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Fender Custom Shop LTD '58 Precision Bass Relic

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by meursault42, Apr 11, 2010.


  1. meursault42

    meursault42

    Jun 21, 2006
    I just picked one up on consignment. I had originally set out to get one of the newer '59 relics, but happened to see this one by chance and went for an educated impulse buy. Just wondered if anyone else owns or has played one of these, and if so, do you have any comments? I understand they only made 100 of these in '05 as a showcase for the NAMM conference.

    Aside from first learning on a Squier P-bass ages ago, this will be my first foray into the P-bass world. My initial impressions are good, although, after playing Stingray's and then J-basses for the past decade or so, I must admit, it's a little bit of an adjustment. I still have to get it set-up, though.

    If there's any interest, I can also throw some pics up here.

    Cheers!
     
  2. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I'm certainly interested, please post some pics of that beauty!

    And, IMO don't worry, your fretting hand will adjust to your P-Bass' slightly wider neck in no time. :) :bassist:
     
  3. Beginner Bass

    Beginner Bass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Round Rock, TX
    A&R, Soulless Corporation Records
    Let me be the first to say, NPNB*.

    *No
    Pics
    No
    Bass
     
  4. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Color me interested as well. If you end up not liking the bass, let me know!
     
  5. sneha1965

    sneha1965

    Nov 7, 2007
    NOVA
    Would love to see pics too. Let me know if you're interested in a Sadowsky MS5 trade.
     
  6. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Wow that sure is pretty!
     
  7. sneha1965

    sneha1965

    Nov 7, 2007
    NOVA
    So how does she sound?
     
  8. meursault42

    meursault42

    Jun 21, 2006
    Yeah, good question. I've been thinking about that.

    All of the normal P qualities are there. Full, musical low register, punchy/burpy mid, sweet high...it really begs for the glissando.

    Some suprises though: I guess I wasn't aware that the '58s had medium frets. The smaller fret size provides a kind of facile/delicate left-hand action that I wouldn't have expected from a P-bass. However, it also makes it more susceptible to adjustment/fret-height problems. As it stands right now, it's kind of a buzzy mess. In fact, second and third position notes on the A-string actually sound like a fretless bass with the flats on (whoa). I'm assuming (hoping) it's just in need of a professional set-up and maybe some minor fret work. But, we'll see if the problems pursist. You never really know what you've got until you live with it a little...at least that's been my experience.

    The other odd feature (a bit more well-known, I think) is the raised poles on the pickup under the A-string. I'm not sure why Leo Fender thought it wise to include this, but it does make for an abnormally hot A-string response, which I was able to tame considerably by just lowering the pickup height a bit. However, I don't really know enough about the technical side of this adjustment to know whether or not I'm screwing something else up in the process.

    Overall though, as I said before, my impression is positive. I'm going to order up some TI Jazz Flats and have our local Custom-Shop-certified repairman take a look at it. We'll see what that does. I'll try to keep things up to date here.
     
  9. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    The Jazz flats and a PBass are a match made in bass heaven.
     
  10. meursault42

    meursault42

    Jun 21, 2006
    Indeed, I think Pino has made that abundantly clear, for all who care to listen.
     
  11. Definitely a nice new axe you got there. If you *feel* like putting up any sound clips, I'm pretty sure we'd be okay with it... just this once. ;)
     
  12. koobie

    koobie

    Jul 11, 2007
    Portland OR
    Looks nice, congrats. Does the '59 RI have a rosewood fretboard?

    How much relic'ing is there on the back of the neck? How much does it weigh?
     
  13. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    The raised poles on the A string were for better string response with what strings were available at the time. However, lower frequencies (such as the E and A strings under the bass coil) aren't perceived to be as loud as their higher counterparts. The raised A pole piece really helps those low notes pop forward in a mix IMO and IME.

    My main bass is a 57RI
     
  14. PDavyduck

    PDavyduck

    Apr 9, 2009
    Langley, BC, Canada
    Retail Sales Specialist for FMIC
    oh man, that is a thing of beauty!!!

    and the back-of-the-headstock shot.... gotta love all that mass there!! :bassist:


    all I've got so far is my RoadWorn P but do love it to bits... aside from the deadspot(s) on the g string but still a great friggin' bass :smug:


    many melodious grooves with yours!!

    :bassist::bassist:
     
  15. Rocky

    Rocky Banned

    Jul 21, 2000
    Los Angeles
    Nice bass!
     
  16. sneha1965

    sneha1965

    Nov 7, 2007
    NOVA
    What are your thoughts on the neck profile?
     
  17. meursault42

    meursault42

    Jun 21, 2006
    Yes the '59 has rosewood. Definitely, a more popular combo. But hey, if the maple works for Willie Weeks, then I suppose it can probably work for me;)

    There is minimal 'relicing' on the neck. It's mostly on the top and bottomside of the fingerboard. Honestly, as far as the relic thing goes, I think I'd be just as happy with a like-new instrument that was made to spec (so called, NOS variety). But then again, I don't mind the vintage vibe either.

    I don't know exactly how much it weighs, but I would suspect around 8lbs. Not too bad, especially compared to my Marcus V.
     
  18. meursault42

    meursault42

    Jun 21, 2006
    Feels great to me. Although, I've been playing a Marcus V exclusively for the past X years (since it came out, whenever that was). It has the 'soft' V profile, not the baseball bat.
     
  19. koobie

    koobie

    Jul 11, 2007
    Portland OR
    Sounds like it's probably a great bass. I like the light relics in general (I've got a '60 Strat relic); they feel comfortable & worn-in without having the obvious signs of intentional wear. I think I'd enjoy the maple fingerboard/soft V neck profile. The only thing I'd consider changing would be the pickup if the A string is too loud.
     
  20. meursault42

    meursault42

    Jun 21, 2006
    I may have to look into that, although kneeling the pickup drastically under the A-string seems to take care of it, for the most part.
     

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