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99.9% original '52 Precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by My name is Mudd, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Beauty of a bass. I'd need gut shots and proper disassembled body/neck pics if I were a potential buyer, just for further verification.

    But it bugs me that they're selling vintage instruments and don't even know how to spell "Tadeo Gomez" name.....

    If you like old P Basses, here is a site with some nice old ones that I've photographed and compiled :) http://blackguard1952.webs.com/
  2. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    That would likely be the first that I'd buy after winning the lottery...

    But not the last.

  3. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Nice bass. They lost me with this: "We begin with the Wikipedia review..."

    Done; out.
  4. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Too clean?
  5. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    $ 20,000.00 ????:eek:

    nice bass ...
  6. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    That's lovely.
  7. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Ground wire changed...BAH!
    I could NEVER buy that, it's not 100% original. (sniffs cork).

    I bet the strings were even changed a couple of times.

    "it can never be played...NEVER!" You've seen enough of that one...
  8. Rosebud


    Jan 3, 2007
    strings changed? I thought those thing's came tuned from the factory
  9. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    I was wondering about that, too. Man, it looks like that thing not only didn't get played much, but also didn't age the way I'd expect. Maybe it was a closet queen..?

    Back in 1976 I bought a box of parts that used to be a '57 P, less the original pup. The body had already been refin'd, but you could sure tell from the wear spots and checking on the neck that the thing had been around the block.
  10. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    I think I'd want George Gruhn's opinion first for that kind of price.
  11. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Man, if I only had a spare $20K lying around....
  12. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    That bass (assuming it's original) might have sold for $20k in 2005. Not today.
  13. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    WAY too clean. With the rare exception of a real-deal "closet classic" with some kind of bizarre back story, really good instruments tend to end up in the hands of real players and get played * and one this old should have thousands upon thousands of hours of being played under its belt by now ... the uber broken-in/mojo incurred by such long term heavy usage is one of the primary advantages of getting an old instrument. There's an excellent chance that it's not that great a player and/or doesn't sound as good as it should. Even if it's not a lemon, instruments generally respond poorly to not getting played. Then, the question is ... what do you do with a $20,000 bass?

    * At least, up until about 1975 when iconic basses like this were just "used basses" and weren't yet anointed "Holy Grail" status by the advent of the vintage instrument market.
  14. Ronbo256


    Oct 20, 2013
    I agree, way too clean. Something doesn't' add up, at least to me. It is in a storefront in Staten Island NY so someone could actually go look at it. Some day, I will actually make it into Gruhn's, it's only 3.5 hours from my house. I've been promised I can play the '60 Les Paul if I ever make the trip. Like I could afford $135K for my dream guitar!
  15. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Not the first time a stupid-clean slab body P Bass showed up. A few years ago another 52-53 like it popped up by the son who's mon and dad had a country band, and his mom was the bassist who bought it new. Gentle hands and not treating it like a guy would kept it in incredible condition.
    And then the sunburst 55-56 that surfaced, also a lady owned and also clean.
  16. matti777


    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    Shouldn't there be some deterioration in the finish just from age/sitting?
  17. Somehow, the description lead me to think that this was the case.
  18. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    You're not really supposed to leave a guitar or electric bass- especially one worth tens of thousands- lying around with no strings on it. Hope they have the truss rod FULLY loosened.