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1971 Fretless Fender Precision

Discussion in 'For Sale: Europe & International' started by wateroftyne, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Hi all

    (This post will be updated with more pics and recordings when I can get somewhere light enough to do it justice! If anyone wants pics of anything specific, let me know.)

    It's going to be a real wrench to sell this - we've had lots of adventures together, but needs must. £1600... I don't have a case, so at the moment it's UK collection / meet halfway only. I'm near Newcastle upon Tyne.

    1971 factory fretless Fender Precision, 3-tone 'burst, faded to 2-tone on the front. Comes with ashtrays. The neck is a beautifully grained bit of rosewood. It's light.. around 8.6lbs, I think. Elongated 'g' screw on the bridge.

    What isn't original:

    The original pots and wiring went AWOL a while ago, after I put a Raven Labs PBR-1 in there (no routing required). I put them somewhere REALLY secure, and now I can't find them. They're in the house somewhere, but I have no idea where... I'll probably find them in 15 years' time. Yes, I'm an idiot.

    The pots and jack in there now are Fender/CTS 250K pots (couple of years old), a 0.047 capacitor and a quality jack socket. The PBR-1 isn't included.

    The pickup and knobs themselves are original. The pickgard screws are replacements. Some of the strap screws, etc. may have been swapped over time - I can't remember!

    The nut is a replacement, and one of the washers on the tuners is a replacement.

    What is original:

    ...everything else!

    The neck is stamped FEB 71 B, and the neck pocket has a Torres stamp.

    I have no case for this, so I'm not keen to post it at the moment. Collection only, or I could meet somewhere.

    Here's some pics from a while ago when it still had some red in the 'burst.




    ...and here's a pic with a recent replacement neck (as I didn't want to spoil the original with roundwounds) which shows how it's faded to 2-tone:


    Needless to say it sounds great.. big and fat. Here's a live recording of it, with flatwounds:

    Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox - Ramblin' Rover (LIVE) - Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth, 2007 - YouTube

    Here's another with half-rounds:

    Lindisfarne - Winter Song - The Bass Part. Kind of. - YouTube

    And here's a little video tour of it:

    1971 Fretless Fender Precision - YouTube

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