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20 fret 1976 P bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Peter Schofield, May 15, 2018.


  1. Peter Schofield

    Peter Schofield

    Jan 4, 2016
    Hi folks - hope someone can advise me?

    I recently picked up a 2nd hand 76 P, all body /neck / pot stamped correctly as far as I can tell, but I collected it from my Lutheirs today who’d been fitting a hip shot extender, new strings etc and was surprised for him to inform me that it has only 20 frets.

    I really hadn’t noticed when I bought it believe it or not, as I didn’t realise they exist !

    I’ve trying to research online and can’t find out anything about it so I’m wondering what on earth I’ve actually bought?

    Any input would be greatly received
     
  2. They were all 20 frets. More than 20 frets did not happen until the famous boner bass on a Precision, IIRC.
     
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  3. Peter Schofield

    Peter Schofield

    Jan 4, 2016
    Thanks for the reply.

    Maybe I misinterpreted him? He said it was a short scale and I counted the frets on my CS Jazz as that was to hand and assumed he meant the P had a fret less.

    Was there a short-scale bass from that era?
     
  4. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    20 frets is standard.

    Do you have a yardstick or tape measure? Standard Fender Precision basses measure about 34" from the bridge saddles to the nut. Generally medium scale is defined as 32" and short scale as 30".

    Post photos of the bass if you want help identifying it. ;)
     
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  5. Phud

    Phud

    Jul 2, 2017
    Ohio
    Fender Music Master mid 60's to 1980, Mustang, 1966-1981, The Bronco bass was in there somewhere. All 30" scale.
    The Squire line has reissued these from time to time.​
     
  6. Peter Schofield

    Peter Schofield

    Jan 4, 2016
    58ABFFCB-E114-4632-A112-61706A93E20B. 77909A0C-C51D-4105-BA43-0957381B75F5. FEC57ED7-F333-4B8E-BDB7-38F65951F303. DC78325E-4775-4839-B09A-FCEB4C156482. ADA40977-7D93-465F-81AE-F69D33F3339E. 49D421A5-56A4-4511-AF14-52776017B2D8. 26588663-4CC5-4851-A3FA-9B101583EE83. 9837A424-0E2E-42F9-8D54-2C595AFCC394. E205ADC5-F021-4271-887F-7547449043A0. 37492E4D-9EE8-40F9-9CA5-7E0FE2521301.
     
  7. Yup. That’s a standard P.
     
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  8. Peter Schofield

    Peter Schofield

    Jan 4, 2016
    Just found the seller’s photos and posted them. I’ll take a measure to the bass in the morning - thanks for your advice
     
  9. Peter Schofield

    Peter Schofield

    Jan 4, 2016
    Perhaps I need to change my luthier then :)
     
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  10. Maybe just a misunderstanding. Nice bass, btw.
     
  11. Nice bass. I'm partial to Black & Maple.
     
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  12. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Cary, Il
    What does this have to do with anything in this thread?
     
  13. Phud

    Phud

    Jul 2, 2017
    Ohio
    MisterFabulous said:
    They were all 20 frets. More than 20 frets did not happen until the famous boner bass on a Precision, IIRC.
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    Thanks for the reply.

    Maybe I misinterpreted him? He said it was a short scale and I counted the frets on my CS Jazz as that was to hand and assumed he meant the P had a fret less.

    Was there a short-scale bass from that era?

    Report
     
  14. The shortscale Fenders had 19 frets
     
  15. Peter Schofield

    Peter Schofield

    Jan 4, 2016
    Yep, 34 inches so standard then. Panic over and I will ask the luthier what on earth he was on about!

    Thanks everyone for your comments and help.

    Cheers

    Pete
     
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    This is one bizarre thread.
     
  17. Peter Schofield

    Peter Schofield

    Jan 4, 2016
    Yes, apologies Jimmy, I’m down the studio today and my other p bases, of course, all have 20 frets. I’d just never counted them and my guitar chap saying the ‘76 was short scale wound me up that I’d bought a pup.
     
  18. Tune in next week for another thrilling version of Standard Bass. Season 1 Episode 2. "OMG! My Jazz Bass has two pickups!!!" :roflmao:
     
  19. Peter Schofield

    Peter Schofield

    Jan 4, 2016
    Yeah yeah, hands up - I was being dumb :)
     
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  20. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Please report back on what your luthier says he meant. I'm not sure I'd want him touching my bass.
     
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