eBay score? (Fretless P content)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by strost, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. strost


    Oct 2, 2008
    Blacksburg, VA
    So I put in what I thought to be a low bid on a 1977 fretless P-bass (maple board, walnut finish) and ended up getting it! Kinda shocked and hoping I'll like it. I've heard that the late 70s Fenders are not so great but hopefully this one is a keeper. Looks to be in great shape. Will get it later this week.

    No pics yet since I'm on vacation with no internet (just phone).

    It has a 14 day return policy and I plan to take it to a pro for a once over. I'll keep y'all updated.
  2. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Ha! Careful what you wish for!

    Yeah, post pix:bassist:
  3. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Northeast Ohio
  4. strost


    Oct 2, 2008
    Blacksburg, VA
    That's the one! Thanks for the link.
  5. snarebear


    Apr 19, 2012
    looks like a nice bass. Good luck
  6. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    The pics make it look like you bought a new one.
  7. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Congrats, looks like it's in great shape!

    One of these days I'm going to spring for an older fretless Precision for myself.

    Hope you love it, looking forward to your thoughts once you get it in hand.
  8. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Looks great and the price is right! Enjoy!
  9. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I thought Fender didn't start making fretless P-basses until the 80s. Am I wrong?
  10. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    Not sure about that but S7xxxxx serial number doesn't necessarily mean 1977 AFIK. Still a Beauty though.
  11. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Northeast Ohio
  12. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Looks about the low end of market price with shipping (maybe far low end with the walnut). I've had my 78 natural maple for sale at about the same price for a while with few offers. Ended up just keeping it as the need to sell passed. Fretless are a hard sell IMO, have to find the right buyer at the right time. I think you picked up a good one
  13. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    Congrats, that's an excellent price.

    They made them in the 70s, pretty sure that '72 was the first year. I bought a neck around '74 used it on different bodies for years.

    As far as I know '79 was the last year they offered them.
  14. lawjazz1


    Sep 7, 2013
    Yes, you are wrong. I have a '72 fretless P, sunburst, rosewood fingerboard. Sweet! I think they started in '71.
  15. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    That bass is fantastic! I would love to play it! I insist on having an unlined maple fingerboard as my first fretless.

  16. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Congrats beautiful bass nice price and the seller has great feedback with a return policy.
  17. strost


    Oct 2, 2008
    Blacksburg, VA
    Thanks for the kind words everyone. The seller and I decided to wait until after the cold front moves through to send it. So might not arrive until Monday.
  18. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    I had a friend that got one in '73, sunburst w a maple board. He was disappointed since he wanted a rosewood/maple neck. Hope he kept it, should be worth something now.
  19. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    People often slag the late 70s Fenders for being poor quality, but there are plenty of good ones out there. My 78 fretless P is a winner. Many from that era are pretty heavy - some extremely so - but I never found the quality control from that era to be noticeably worse than any other era. There were always good and bad Fenders.

    Yours looks to be in great shape! Enjoy it and don't worry about the late 70s stigma.
  20. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer
    Let's see if it shows up below.