70s P-Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by register, Mar 12, 2003.

  1. register


    Mar 31, 2002
    How durable is an average 70s p-bass compared to a modern american series? thanks!
  2. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I own two 70's P-basses.
    There are good and bad basses from every year.
    But they are still, on the whole, better the fender Am. standard model.
    To me Fender has realy go down hill in Quality since1994.
  3. I have a 78 P-Bass. It's very solid. It's on the heavy side with a thick baseball bat type neck. I prefer to have a bass with some substance over a lighter weight one. Although, on long gigs, you start to feel it in the lower back. It's been holding up as my main bass for the last 20 years.
  4. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    I have a very nice all-original '72 and a couple of new Precisions.

    I like the '72, but it does not appear as sturdily built as my 2000 HRPB, for example. The bridge on the '72 is flimsier and not through-body, and the neck seems to be attached better with what appears to be a thicker neckplate and larger screws. I don't know what's left to be sturdy and durable besides that. Maybe the cast machine head bodies on the HRPB?

    There's also the issue of the graphite neck, though these are very different otherwise. The HRPB has a thinner neck and at least gives the impresson of being wider (I haven't taken time to measure them, though).

    Still, I prefer the '72 as a player. Go figure! :)