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C'mon Fender...put this back into production!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by boristhespider7, Dec 1, 2016.


  1. boristhespider7

    boristhespider7

    Jan 27, 2008
    UK
    C'mon Fender put the '51 back in production! Its the Grand Father of the P basses, one of the pioneer basses. Its part of your P bass heritage. The MIJ 51 has been out of production for some years, even the Squier CV50 is out of production. The custom shop Dusty Hill was the only vaguely 51'ish bass in the catalogue recently, which has also recently ceased (won't be missing that one). The only other options are a Custom Warmoth build or a US Lakland...why no Fender?

    Give me '51 slab body of pure translucent yellow, that bee-ish colour scheme, a single coil PU, those querky 2 saddle bridges. drool

    51 P.

    Or at least a Squier version of it, but with the vintage correct bridge, like you did on the Squier Telecaster bass

    Squier CV 50.
     
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  2. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers

    Nov 26, 2016
    What was the scale length on those?

    I had a dream about a bass with a telecaster body a while back. If they made one with a 30 inch scale I would consider it.
     
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  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    If it had a 30" neck, the scale would have to be about 40" or more.
     
  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    34" scale.

    The one thing I would suggest is the '54 body (like on the Squier). Having built a clone of the '51, I can tell you not having the body contouring on top makes it less comfortable.
     
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I learned on a '54 and have to agree.
     
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  6. msb

    msb

    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I don't need no girlie contours .
     
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  7. Josh-305

    Josh-305

    Nov 8, 2014
    Fantastic bass, I'm lucky enough to own a CIJ one.
    Ps, it's a 34" scale
     
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  8. Pocket4

    Pocket4 Supporting Member

    Dec 9, 2013
    New Hampshire
    Yes, it is time. Bring the reissue single coil P Bass.
     
  9. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Have you ever played one?
     
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  10. Ghastly

    Ghastly

    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    I agree. I want one of thee and keep looking at the occasional MIJ on ebay.
     
  11. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I have owned a few slab basses makes no difference to me.
     
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  12. boristhespider7

    boristhespider7

    Jan 27, 2008
    UK
    I could do either the slab or the '54 contoured, i'll take either please :)
     
  13. boristhespider7

    boristhespider7

    Jan 27, 2008
    UK
    BTW, here's the Squier "telecaster" bass i was referring to with the vintage correct bridge...must be cheap to make these. This was the Squier Vintage Modified precision bass TB...again no longer produced :rollno: Be good to have a 70's Tele bass made too but thats for another thread!

    Fender Squier VM precision bass tb.
     
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  14. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Actually, that one is the muck up = 50s bridge with 70s pup.
     
  15. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
  16. I had a Sting bass for a while - it was ok, just not my thing. Much prefer a Jazz neck and a pair of Jazz pickups - but the single coil P sounded good.

    Companies like Fender need to "create demand" by making a vacuum. Stop production of a particular model for a few years until all the NOS are gone and the price of used ones start going up as people want the model but can't get it, then bring the model back under a different series with a higher price tag - say a MIM Roadworn '51 P with a $1,100 selling price.

    Fender has a LOT of variation in their models to choose from - just cycle through every few years. Profit!
     
  17. Fortunately, Telecasters and Les Pauls also don't have contours and I'm very used to it, no discomfort here.

    Good thing all those players back in the day weren't deterred by this small detail.
     
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  18. DirkP

    DirkP

    Jan 18, 2013
    Hamburg, Germany
    Isn't the MIJ still in production but not available as an official export? The Squier is still there. I replaced the vintage correct bridge on my MIJ with a Fender Deluxe, but still have the original one. Hide it under the bridge-cover and there you go.
    I have a sunburst one, but love the yellow on the first MIJ ones, even if it isn't period correct. That postbus one.
     
  19. Guinness20

    Guinness20

    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    Lets get a petition going!
     
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  20. IMO I think single saddles as apposed to the 2 joined saddles Is better

    More accurate intonation and string height
     
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