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'51s: pls educate on identifying OPB51s vs. later version

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rob S, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. I would really appreciate getting educated on this topic, and I thank anyone who replies in advance.

    How does one know when they are looking at the OPB51 '51 reissue bass versus the less expensive version?

    One specific question I have is: is the OPB51 (the more expensive version) actually marked somewhere as an OPB51? Is there any identifying markings/codes etc. that distinguishes one version from another?

    I know, more generally, that the colors are different and that the tuning pegs are different. The problem is, I have never seen either bass, much less the two together to contrast and compare.

    Thanks guys and gals.

    Rob S
  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Are you referring to Fender CIJ vs MIJ '51 P-bass RIs? More specifics, maker, year, etc., please?
  3. Yeah I'm not sure what he means either. They sold a CIJ version for years, discontinued it about a year ago. Right the only single coil option they offer (besides a Custom Shop) is the Squier.
  4. Thanks Jim. The problem is I don't even know. I started collecting Precisions this past August and I'm still learning. I have bought 40 or so in 6 months. I am shifting my attention to pre-'57 basses.

    So, I am after everything in the genre starting from original period instruments and the reissues. I can't find any comprehensive overview of the '51 reissues. I see them priced $400-$1700. There are different models/versions etc. but I can't find a good educational jumping-off point.

  5. I am not interested in Squires, just Fenders. I know about the MIJ/CIJ distinction, but how the '51 RIs are distributed under those periods I don't know about yet.
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