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Early Fender Tuning Key Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Arizona Jones, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. Hello!

    I recently bought a '51 Fender Precision Reissue and noticed
    that the tuning keys don't sit flush on the headstock. I tried
    to do some research on the subject but I can't find much
    information. I did read in "The Fender Bass, An Illustrated
    History" that in late '64 Fender started to drill small divots in
    the headstock to allow the gears to mount flush.

    Are all '51 to '64 Precision tuning keys mounted like this - not
    sitting flush?

    They mounted the keys like this for 13 years?

    If you happen to own a '51 to '64 Precision or just know that
    answer to this question please let me know! Thanks!

    Arizona Jones
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  3. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    HUH??? I don't think I ever noticed this before. I just checked my '64 and there is a bit of daylight right behind the worm gear on all the tuners. The sides where they are screwed down are flush, but that plate has a slight arc to it. I guess you learn something new every day ;)
  4. Mr_Dave


    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    yep, i'm pretty sure they were like that for 13 years... on p and early jazz basses (up to '64)
  5. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Niether my 51 P reissue, nor my 62 J reissue had this, uhhh, issue;)
    But yes, the eraly ones had bumps on the tuners that made them stand off the headstock a little. They then started putting divots in the headstock to accomodate this...then they changed tuners.

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