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1964 and 1966 Fender Precisions - twin tuning

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Oren Hudson, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    IMG_3664.JPG I propped my '66 (that I bought new) and recently acquired '64 side by side to admire and compare. While looking at them, I noticed something that caught my eye. The tuning keys were in near identical positions to each other on both. It's been three years since I re-strung and set-up the '66. I just completed the '64. Out of the possible positions that each of them could be in, it's amazing to me that they are pretty much twins. What are the odds??
  2. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    I will trust you but a picture can't be heard

    Neat though :) !
  3. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Sir, you have entirely too much time on your hands. Other than that, those are beautiful babies!
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    You noticed that, bit the string trees in different positions didn't get you?
  5. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    I see Rod Serling standing in the shadows
  6. barginkov


    Feb 1, 2012
    L.I. New York
    I hate when the tuner come out all facing thar same way paralell to headstock
  7. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Pretty cool coincidence. I don't know when I first started, but when I put new strings on I first align all the post gaps parallel to the neck. Different string gauges, different post widths etc so it's not like I expect them to always end up the same, and they aren't… it's just a part of my ritual installing new strings.
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  8. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    When I was comparing them, I at first thought that the decal was in a different position. But as you noticed, it's the string guide that's in a different location.
  9. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Anyone care to guess which is which - '64 left or right / '66 left or right??? 50% chance of being right. ;)
  10. pjbassist

    pjbassist Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
    '66 on the right, '64 on the left is my guess.
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  11. I dig the strap!
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  12. Chico Ruger

    Chico Ruger Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2014
    Western NC
    What about the crack starting on the headstock on the one on the left.

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  13. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    String tree position on the left one says '66 to me.
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  14. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    How about a full frontal shot of these two beauties? This is like watching porn but finding only face pictures. :D
  15. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Guessing '66 on the left - not a clear pic but it appears the dot marker is reflecting light of the flash - so it would be pearl if so. (can't see enough of the marker on the right board to confirm) But maybe not because my '66 string-tree position looks like the one on the right. Hard to go strictly by that as they moved around a lot through the years and even in the same year.
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  16. cripula


    Dec 20, 2006
    64 L 66 R
    That is odd string tree placement.
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  17. slagbass

    slagbass Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    64 R, 66 L. I'm saying that because the tuning pegs stick out just a *tiny* bit more on the 64.
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  18. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Don't take this the wrong way, OP (I mean it friendly), but...

    Man! I thought _I_ was OCD...

    Nice basses, fo' sure!
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  19. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    Without looking at the rest of the thread, I'd say the '64 is the one on the left, with the Futura font underneath the Fender logo being bigger, with tighter kerning, which is a holdover from the Spaghetti logo. Also, it appears only to have 4 sets of patent numbers, whilst the one on the right appears to have four, plus a designation number. Also, the digits on the right are in a condensed font to make it fit more. They shrank the Precision Bass lettering with looser kerning.

    I could be wrong, though.
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  20. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    '64 on the left, '66 on the right side.
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