1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to post, make friends, earn reward points at our store, remove most ads and more!  
     
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Ashtrays on P basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DigTheBackBeat, Dec 12, 2013.


  1. DigTheBackBeat

    DigTheBackBeat

    Dec 10, 2013
    Hi all:

    First timer! Wish I could just spend my day reading through this forum, but....

    OK, I have my eye on what APPEARS to be a late 70s lefty P Bass body only. There is an "F" neckplate without a number on it (appears aged about right in pix). But my concern is I thought all Fenders from that period had ashtrays. This one doesn't have screw holes and it doesn't appear that they were filled in either.

    Did all P basses come with ashtrays standard?

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. ukulelelab

    ukulelelab

    Apr 14, 2013
    Yep I would expect any original late 70's p to have screw holes for ashtrays
     
  3. DigTheBackBeat

    DigTheBackBeat

    Dec 10, 2013
    Hmmmm....not what I was hoping to hear. I did buy the body. I got it at a pretty good price. I am going to put a Squier Mod Vintage Maple neck on it. The who deal will be under $300. So if it is a 70's Fender I did great. If not, it is still a beautiful bass, maybe Japanese lawsuit. and hopefully still a player.

    I will add pix when I receive it over the weekend.

    As an aside, it is lefty in a pretty rare color. Is it possible (I guess anything is possible) a lefty could have been special ordered sans ashtrays? And second, what year did Fender stop adding them as standard? Maybe it is newer than I think it is.
     
  4. An 'F'-stamped P-bass ashtray?! PICS PLEASE!

    EDIT: Sorry I read wrong... :( I'm still hoping one such a thing is out there, somewhere...

    From what I've heard, basses shipped with chrome covers until the mid-early 80's. Not sure, though.
     
  5. DigTheBackBeat

    DigTheBackBeat

    Dec 10, 2013
    Mid-early 80's? If that is the case I'll take it! I'll open it when I get it. Maybe there are some clues in the cavity.