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SOLD FENDER 1968 Precision - Restored to Original Beauty!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by jtlee, May 6, 2010.

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  1. jtlee


    Mar 2, 2005
    Portland, Oregon

    This is a 1968 Fender P-Bass that I picked up at a local pawn shop. It was ruined - body had been badly refinished several times and even most of the last "sparkle blue Krylon" paint job that was on it was worn off. Gouges on the body edges, nasty crap hardware on it...just made you want to cry. But "Gentlemen, we can rebuild her. We have the technology."!

    Stripped it down and had Pat Wilkins identify the body - scraped out the neck pocket and you can see some markings. There was enough of a sunburst finish left underneath to ascertain that it was the original finish on the bass. Pat and his crew lightly reshaped the body (to get rid of all the edge gouges) and beautifully refinished here in the original burst. I left the neck stock - it just felt too perfect to mess with. You can still make out the 24XXXX serial number on the plate (that's a 68). So here's a rundown:

    1. Body, neck, pickup, neck plate, neck screws, string retainer, and case are original.
    2. Tuning keys are new Hipshot lollipops (the original Fender lollipop tuning keys are included but one is missing the gear and post)
    3. Bridge is a new Fender Vintage Series chrome (an old Fender bridge was in the case, but don't think it's original to the bass and it's missing two saddles)
    4. Bridge cover, pickguard and knobs are from Allparts, Pickup cover is new genuine Fender
    5. Pots are CTS Vintage style, all cloth wiring, new switchcraft output jack, old cap from another Fender
    6. Dunlop Straplock buttons added
    7. New DR Sunbeams 45-100
    8. One dot marker (12th Fret) replaced (was missing when I got the bass)

    The neck is straight, frets have been leveled, new bone nut cut. Truss rod works smoothly, action set medium low (can go lower). Sounds amazing - smooth like butter. Lots of pics below.

    SELLING FOR $2500 shipped in the US. International shipping is no problem, just PM for quote.













  2. jtlee


    Mar 2, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
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  3. TwoGearGeeks


    Sep 25, 2009
    Wow, that is a sweet looking bass!
  4. Jonyak


    Oct 2, 2007
    Ottawa, Ont
    wow.... great job on the rebuild.
  5. Popps


    Nov 26, 2009
  6. flewis

    flewis Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    +1 Very nice!
  7. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Hah, I have that same neck! Bump!
  8. panzerjp


    Dec 28, 2008
    Beauty!!!! ...I want to take her for a date!!!! :D
  9. rufusbass

    rufusbass Skype Bass Lessons Now available.

    Sep 10, 2005
    Los Angeles
    PM'ed Ya
  10. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Whoa. That looks brand new.
  11. lmfreeman9


    Sep 1, 2007
    Weight? Tone?
  12. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Nice rescue job. Good for you, putting that bass back like it was meant to be.
  13. jtlee


    Mar 2, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    Weight is 8.8 lbs. Tone - it's a vintage P-Bass...you know what it sounds like :)

    This one has a nice tight neck pocket and sustain for days. The new owner will dig it.

    Thanks for all the compliments guys! Hopefully this will go to someone who can really appreciate it.
  14. TheHegemon


    Feb 20, 2009
    Amarillo, TX
    That looks amazing, I read the description before I looked at the pics and you sir did a fantastic job. Good luck on the sale, wish I could take her off your hands.
  15. This is porn
  16. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    An absolute beauty! Excellent restoration job!

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