66 P Bass???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Spinal Tapper, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Seems really inexpensive to me...


    I'm a bit hesitant to buy because I live in Chicago and this bass is in MN. I'm looking for a player's bass with a good amount of wear that I could keep for decades - not a quick turnaround sale.

    What do you guys think?
  2. I think that price is pretty much at or below the low end of the spectrum as far as 60's P deals, not so low that it's unbelieveable(almost, though). If it were within 100 miles & I had the funds, I'd go check it out
  3. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    It seems about right for that condition, and especially since this buyer really wants to sell.
  4. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    My problem is it's about 500 miles to MN. I'm trying to email the guy for his phone number to I can actually talk to him over the phone. Kinda scary just buying something over the net without checking it out.
  5. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    Well, I live in MN. I'm an appreciator, but not a collector, of vintage basses. I don't have a firm grasp on values, but $2500 doesn't seem all that inexpensive to me considering the wear, the previous body repair, the non-original knobs and the painted case. Also, if it's a '66, then it IS a CBS-era, which are generally considered not as great.

    I wouldn't shell out that type of money for this bass without more pictures - specifically the date stamps on the heel of the neck and the neck pocket, and some good closeups of the backs of the volume and tone pots. Maybe a picture of the pickup with the cover off, too.

    I would offer to meet the seller and look at the bass for you (really, I would!), but I have gigs this weekend and then I'm going into the hospital on Monday for a total hip replacement. :hyper:

    If you're really interested, please PM me and I'm sure I can line up someone who will help you out here in MN.

    Good luck - Scott
  6. Perhaps there's a more local TBer that could check it out?
  7. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Scott, that's really awesome. Thanks for the offer to go check the bass out/find someone to help me out. The only person in MN i know is my cousin, but he's not a musician or a collector by any means, so I wouldn't ask him to go there.

    I'm really into beat up vintage Fenders, so cosmetically, it's everything I'm looking for. I have emailed the guy for more pics and asked a few questions. Hopefully he gets back to me soon.
  8. Looks good to me. Great value assuming it's genuine. IMHO pre-CBS is more important for Jasses than Precisions. It wouldn't stop me.

  9. tjclem

    tjclem Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    My '66 J has oval tuners I thought all 66's did. I may be wrong though......t
  10. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    I've never seen a P-bass with the ovals, they were for the Jazz basses. :)
  11. tjclem

    tjclem Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  12. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Looks right to me. Tug bar is missing as well. Can't see if the holes are there for it in the pics.

    Definitly on the low end of the price scale, but given the repair and condition, I'd say that's still a more than fair price.
  13. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    Sounds about right to me, especially given the state of the economy. I don't even know if I'd call that a "quick sale" price without more proof of the condition. Get pics of the pots, pickup, neck stamp, etc, and SOUND CLIPS before you make the trip. Ah, bass buying... gotta love it :)
  14. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Need some high res pics of all the pieces.
    Also with the p/g off.

    I would take scottbass up on his offer:
    "If you're really interested, please PM me and I'm sure I can line up someone who will help you out here in MN."
  15. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Spare neck = Red Flag, IMHO.

    I would want to see and play the "original neck" mounted on the bass with strings under full tension. Who buys a neck to save frets? Umm....right, NO ONE, especially someone with a relic.

    Extreme new weird wear on top extending under pickguard = Red Flag Returns. IMHO.

    Sorry--gonna need to see what's under the "Kimono," so to speak.

    Very low price = Red Flag, the movie.
    All IMHO.

    Advice: find another reason to visit the Twin Cities right away and stay with your cousin. Play it and bring cash. Road Trip!
  16. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Well he hasn't hit me back, so either he sold it or he bailed...oh well. Perhaps it wasn't meant to be.
  17. matskull


    Jun 5, 2006
    I hate when people with something to sell don't answer messages.
    I found a practice local that seemed to be great at a good price, a band wanted to share it with another band, I emailed the guy and he answered a couple times and then when I was readdy to go visit and probably tell him we'd take it he didn't answer.
    I called him, he said yeah yeah I was busy I'll get back to you with some pics and never came cack, also he seemed to be an ******* over the phone, so it's probably a good thing that we're not sharing their local with them otherwise I might have play with my gear and stuff like that...
  18. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    I know! People like that aren't worth dealing with!

    Here I am sitting at my computer, waiting, money in hand, ready to make a very risky purchase with the only thing I'm hanging on is whether or not to trust this guy and what does he do? Not answer me back...lame :rollno:

    Probably wasn't worth it anyways.
  19. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    The seller must be an import! Native Minnesotans bend over backwards to answer all our emails!

    Actually, you just started trying to contact the seller yesterday, right? Well, we are in one of our rare periods of non-blizzard weather right now and everyone who doesn't have a stuck-at-work job is spending every possible minute outdoors - without our parkas! And it's also Minneapolis Aquatennial time - our summer celebration. I'm sure the seller will read his emails and get back to you when he or she comes back indoors for a few minutes.
  20. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    If you're looking for a '66 P-Bass, I came across this on bassgear.com. Sorry, I had to do a cut and paste of the ad, because you can't link right to the ad....only to the bassgear.com website.

    FOR SALE: 1966 Fender Precision Bass
    Posted: : 06/23/2008
    Category: Basses
    Condition: Good
    Age: 42 Years
    Asking Price: $3,500.00

    1966 Fender Precision bass. Sunburst with rosewood board. Well worn, honest player wear. All original with the exeception of the pickups which are dated 1978. Purchased from the original owner who bought it in 1967. OHSC in excellent condition. Has both covers, original sales receipt, and original inventory tag.
    Lightweight, 7.5 lbs. Has the quintesential fat "Jamerson" tone. Nice straight neck. Currently strung with flatwounds... It'll make you cry and smile (at the same time) every time you play it. This is a good one. Pics available to serious buyers. Cashiers check or money orders only. No trades. NO PAYPAL. No Foreign sales. Buyer pays shipping.

    FULL NAME: Sherman Leibowitz
    PHONE: 414-228-7701 x441
    CITY, STATE: Milwaukee, WI
    EMAIL: [email protected]
    SEE PICTURE: http:// Email for pics

    I have no affiliation with the seller (although we're both from Wisconsin...Go Pack!). He sent me some pics and it looks like it has been played, but it's a cool looking bass...and very reasonably priced. I decided to pass because I need a B neck...which means I'll probably have to find something a little newer (late 60's early 70's). FWIW