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American Vintage '63 P Bass with an A-Neck

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jeff Bonny, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    I just bought a new American Vintage '63 P Bass with an A-Neck. Quite an amazing instrument and I'm starting to think a unique one. All the specs I can find on this bass says C-Neck and the other two hanging on the wall at L&M both have C-Necks. I can't find any evidence that this bass should exist with an 1 1/2" nut. Anyone know know the story?...have an educated guess?...a creative line of BS?

  2. marc40a


    Mar 20, 2002
    Boston MA
    Did you buy new or used?

    Think it got swapped at some point?
  3. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Brand new from an authorized dealer. The guy who sold it to me unpacked a few days ago and that's the way it came from Fender. He hadn't noticed it until I did and was as surprised as I was.
  4. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Oh My! Sonic blue goodness me!
  5. wow, very cool goof! i'd be all over that...
  6. droskobass


    Oct 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    Former Part-Time, Non-Commission Employee MOOG Audio
    I came across an American standard jazz bass new in store that had a P bass width neck. it's rare but what you have is an error why it happens is a mystery, but very very very rarely basses like this get out of the factory..
  7. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    Very cool. Someone grab the wrong neck at the factory.
    There is no option for a 1.5" neck.
    I like the standard C P- neck on mine. Also Sonic Blue.
    That's a keeper.
  8. Eric66


    Sep 23, 2013
    The Netherlands
    I would return it immediately.
  9. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    What is difference between an A and C neck?
  10. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    A = 1.5" at the nut. C = 1.75"
  11. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    There is no possible way this is a 'mistake'. They new it had a C width neck when if passed through Q/C and they just let it go out that way figuring plenty of players like this neck shape. You know how many sets of hands this bass passed through at the Fender factory before they shipped it out? I mean think about it!
  12. It happens, a while back there, before the new AVRI basses were announced, there was a '58-'64 AVRI telecaster on ebay. The body of a '58 (blonde ash) with the neck of a '64 (veneer rosewood), came from the factory like that. Human error, it happens.
  13. Cool mistake, although I believe you can have an American Standard built this way too if you order one at the factory tour. But I don't know about an AV.
  14. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    I was saying the same thing to someone a few minutes ago...there's no way someone didn't notice at the factory. The guy who signed off on it must have let it go that way knowing it would give someone like me a major thrill. Thinking about it more though it most likely started as a mistake. These things are really period correct and an A-neck P wasn't a factory option until what, the early '70's?
  15. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    It's kinda like an easter egg on your favorite DVD or something.
  16. revlimitbounce

    revlimitbounce Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Don't think for a second that Fender doesn't make mistakes in manufacturing. They do, and frequently. Sometimes they work out well for the buyer, sometimes not. Factories are factories.
  17. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    Maybe a couple a guys working late one night decided it would be funny to slap a J bass neck on a P bass...point is, we'll never know for sure.
  18. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Today their control is tighter, but back then it wasn't. One of my first basses have a deep V profile on it (I had this bass around 80-82 or so and it was well used even then). I spoke to Chip Todd about it and he said that the V neck wasn't intentional but rather the guy who would rough sand the necks sometimes would get heavy handed resulting in that profile. With that in mind it wouldn't surprise me if a P neck was over sanded, or if they were low on P necks that they wouldn't put a J neck on a bass to meet an order.
  19. svtb15

    svtb15 Banned

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig. Q+
    This might be a collector piece in 26 years
  20. denton57

    denton57 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Sweet! I would be giddy.

    I can play a C, B, or A neck, but prefer a B or A. I'd be excited at how rare it is, plus I LOVE these Sonic Blue P's!

    Sell it to me here in about 6 months :)

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