1965 Precision Bass for $1300

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by -=DanAtkinson=-, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. So I was visiting with some family I had not seen in years, and one of my cousins tells me he's got an "old Fender bass". I asked him what year, and he said he's pretty sure it's a 1965. He said he looked up the serial # and he determined it was a 65 because it began with an L.

    Apparently he hasn't played it in 10+ years. It's been sitting in his attic in the original case. He bought it back in the early 80's from some guy who (of course) stripped the original finish. So it's got the natural wood look. Besides that, he claims it's all original to his knowledge.

    I asked him if he would consider selling it and he said yes. He said he could probably part with it for $1300. I assume even with the original finish stripped that would be a good deal.

    I'm going to look at it this weekend and will report back, with pics. :bassist:
  2. score, well possibly. Waiting to see report!!!
  3. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    If the rest is all original, plays/sounds good, and the neck is true BUY IT!
  4. Yeah thats a good deal
  5. Luckie


    Jan 1, 2010
    Northfield MN
    Man, how do ya'll meet these people with guitars in their attics?
  6. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA

    I'd feel bad buying that $1300 from family.
  7. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    SIIIICK DEEEEAL!!! Snatch it up!
  8. Update:

    Here's a blurry phone pic he sent me. I'm 95% sure this is NOT a 1965. Looks more like a 1975. On the bright side, it appears to be an original factory "mocha" finish, as best I can tell. No way to know for sure until I see it in person.

    And the bridge appears to be a Schaller. Now $1300 isn't looking so absurdly low.

  9. I'd still do it, if I had the scratch. $1,300 for a '75 P? Yes, P-lease!
  10. Antny


    Jan 30, 2011
    New York
  11. Pretty sure thats not factory mocha, the bridge is schaller. Get a headstock shot
  12. manbearpig97


    Mar 28, 2010
    I think Mocha is normally darker than that.
  13. Antny


    Jan 30, 2011
    New York
    Is the body made of........ tonewood? (runs for cover......!) :smug:
  14. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    wow, it looks beautiful! if everything's working and it feels right holding and playing it, 1300 doesn't seem that bad (depending on what year it ends up being)...
  15. I've seen it come ever lighter. And the lighting could certainly be playing tricks.

    Here's a fairly light 1975 mocha J bass.

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  16. Ha awesome!
  17. I suppose it still could be a '65... albeit with a swapped pickuard, refinish, and Schaller bridge.

    Either way the price isn't bad. I'll need to see how she plays.
  18. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Blurry pic but I kind of see the fullerton hump on the lower cutout which would mean its probably from the 60s.
  19. You mean the slight hump where the lower cutaway meets the neck pocket?
  20. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Its a little bump that exists right where the neck pocket area and lower cutout portion of the body meet. Not sure of the exact date when they stopped, but the 70's basses don't have the bump.

    If you look at the pic, it's to the right, between the 18th and 19th frets.