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Early '60s Fender cases: Black or Brown?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by slick_tu, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. slick_tu


    Sep 19, 2006
    South Jersey
    I have a RI '62 Jazz and and just bought a RI '62 Precision. Both came in brown G&G "Vintage" cases. I don't recall seeing brown cases back then. A friend of mine bought a new Fender Precision that I believe he bought in '64 or '65, but it came in a black case. Anyone remember brown cases back then? Just curious. Thanks.
  2. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    The brown cases sound better and have better sustain. IMHO, YMMV
  3. slick_tu


    Sep 19, 2006
    South Jersey
    Pretty clever on Fender's part. I did hear, once, that they were doing extensive sound tests in the Bell Labs sound chamber.
  4. Easy8


    Sep 5, 2007
    Austin, Tx
    Looks like the "clay dot/pg screws" sarcasm is crossing into other threads.

    My '60 came with a brown case. Darker brown at the ends and gold plush interior.

    Sadly, I no longer have it. Years of road abuse:crying:
  5. Ozonbass

    Ozonbass Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2007
    My '83 V'62 RI P came in a tweed case, orange interior.
  6. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    They switched from Brown to Black cases in late 64.
    bassproduction likes this.
  7. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Brown was used in the early 60's. N.B., not tweed, but chocolate milkshake BROWN. I saw them many many times back then. creeeeak....:ninja: :D
  8. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    My '63 Jazz has a light tan case w/black ends. It's beat to **** but is definitely original.
  9. slick_tu


    Sep 19, 2006
    South Jersey
    Thanks guys. I guess I just didn't remember the brown ones. I expected my RI to come in a Tweed case. Thanks for the good info.
  10. cripula


    Dec 20, 2006
  11. slick_tu


    Sep 19, 2006
    South Jersey
    Both my RI Jazz and RI P came in brown with the darker ends; although, the online places say Tweed. I got mine from Musician's Friend. I don't like buying sight unseen, but no one seems to stock it (the P). I lucked out, though. The 3TS is just the shading I wanted and the action was only a tad high; relief is perfect, so far. I bought some TI's to replace the rounds, but the sound is pretty good with them.
  12. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    The case for my '63 P is the same.
  13. thumpbass1


    Jul 4, 2004
    The 63 P-bass I had oh so long ago came with a brown
    Fender case when I bought it used. I was the second owner of that bass.

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