For Sale/Trade 1983 Fender USA Precision - Price Drop

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by JDA04OSU, Sep 6, 2021.


  1. JDA04OSU

    JDA04OSU Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    Columbus, OH
    Price:
    1500
    Strings:
    4
    Location:
    Ohio
    Country:
    United States
    Last price drop to $1500. If it doesn’t sell, I may just time capsule it for a few more years!

    1983 Fender Precision bass in excellent condition, super clean for its nearly 40 year life. Previous owner stated this is all original. I can confirm the neck stamp dates to 3/30/83. The pots, if I’m interpreting correctly, date to 1982. The body does not have a date marking. The pick guard is stamped with “J. Torres” whose name appears on many Fenders of this era.

    This P bass comes from an era when production was done in Fullerton, CA. It features the vintage 1.75” nut width, which was too much for me to adapt to, having played predominantly Jazz width necks for years now. It is strung with Rotosound 77 Jazz Flats and plays/sounds very smooth. Weight was 10.1 lbs on a bathroom scale.

    Cosmetically, there is some minor swirling. There are a couple of superficial scratches and a very small scuff toward the back/bottom of the bass. These blemishes are generally difficult to see unless angled correctly in bright lighting. There appears to be some discoloration of the side dots. There are no significant chips, dings, or dents and no deep scratches.

    The bass comes in a generic tweed hard shell case with red lining. The case is in good condition, but not as clean as the bass itself. All latches work. No key included.

    Editing trade considerations one more time… really want to net some cash on the deal, so I’d consider:

    MIM Fender P + cash
    G&L Tribute LB-100 or Kiloton + cash


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    Last edited: Oct 5, 2021
  2. Craig Phillips

    Craig Phillips Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    Sacramento, Calif.
    My first bass:)
     
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  3. JDA04OSU

    JDA04OSU Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    Columbus, OH
    Nice! Literally this bass? Or just same year, color, etc?
     
  4. Craig Phillips

    Craig Phillips Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    Sacramento, Calif.
    No just same year and color.
     
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  5. JDA04OSU

    JDA04OSU Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    Columbus, OH
    A few pics validating original components…

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  6. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Go Bucks!
     
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  7. JDA04OSU

    JDA04OSU Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    Columbus, OH
    Because it came up in a PM, I should add that this bass has the micro-tilt neck feature, hence the silver disk pictured above with the neck removed. Maybe others can chime in about how common this was for P basses of the era (was it the norm or the exception?). I just know I was able to Google it and find that others have reported the same system on their ‘83 Precisions. Seems like it was more common on Jazz basses. A couple more pics for clarification.

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  8. dusterdan70

    dusterdan70 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2014
    So Cal
    This was standard on the 83+ “Standard” Dan Smith-era Fullerton made precisions. Phenomenal basses all the way around, GLWTS!!!
     
  9. natebass0722

    natebass0722 Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    Ugh, this is my birth year!
     
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