Early 80's P bass color question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scott Thomas, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. Scott Thomas

    Scott Thomas

    Jan 11, 2005
    I'm still thinking about this immaculate ('83 or '84) MIA Precision I saw in a shop around here a few months ago. White guard and single white split coil. Maple fret board too if I remember right. But the unusual thing is the color. Tan best descibes it, or mocha. The closest thing is a vintage Fender color called "desert sand", but this is slightly darker, and besides, I think desert sand has long been unavailable (like since the 50's or early 60's)

    Anyway, I guess a refin could explain the minty condition, but I can't imagine someone refinishing to such an "understated" color.

    Anyone have or seen a bass from this era in this color?

    Please bear with me, but I am curious and my web searching has yielded nada! Being a second hand (antique/collectible) store, with the bass on consignment ($700) I doubt anyone there knows.
  2. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    If you go over to the fender forum (www.fenderforum.com), about last year one of the guys posted an entire early 80's color chart. But, you'll have to use the crappy search feature to find it. I remember it becasue someone was trying to identify a '80-83 Precision Special color.
  3. Dbassmon

    Dbassmon Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    In the 70's Fender made a chocolate transparent brown finish. I have one with a maple neck. I believe it's a 75. It looks like Mocca. Don't see too many of them around.