Fender to Recreate the Original P-Bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hategear, Aug 28, 2001.

  1. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    www.BassTabz.com -- 08/23/01 -- "Celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant innovations in musical history, the Fender Custom Shop is proud to announce the introduction of its 1951 Anniversary Precision Bass. To be unvailed at this summer’s NAMM show, the Custom Shop will take orders for this long-awaited tribute model and will begin shipping them in October - the same month that the originals began shipping in 1951.

    Says Mike Eldred, manager of Fender’s Custom Shop, "We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to make this instrument for quite awhile now. When the Precision Bass first came out, there was nothing else like it - it literally changed the face of amplified music. To say that it’s an honor to recreate history and offer this instrument is an understatement. The thrill of doing this is beyond words."

    The Custom Shop set out to make this limited edition 1951 Anniversary Precision Bass is historically correct in every detail. Every aspect, from the solid ash body to the vintage pickup and wiring to the step-drilled tuner holes, conform to the exact same specifications as Leo Fender’s very first electric Precision Bass of October, 1951.

    "We’ve even recreated the original and very rare form fit chipboard case," adds Eldred. "Of course, we’ll ship it in a sturdier hard shell case." Using numerous original 1951 basses as reference points, the Custom Shop was able to recreate the exact shape and construction of the Precision Bass’ maple neck, including the truss rod assembly. Historically correct tuners, string tree, output jack cup, string ferrules, knobs, fiber pickguard and fingerboard dots, phenolic bridge saddles - even the maple finger rest and step-drilled tuner holes - complete this exacting recreation.

    Orders will be taken from July 21st through December 28th, 2001. The Custom Shop will build to order through that time, and guitars will begin shipping in October. Serial numbers for this historic model will begin with "A001". For more information, visit their web site at www.fender.com."
  2. Muttluk

    Muttluk Guest

    Jan 19, 2000
    Oakland, California
    just like to add if you want a 51' style p bass, but cannot afford a cs fender, you can also get a fender sting sig. which isnt a limited run...
  3. The Sound of the Police

    The Sound of the Police Guest

    Aug 21, 2000
    I hope they get one of those at a guitar store near me.
    If anyone knows where I can get one of the pickups they use on those things, I'd love to know.
  4. If Leo was still at the helm, he'd come up with something new instead of a line extension. :rolleyes:
  5. They did. AS WELL as the line extension.
  6. I wonder if they're going to recreate the hum and the dead spots, along with the poor intonation. Sorry, I cant see much use for a bass like this in todays world, it's just a curio.
  7. What am I missing, Andy? All I see is old technology dredged up....and without the "softening" of the pickups and old growth wood at that.
  8. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    All three flavors of the Seymour Duncan ones are
    available through Warmoth -- click here.

    RioGrande has a couple models too -- click.
  9. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    You JUST found this out? Most of us have known about this for more than a month now.
  10. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Look at the Zone bass. It's a new bass, as far as I can see... P/j pup configuration... Preamp... Leo's sig. woods...

    But what do I know? :)
  11. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I like the idea of a PBass limited Edition for the 50th Anniversary of the first successful electric bass. Of course, the $5000 list price is a bit ridiculous.

    If you really want one of these single coil, slab bodied basses, go for the Sting signature model. I think it lists for $700. Of course, it has that silly Sting inlay at the 12th fret.....
  12. This is great news for those who prefer the old basses.

    Personally, though, I'd have less than no interest in buying one of these. IMO the best basses ever are being built right now. (And they're not reissues, either!)
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I'm undecided.


    *I just made that up;)
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    This bass will probably sell out. People like this old stuff. W/that list price, I won't buy on. Why recreate a 2 saddle bridge that can't be intonated. You go past the 7th fret & you're out of tune. :( People are gonna buy it & wait for it to go up in value. With all the new Fender Re-issues ALL OVER the place. I don't see that happening.
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  15. Yaww wwnnn Just looks like a big, fat cat, corporation finally reacting to the fact that an incredible amount of bassists' dollars have been steered away from Fender towards better woods and electronics for years, to me. I received a Fender catalog with the Zone in it about a month ago. You only get two choices of woods and no choices of pickups/preamp. McDonald's version and the taco version. Typical. Maybe Bass Player will review them.

    Leo would be leading instead of bringing up the rear, just like he did at G&L.
  16. Yeah, this is how I originally interpreted the question as well. But it's ambiguous. I think he meant that Leo would have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the P bass with an innovative bass rather than a replica.
  17. Well, Sting seems to do okay with his '51 P Bass.

    I think I would prefer something different and Dave Pushic is building it for me now.

    I wonder, if they are sticking to the origanal mold, does that mean they will only make them right handed.
  18. Um, I've never seen or heard of a Sting signature. Does anyone know where you can get one.
  19. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Like most of the new stuff, it has a street date of October 1st, so it should start showing up a couple of weeks after that.

  20. oh, I was under the impression that it was an older model.