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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by clavo, Mar 19, 2009.
I guess my question is.. Did Fender produce 3/4 scale Precisions?
Yes, they made a shorter scale P in Japan back in the '80s for a few years. You see them on Ebay once in a while. Also I think one of the earliest "Bullet" basses was a USA short/medium scale P.
Thnig is, I saw one today and the owner stated Fender produced 3/4 Precisions for awhile back in the day. Couldn't find any on-line facts, thus the Talkbass inquiry.
Any idea of the general $$ range in today's bass market?
Depends on the condition, but I see them go in the neighborhood of $500. (The US one might go for more depending on condition.)
my brother has an american made bullet guitar...cream in color....excellent condition...i hear they are somewhat rare
I believe the answer is No. The Bullet Bass was 32" scale (medium). I am not aware that Fender ever produced a 30" scale P-bass. They recently had a "Precision Bass Jr." that I believe was 28-3/4" scale (discontinued).
I'm not sure that Fender ever made a production 3/4 Precision. They made 32 inch scale on is the 80s. I think some of you may be thinking of that. But I'm not an expert.
Previous thread on the subject:
The thing is that "3/4 scale" is widely used to mean any shorter scale bass, not just 30".
28.59". I'd love to find one but they all seem to have dropped off the face of the earth.
I believe a shop near me has one or two in-stock. I can check when I go there tomorrow if you're interested.
Right on man. Usually when I see a bass referred to as 3/4 scale they seem to be 30".
Definitely interested, thanks. Also see if they'd be adverse to shipping them.
Edit: Other than the small body size they have only a volume knob, no tone control, and they were available in red or black.
Fender made at least one.
My SX P style model with a few modifications.
That is and is not correct, Dave. Here is a Bullet bass that is a 30" scale, however, although it has p-like pickups, it is similar to a mustang body.
Here's a link
Go to the basses page and it's on there.
The price is high but I can vouch for the owner's honesty. I've known Bart for many years, and played in his band earlier this decade, until I moved from Houston.
If he says the guitar is in as great of condition, you can believe that.
3/4 scale would be 25.5". That's just short of a Stratocaster guitar! (Take the 34" standard Fender long-scale and multipy by 0.75).
They made some basses with a 30" scale (most commonly called "short-scale) and some with a 32" scale (most commonly called "medium scale"). The Music Master, Mustang, short-scale Bullet were all 30". The Stu Hamm Urge was (is? if they still make it) 32". I do recall the shorter sized MIJ Precision, but I thought it was 32", but I'm probably wrong on that one.
But the only bass I've ever heard "3/4" being used is when refering to a double bass (upright, bass viol, doghouse, string bass...)
A US made Bullet?
I'd have to see that to believe it.
In the case of Bullet and Squier, Fender had no reason to make those brands in the US- It's not like they were ever established guitar brands before Fender acquired or created the name.
Here you go:
(not my auction)
In the John Entwistle Bass Collection book, he has two of them; sunburst with rosewood fretboards. No other information other then the serial numbers and a picture. Actual fender Ps that look like they've been squished, kinda like a short scale SX P.