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Fender Fretless Precision Bass - Post yours

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by moishelichtfuss, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. So, since I kinda fell in love with the Fretless P that I bought on the bay earlier this year, I'd be interested in more pictures of fretless Ps from the 70s.
    Instead of going the ole' club-route, I'll ask you to simply post a pic of yours.


    This is mine. I haven't got a better picture, as the instrument resides in our rehearsal space. Neck-serial number puts it somewhere 78 and 81.
    Afaik the only part that is not original is the pickguard (Previous owner stated that it originally was a black one. Possible?). The pickup covers are white.
    After trying it with round-, flat- and compression-wounds, I ended up using Thomastik JF344s, because I love the feel and the boom.
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  2. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
    Please see Profile for Endorsement disclosures
    1978 Maple fretless, Antigua finish!

  3. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I've had this one in the classifieds for a while now.

    Attached Files:

  4. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Here's mine with it's jazzy twin. I really need to get some new pictures...

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  5. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
  6. i would love to have a fretless P bass. I've actually only ever played a fretless once in my life and it was a cheap P bass knockoff that was converted to fretless. Needless to say, it wasn't very nice to play.

    All of you guys have beautiful P basses.
  7. MKoby


    Jul 14, 2004
    MD/Metro DC
    Here is mine



    1972 P
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  8. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    Jul 10, 2008
    Higley, AZ
    The voices are telling me to add a J pup and install a 3-way Tele-style switch. Make them stop...
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  9. Very nice! Maple necks seem to be the preference around here. And that Antigua finish is extremely fine.

    I'm thinking of putting a tort-pickguard on mine, depsite it being a lighter sunburst. The white is just...too white.
  10. So,just to obsessively get on your nerves a little bit more. I replaced the pickguard (before was the first post in this thread) and really like it. Especially with the white pups.

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  11. theRocco


    Jan 7, 2010
    The Expanse
    Can anyone provide a Tone Report of a vintage 70s Precision Fretless? I'm researching what fretless to get and like to hear your views.

    I do like what I've heard about the Wal basses, but out of my reach at the moment.

    I also watched several lessons on Youtube about getting "Whah" bloom from any bass, with technique and set-up (flat neck). But do Set Necks and Through-Necks do the "Whah" better than say a bolt-on Precision?
  13. Most definitely.
  14. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ

    Whenever I dream of a fretless P bass, I tend to think of this tone:
    Mutemath - Fretless P

    Sounds like he's got just a touch of overdrive going on, but still. Very nice.
  15. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Early '76:

    Attached Files:

  16. ...and a nice carpet to put it on.
  17. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Just a BassGuy! Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    P-Bass in body shape and neck dimensions (1-3/4 nut). I just prefer J pickups for fretless.

  18. SamanthaCay


    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    I like this thread.
  19. hey man

    i think your finish is called "Sienna".
  20. Dont do it. Once that hole is routed, you can never go back. Especially if it is a vintage body.