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59 vs 63 p bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by geddy402, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    Other than satisfying a fleeting feeling of GAS is there any reason to get a 59 maple or rosewood board precision bass? I have a 63 but feel the need for a late 50s p bass. Please talk me out of it! I really don't need to spend that of coin right now...

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  2. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    NICE BASS!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    if you feel the need and can swing it why are you asking instead of posting an NBD? i love my '63 and strangely enough the only Ps i'm really lusting for are others like it.
  4. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    The 59 would have a slab board. The 59 I had was the best of several Ps I had over the decades.
  5. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    I don't think there were other changes than the slab board in '63. If you like yours, why lust?
  6. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Because pre-CBS Fenders are sexy. Can't help it. :D
  7. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    This is why. Because I've heard that the 58-59 years are the best. Not to say anything against my 63, its a beast but its like looking at other women. Happy with what I have...but there's always the unknown/hype factor.
  8. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    They are the way the universe decided a bass should be.
  9. lexington125


    Sep 11, 2013
    hollywood, baby......
    someday I will find 4 or 5 other guys who want to play the blues the way it was played before it became all about guitar heroics
    not sure that 58-59 is "best" - but there is a big difference btw my '64 and my '61 (to be totally honest, I prefer the feel of the 64 for live playing, but the sound of the 61 for recording.) The necks changed a good deal from the first couple of years of rosewood to the later pre-cbs necks.

    No matter what anyone says about technology being far more advanced today, you can't deny the personal value many of us place on playing instruments that have nearly 60 years of history behind them. Imagine the money that someone would make if he could provide you with the detailed history of your '59 bass - where it was originally purchased, the years it spent in a Vegas lounge band before it was purchased by a hippie band in SF and the dozen times it was used at the Fillmore west. then it went to a commune in Oregon for 4 years before it was sold to a shop on 48th St in NYC and the bass spent the next 10 years on the punk / garage scene sharing the stage at CBGBs with everyone from the Ramones to Motorhead. And that was just your bass's first 25 years of history. Its not gonna happen, but that just means that we can all dream up our own histories for our old instruments.
  10. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Yeah the neck on the '59 will likely be a little thicker, the '63 neck flatter front to back.

    (Unlike the new Fender reissues which have the same neck thickness for both their '58 and '63 reissues.)
  11. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    My name is kesslari and I endorse this message.
  12. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Hey if you can swing it go for it!
  13. Easy8


    Sep 5, 2007
    Austin, Tx
    The neck on my 60 P is slightly different than Webtroll's 63, so there are some subtle differences.

    I think you'll regret it if you don't get it.
  14. OK, maybe you don't really *need* it,
    but you can't have too many P basses.

    Besides, you can always sell it.
  15. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    Thanks for the advice guys.

    Now do I go for maple or rosewood?

    There a cool looking 59 at Greg's Guitars, apparently the best bass they've ever had at Chelsea Guitars and a really clean one at Chicago Music Exchange. Anyone have experience with these dealers? Anyone played these particular basses?
  16. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    A little late to the party, but I'll try to talk you down. That bass you have, right there, is badass! You may, very well be the envy of several TB members...did it work? Try this one on for size..What are you gonna do with the '63? Put it under the bed?
  17. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    If Dan at Chelsea guitars says it's that good it probably is. Make him an offer, it's been there for ages.

    I played a 66 J there that was the finest J I had ever picked up, it played itself and was worn perfectly in all the right places, obviously played heavily and perfectly maintained for years. He gets a lot if pros through there.
  18. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012

    Cool thanks for the info. I always get a little concerned when it's been there for a long time. Especially if it is a great bass and cliental that have the coin to buy it.
  19. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I own an all original 59, and it's the bees knees! Don't look to me to try to talk you out of it!
  20. geddy402


    Jul 20, 2012
    That looks familiar! D bopp I've followed your nbd threads for a while. That is a good one. How much should I expect to pay for one? Looks like they're anywhere for $8500 to $12k.