Fender Experts, please vet this 66’ Precision Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kirk Bryant, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. 244C5275-A127-40A0-83AD-31E6BA514F11.jpeg 3DD72236-2EBC-4F42-B7A6-730F5FC7CFE9.jpeg DAE8C630-CD06-4A8C-8538-A52D10B37DEC.jpeg 3F48180A-A29E-4741-9358-C616D01939DC.jpeg 4C7D464A-425D-4B64-BD5D-7FC04BA71030.jpeg 0811E101-E884-4FB9-A951-55781DE53606.jpeg Ok, my nephew, in the UK, is looking at this bass and asked my opinion. I’d like your hive mind take on the originality of this bass. I’ve asked for more pics of neck butt, pot codes, route, bridge, pickup bottoms, and router hump visible in the last photo. The bass is priced under 5k on the bay. Also on the heavy side at 9.5+ on questionable scale. So, what do you think?
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2019
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  2. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Externally looks right for 66.
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  3. Were you, “Formerly known as Caca de Kick?”
  4. Pocket4

    Pocket4 Supporting Member

    Dec 9, 2013
    New Hampshire
    The headstock decal looks about 7/8 size & could indicate a forger. Internal pots and pumps, neck stamp etc. Needs a check.
  5. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Yup. After 20 years here, I felt the name got stupid a long time ago. Back then (in 1999) I'd never thought the site would still truck-on two decades later and that I'd still be here. :D
  6. Mike I remember you, I played your Wal at a gtg in Hood River, I think. I always respect your knowledge and comments, thanks for chiming in.
  7. Hi @Pocket4, We’re waiting for more pics but you are right about the decal looking small.
  8. mindwell

    mindwell Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    Decal could be ersatz/replacement, but that's a C-neck, clay dots, right pickguard, polepieces have ballpark patina. Full authentication would require pot date codes and neck stamp, and from the look of the screw heads, it wouldn't be the first somebody had gone in.
  9. Looks legit from head to toe (to me).
  10. Gunga Din

    Gunga Din

    Jun 22, 2018
    Clay dots? They don't look like clay to me. And weren't the gone by '66 anyway?
  11. mindwell

    mindwell Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    Twelfth-fret dots look very much like those on the '65 I used to own, but I could be misled by the pic quality. And yeah, mid-1965 is probably the clay dot cutoff. Regardless, I'll be interested to see how this bass holds up to further authentication.
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  12. Clark W

    Clark W Just Say No To Tort! Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    Stupid question, but I have to know...
    If a body has that much wear through the finish wouldn't one expect to see some wear on the neck and fretboard as well?
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  13. Hi Kirk.
    I think the decal looks right. I am no expert but here is a shot of my all original 65 P bass headstock. Looks to be the same size to me. Everything else looks correct compared to my bass anyway.

    65 PBass.jpg
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  14. Stewie


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Anybody happen to know when Fender stopped putting the hootenany strap button on the back of the headstock?
  15. Kevin Teed

    Kevin Teed Guest

    Mar 8, 2013
    Looks right from here.
  16. Hootenanny strap button: 1960-1968.
  17. Dynacord


    Jan 1, 2005
    From '60 until about '69.

    The bass looks good/right overall. Of course, much can be faked, etc so can only tell so much from pictures...
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  18. I would say it looks genuine but the wear on the front and back looks "accelerated".
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  19. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    I have an original 66 and have seen many others. No clay dots in 66. These appear to be correct pearl dots, but the body is way too artificially aged. Could be original parts but someone had a hand in aging in beyond normal typical wear.
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  20. Dynacord


    Jan 1, 2005
    Maybe - though here's the wear on the back of a '62 Jazz I bought well before relics were popular:

    '62 Jazz BackDetail1.jpeg

    Luckydog is right about the dots. Switched from 'clay' to fake pearl in '64.
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