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1970 Sherwood Green Fender Precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TaylorBoots, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. TaylorBoots


    Jan 14, 2017
    Hello All,

    Not sure if I am posting this in the correct place (please correct me if not) but I have found a 1970 Fender Precision and the owner claims it's original paint job is Sherwood Green however all references I can find on the internet claim that Fender stopped using that color in 1965.

    Having said that I also know that sometimes Fender records can be somewhat unreliable so I was wondering if anyone could let me know if Fender actually did use this color in 1970?

    Here are some references I found:
    Fender Color Chart - 1970 Fender catalog, page 95
    -- color not found on this page

    Vintage Guitars Info - Fender custom color finishes on vintage Fender guitars
    -- about 3/4 of the way down is a color-by-year chart indicating that they only used the Sherwood Green color between 1960-1965.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Smogcity


    May 12, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Most likely it's actually lake placid blue that has aged/yellowed to green
  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    CS? They’ve done special order or for an endorser or custom. Pics?

  4. Yes, I'd like to see a picture of it but have seen old LPB basses look green before.
  5. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    No Sherwood in the 70's. As stated, faded LPB, or a re-fin.
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  6. PrairieThunder13


    Dec 21, 2015
    I think I know which one you're referring to... Saskatoon by any chance? If that is the one, I had the same question - plus sherwood green was metallic, I believe, and I don't see any evidence of shimmer in this one. My first inclination was faded blue, too but there is a shot of the neck plate and evidence of chips in the clear coat around it, with the same shade of almost "gumby green". The rest of the package is so clean and original, with all the case candy and hang tags I have a hard time convincing myself that it's a refin... an anomaly for sure.

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  7. TaylorBoots


    Jan 14, 2017
  8. TaylorBoots


    Jan 14, 2017
    Thanks everyone for the replies - greatly appreciated!

    PrairieThunder13 -- yes that is it, you beat me to the punch on posting the pics as I just got back to the forum this morning!

    The owner seems legit (said he is the original owner, has all the case candy etc) and claims it's all original - but he also specifically said it was Sherwood Green so I assume he would be correct (vs. LPB)

    >>there is a shot of the neck plate and evidence of chips in the clear coat
    I noticed this as well and thought that maybe it was chipped first and then actually repainted, hence a refin...

    I want to believe it's all original but still a little nervous - a lot of money to spend on a refin!

    Any others want to chime in!? ...still investigating! :)
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2021
  9. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Hmmm, seeing the pics now, that's not a faded shade of anything. I still say refin. Other oddities, Fender didn't do blue lined cases. And that touch up by the neck plate, I mean, who has that color touch up paint on hand? Hmmmm
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  10. I have never seen that shade of green before and the chipped/paint repair at the plate is a red flag for me. Maybe the guy is genuine but I always think that if I bought it and for some reason down the line I had to move it on, would I have someone having the same doubts that you have?

    If I was thinking of buying I would be looking for the guy to remove the neck, scratchplate and see whats underneath there.
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  11. Smogcity


    May 12, 2016
    Los Angeles
    I'm still thinking if you pulled the pick guard you see blue where the sun hasn't hit it.

    I could be wrong because that's pretty green, but if I HAD to bet that's where my wager would be placed
  12. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    This is aged LPB from that era, no way the bass in question was LPB.


    Agree with the other posts this is either a refinish or some other non-stock fender finish offering.

    Does the owner have pictures of the neck pocket? Heel stamp/date code? Pickup/electronics cavities and pot/pickup codes?
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  13. Not a Fender color of any kind.
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  14. TaylorBoots


    Jan 14, 2017
    I've tried to reach him with no response as of yet - will keep you posted
  15. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Definitely doesn’t look like an original case.

    I’m also wondering when this bass was purchased in this condition. The tag shows $460 or $480. US catalog prices for 1970 are in the $300 range depending on finish options. What were Canadian prices in 1970? If this bass was bought second hand years later it would be very difficult to say it’s a stock finish.
  16. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    This is not Sherwood Green. And from the brightness, it's not an aged/yellowed to green color; I too have seen LPB that's dimmed down to dark forest green, and it's not anything like this. It could be a legit custom spray from Fender, or a weird one-off, but it's not Sherwood.
  17. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    i’d like to see the rest of that bass
  18. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    The body was refinished so it doesn’t really match.

    Looks like the guy selling the green bass in question posted it on Reddit to try to identify the color, there are a few more pictures in the post.

  19. refin
  20. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    LPB doesn't always age down to this color. Here's a few greens.




    Though, in this case, I feel like even if he did buy it 'new from the shop' it was maybe a refin right off the bad due to damage or whatever. That's just not a stock Fender color of that era or any era.
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