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Any '78 Walnut P-Bass Love ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Texsunburst59, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. I just picked up this '78 Fender Walnut P-Bass w/ original case. The things that have been changed out are the tuners to Schallers, the pickups to Mitey Mites, and the pickguard to a black annodized pickguard. I got a Killer deal on this private sale from a very desperate and motivate seller. The new year is starting out awesome.:)

    Here's some pics:

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  2. mindwell

    mindwell Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    Acoustic USA endorser
    Real nice!
  3. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    These aren't actual Walnut are they. It looks great.
  4. Southpaw5


    Jul 18, 2009
    It could be the light, but it looks more like a root beer finish to me. Still looks great!
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I had a '76. Great basses. Mine was heavy as crap and the neck would pull towards Earth like a bag of bricks. But I wish I had it back because it sounded great.
  6. Thanks guys. I thought this color was Walnut. I've also heard them called Root Beer, Mocha. I guess I need to be corrected on the proper name of the color.:)
  7. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings
    Those basses are one of my favorites. I remember seeing them in 1980 and I loved the maple neck. I also remember seeing the Bullet Boys bassist playing one.
    I would try to find the original pickups and tuners thou. I guess I am just like the original setup myself.
    Great catch!
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  8. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    North DFW, TX
    I believe it's called Mocha Brown. The wood is ash. Very nice!
  9. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    don't worry if you end up being allergic to nuts, root beer, or caffeine; i'm sure a lot of people would want this cool bass, congrats
  10. For the longest I thought this color was officially called mocha but lately I've been told it's walnut. Still not 100%.
  11. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Well, I'm not the voice of expertise, but based on all of the color charts I've seen, and I've seen several from the 70s era, Walnut is indeed the only official color that resembles this one. I have an early '76 FL that is clearly brown and wood-grained, but I have seen several that appear much more metallic and opaque - the root beer or mocha that some refer to. My guess is that, like many other things 70s Fender, there was substantial variation in the paint as it ended up being applied. So, one color - walnut - with several variations.
  12. Very Nice!
  13. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Beautiful. Does the G ever come off the edge? The alignment is kinda off.
  14. Thrash3r


    Aug 5, 2013
    Cool bass, looks like the neck needs shifting though, that G string looks very close to the edge of the fretboard.
  15. I'm taking it next week to get it set up by my local guitar tech. I noticed that too. I'll get him to give it the once over that correct all the stuff that's not right. I know it needs a little TLC. It may have been neglected for some time.
  16. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Nice score! I have a walnut/alder bodied fretless P I built from 70's parts. Here's a pic of my "walnut" finish P, the body is a '75. If yours is a walnut P the color had changed quite a bit by '78. JOHNNYSMOKEBuffaloNYwaterfront8-19-13102.
  17. I found this on google. I just assumed it was correct as far as the years the Walnut color was produced. I looks like Walnut ran from '74-'79 as per this chart.

  18. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Audio Mike Lull Custom Guitars Gallien Krueger amplification Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups
    So its just a color not a wood?

    Cool none the less...Just curious because if it was wood there should be a resonant frequency difference (tone).
  19. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Yes just a color, Fender did bodies in alder and ash in the walnut color.
  20. Yes she is a beauty! I also have a '78 Precision. Chunky maple neck, all orig. Mine never leaves the house any more. Good luck with that walnut bass!