59/62 hybrid p bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by geddy402, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    First I have a problem...I can't stop looking at vintage basses. I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of Deke Dickerson and his book "Strat in the Attic.". Lots of great stories of finding great guitars.

    Anyway, there's a p bass I found that has a refined 62 body and 59 neck, electronics and pickguard for $3500. Don't really have any more details than that based on the description.

    Is that a descent price? Seemed OK to me...but what do I know.
  2. SoLongJake

    SoLongJake Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2007
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Did you play it? You should definitely play it before you drop that much on an old bass. If you did play it and it "seemed ok". I wouldn't ever consider spending 3500 on a bass that was just ok.
  3. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    No, didn't play it. It's in NH and I'm in MD...

    Sent an email to get more details, so we'll see what happens. Not that I need another bass...especially after an expensive June and July...
  4. Gecko 5

    Gecko 5 Inactive Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 11, 2005
    South Milwaukee , Wisconsin
    Gecko Leatherworks
    I had the exact same problem. I told my wife, its my porn.
    I would look for hours at vintage Fenders.
    Finally getting one on Tuesday. 65 P :hyper::hyper:
  5. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    Congrats! It is pretty exciting, I can't stop playing my 63...which is why I have no need for another one...but still, would be cool to have that 59 neck...
  6. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    Any ideas on prices of hybrid pre CBS basses?
  7. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    I have a great 61. Refin but what a player
  8. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    Nice. Refins are great...I picked up a really nice refinished 64 jazz on the forum. It kills!

    So here's what I know....

    Refinish and assembly work done by Mike Endicott.

    There is no neck date (normal for 1959 and early 1960).*

    The pot code is 137-916 which equals 1959.*

    The neck has a tiny bit of relief, lowish action, and just a hint of a bump right at the end of the fingerboard

    The frets have modest wear, not sure if they're original.*

    Truss rod and it has play in both directions.

    So basically the only thing that is a 62 is the body and bridge.

    Also a pic. Its at Gary's in NH...anyone around there to try it out?

    Attached Files:

  9. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Some colors as my 61. Mine has original neck, body, bridge, pickup, pick guard, tuners, knobs, tugbar. Refin in white, over sprayed neck w replaced logo, pots, input jack. Just had the frets leveled and a newivory nut installed. Plays like a new bass
  10. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    Sounds like a good one!

    How does it stack up to your Sadowsky's? (looked at your profile)
  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    I'm sure this bass wouldn't let you down. The seller seems a reputable company. Boy, but that price sure makes me happy about the price i paid for my refin 62 jazz tho'.
  12. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    Sounds wise that will not let you down. Probably playability as well. Just know that is you ever decide to get rid of it you will take a huge hit on it. Old parts pieced together are not worth nearly as much separate. So a hybrid bass is only worth the value of the parts individually. So what I would do is do a bit of research on what each part has been selling for individually and that will give you an idea on how much it is worth. Hope this helps.
  13. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    I was thinking the same thing as far as return goes. But its the closest thing to a 59 I can get without forking over $8k. But we'll see...I'm not really in a great position to buy this either...so I'm basically just teasing myself.
  14. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    3500 seems a little high for a refin body and mismatched neck, tho the '59 neck sure sounds like it would be sweet to have. I suppose the way it plays, looks and sounds would make a huge difference as to whether it's worth that kind of scratch. Since it's neck, electronics and pickguard can we assume the hardware was swapped out?
  15. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    I think the only thing that is a 62 is the bridge and neck plate. Everything else is a 59...pups, wiring, neck, tuners, etc.
  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    You know you can get a '59 P for less, one that hasn't been refinished. You will have to look around pretty hard and maybe wait for the right one though.
  17. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    Yeah I saw that one. Great deal based on what dealers want. Not sure how rare it is for something like that to pop up. Maybe I'll just hold out and save up some money.