SOLD Fender 1982 walnut Precision Special

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by muggsy, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. muggsy

    muggsy Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
    This is my oldest bass, and the one I've had the longest. 1982 Precision Special with black walnut body and neck. Can go active or passive with the switch by the input jack, and I believe this was Fender's first foray into active electronics. If you have the book "The Fender Bass, An Illustrated History" this model is featured on page 77. Extremely rare, back when I used to frequent the Fender Forum the consensus was that Fender made less than 200 of these. According to the book, they only made them for one year before the model was redesigned into the Precision Elite.

    The neck is phenomenal, measures 1 5/8" at the nut and has a maple skunk stripe on the back. Frets in great shape. Everything original AFAIK except the input jack, which I had replaced a couple of years ago. Has strap locks in the pics but I have since put the original strap buttons back on. I will throw in a set of Schaller strap locks because I don’t have any other basses with gold hardware. Body and neck are very clean, there are scratches in the clear coat and on the pickguard, as you'd expect with a 37-year old bass, but nothing through to the wood. Back of the body is clean, it looks scuffed in the pics but that was sun glare because I suck at taking pictures. It's strung with TI flats that are at least 15 years old, but they continue to get better with age. Weighs 10.4 lbs on my bathroom scale, not light but not nearly as heavy as some other 70s and 80s Fenders I've played, and it sounds huge. Comes with Fender hard case, a bit beat up on the outside and one latch is slightly bent, but it works. Don't know if this is the orginal case because I'm not the original owner, but it's the case it came with when I bought it. I've seen some of these for sale with tweed cases that were supposed to be original.

    EDIT: Found this great site with detailed info, pics and schematics on the Precision Special (Fender Precision Special Bass 1980 - 1982). Scrolling to the bottom there are three pics of a case that looks just like mine, so it may well be the original case. That site also confirms that Fender only made 200 of the walnuts.

    Selling only because it doesn't get played enough and I'm not a collector. Interested in trading for a Fender Custom Shop P, ideally a Pino but will consider others, +/- cash as needed. Asking $2800 shipped in the continental US, Paypal OK. Happy to take more pics or answer questions, just ask. Thanks for looking!

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    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019
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  2. JZQuantum


    Oct 12, 2008
    Looks outstanding. Bet it sounds even better.
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  3. muggsy

    muggsy Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
    Thanks! It does sound great, active or passive. Had some other strings when I got it, but once I installed the TIs, it was all over.
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  4. I bought one of these when they were first released. Outstanding build quality, comparable to high-end Custom Shops IMO.

    Best of luck with the sale, whoever buys it won't be disappointed.
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  5. 2GodBGlory


    May 20, 2017
    I keep coming back to this one!
    I guess 'cuz I just LOVE the walnut!
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  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I usually despise gold hardware. I give it a pass on the beauty right there. It all just works. Such a great looking piece.
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  7. muggsy

    muggsy Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
    Thanks! Actually, I agree with you about the gold hardware. Not generally a fan, but it looks right on this one.
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  8. 2GodBGlory


    May 20, 2017
    I wish I were a collector with a big budget...
    Man, I love this bass!
    Someone buy it so I stop looking at it!!!
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  9. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Always loved this model and this is such a pristine example!
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  10. muggsy

    muggsy Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
    I wish you were too. :D I'm in no rush though, just trying to get out of the mindset of holding onto stuff I don't use. Crazy, right?
  11. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Really cool, rare bass! I've only ever seen one of these and it was nowhere near as clean as this. I'm not a Pbass guy and I've only played 5-string for years now but I want this one just because!

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  12. muggsy

    muggsy Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
    Still available. I've had some interesting trade offers, and thought I had a local sale lined up last weekend but it fell through. Buyer still claims to be pulling the funds together, but we shall see.

    My primary trade preference would be a Custom Shop Pino Palladino P, with additional cash on my end to make it work. I will consider other similar-era
    (1959-62) Custom Shop P basses, +/- cash as appropriate. Or I'd be happy to sell it and use the proceeds to buy a used Pino when one pops up.
  13. muggsy

    muggsy Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
    Sale pending.
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