vibe! I'll post some pictures when I get home tonight.
  2. Sweet score Turtle!

    Looking forward to those pics!
  3. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
  4. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    can't wait to see the pics!
  5. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    Here we go. The pics kind of suck, but you get the idea.

  6. SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET, how much? PM me if you do not want to say $$$ amount on the forum. I understand! I'm curious though!

    Whats the serial #?

  7. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    Thanks Treena. The body and neck are penciled as 59 and the pots match that too. The neck serial is 52045 which I believe is a 1960 date...although I've seen a couple different things on that.

    Check your PMs ;)
  8. Got it!

    Hey, check out http://www.provide.net/~cfh/fender2.html#pbass

    Some great info on vintage P basses.........

    The Fender Precision Bass.
    Collectibility Rating: 1952-1957: C-, 1957-1959: B, 1959-1965: C.

    First introduced in November 1951 as the first electric bass, the Precision Bass is the most popular bass design ever.

    Precision Bass Peghead Decals:
    o Precision Bass, 1951 to 1968.

    1951 Pbass specs:
    o Slab asymmetrical double cutaway ash body, blond finish.
    o Black flat pole single coil pickup.
    o Serial number on bridge plate.
    o Black fiber pickquard clear coated with lacquer.
    o One piece maple 34" scale neck.

    1954 Pbass specs:
    o Contoured ash body (like Strat), two-color sunburst finish.
    o White single layer ABS pickguard.
    o Black staggered pole single coil pickup.
    o Serial number on neck plate.

    Mid 1957 Pbass specs:
    o Split double-rectangular pickup replaces single coil.
    o Anodized aluminum pickguard.
    o Wider peghead design like a Strat replaces the Tele-style peghead.
    o Three-color sunburst finish (in 1958).

    Mid 1959 Pbass specs:
    o Slab Rosewood fingerboard.
    o Tortoise grain celluloid three layer pickguard.

    Mid 1962 Pbass specs:
    o Veneer Rosewood fingerboard.

    Late 1964 Pbass specs:
    o Silver Fender decal thicker than previous "spaghetti" logo.
    o Pearl fingerboard dots replace "clay" dots.
    o Tortoise plastic three layer pickguard replaces celluloid.

    1968 Pbass specs:
    o Black Fender decal.
    o "F" style tuning gears replaces backward-tuning "no-name" Kluson gears.
    o Polyester thick finish replaces nitrocellulose lacquer.

    1970 Pbass specs:
    o Slightly narrow neck width.
    o Maple or rosewood fingerboard available.
    o Fretless option available.

    Precision Bass is still available today in several forms.

  9. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    Yup. It's all about the slab! I use that guy's webpage all the time. He's got some great info.
  10. Bassone

    Bassone Guest

    Jun 8, 2004
    Australia, Sydney
    Ahhhhh sweeet bass i want it so very bad nicest colour. can u pm me the price too if u must. so very jaco pastorius of you to own such a beauty
  11. dirtgroove


    Jan 10, 2003
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Oh man, she's nothing short of beautiful. I'm head over heels in love with your lady!
    All I can say is that I hope you talk to her.
    What's her background?
  12. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    Nice!! Looks like it's gots lotsa mojo in it :D
  13. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain

    Nice geezer you got there........ I´m sure she has a lot of mojo and tone.

  14. I would also like to know the price if its not too much trouble.
  15. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    LOL. Thanks. She's at the "Dr's" office as we speak getting a setup. I bought it from the original owner's daughter. She had pictures of him playing it in the mid 60's...REALLY neat to see. Anyway, her father just passed away and she found it in his closet.

    I bought it with the intention of selling it, but I'm having a hard time trying to decide. I've always been a Jazz bass player, but this thing has me reconsidering.
  16. kazuhank


    Nov 12, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Curiousity is killing me too. Do you mind PM-ing me the price you paid? I think we all dream of finding that "closet classic" score. Much better that you found a "player's" bass! :)
  17. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004

    check your pms
  18. kazuhank


    Nov 12, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Thanks Turtle! Maybe someday I'll live the 'dream' and find a classic like that. Enjoy!
  19. Man, that's a whole lotta cool in one place.

    Nice score!
  20. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I'm build a '59 Pbass using a swamp ash body finished in white, and a maple/rosewood with matching peghead face using Warmoth parts. It will also sport a tort pickgaurd:D. I'll post pics soon!