Bought one of my dream basses today

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thedudebrah, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. My band left for a little weekend tour today and we stopped for our guitar player to get some strings. I went in to browse, and there on the wall was a 1974 P all original with a maple neck and a natural finish. I had to have it.

    The sales guy threw in a set of fresh strings and I restrung it and gave it a quick set up in the van. I just got done our set with it and it plays KILLER. It makes me want to sell some other basses and only use this one.

    Here's some quick iPhone pics. I need to take better ones when I get home. Both the headstock and the body and heavily checked with some wear on the forearm cut, but it doesn't show up in these pics.


    And stupid me holding it in the van
  2. Rosebud


    Jan 3, 2007
    One of mine as well (dream bass) that is congrats!
  3. I forgot to mention that this thing is heavy. I'd venture a guess at the high side of 12lbs. Which is great for me because I adore heavy basses.
  4. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009

    It's a beauty. :bassist:
  5. That bass is handsome.
  6. 1960jbass

    1960jbass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2013
    Berwick, PA
    I have a 78 and that thing weighs!!! But it is my all time favorite bass. You'll have made a good choice. Enjoy!!!
  7. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Congrats !
  8. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    noice :bassist:
  9. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    NICE!!!:thumbup :)
  10. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Looks amazing. Some of my favorite necks ever.
  11. The neck is a baseball bat. From what I can tell, the frets are original and there is tons of meat left on them.
  12. Little bump. Played this thing all weekend on a mini tour. I think I've found "the one". It's inspiring me to really thin the herd. I had two other basses with me and I didn't even think about them. This was my go to.

    I'm going to open it up and get some more pictures later today. However, when tweaking the neck, I've already noticed that the holes for the neck are stripped out. The screws still hold, but I'd like to repair the holes with some small dowels for a tighter fit.

    I also noticed no date stamp on the heel or in the pocket. Is this normal for early 70s fenders?
  13. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Enjoy that!
    My 72 weighs about 10lbs, and has a "A" neck. I wish it was a "C" neck, but, there ya go.
  14. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    this pic says it all! (Finding that dream girl on tour...and then she gets in the van with you...:hyper:)

    That is how I feel every time I have my 72 P!

    We should ALL get to feel like this when it comes to what we do
  15. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I've had my '72 since '74...I can't tell you haw many shows I've done with it.
    Complete road dog.

  16. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    yes!...more 72 P bass pron!

    And there is something about the maple 70's necks....
  17. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    Once upon a time (probably around 1985) I owned a twin to that bass...and you're right, it's damn heavy.
  18. I wouldn't use dowels, I'd get a plug cutter and match the wood/grain.

    I did this recently but I stuck an octagonal piece of wood in a drill press and used a sanding block to make it round. Fit perfectly, but I made it a tiny bit wedge shaped so that you could hit it in with some glue.

    Don't drill into endgrain!!!
  19. Chef, that 72 is a beaut. Natural finishes on Fenders are stunning.
  20. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    ...I've always suspected you were the guy on the right...

    Nice score, 70s had the best decal; good to see a heavy one going to a guy who likes heavy ones. It is a shame when people own a great vintage and don't take it out for whatever reason.