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SOLD For Sale: 1973 Fender Precision bass w/OHSC 100% original

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by johnk_10, Jul 21, 2012.


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  1. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    I just have way too many basses so it's time to let this beauty go. a 100% original 1973 fender precision bass, original hardshell case (also in excellent condition), 3TSB, modern C neck (1 5/8" wide at the nut) radiused rosewood board, pearloid dots, tort guard, with the original tug bar and chrome covers. this bass is in exceptionally nice & clean condition for it's age (almost 40 years old!) and weighs a little under 8 1/2 lbs (8lbs 6oz). it has a straight neck w/ low action, no fret wear and plays and sounds like a vintage p bass should. IMO, the early 1973 P's were the last ones that were built identical to the late 60's ones (lightweight alder bodies, no route channel from the pickup to the control area, tug bar on the treble side etc.) asking [DEL]$3399.00[/DEL], $3K + actual shipping via fedex. NO TRADES.

    her's some pics of it:

    73pbass-1-w.

    73pbass-5-w.

    73pbass-2-w.

    73pbass-6-w.

    73pbass-3-w.
     
  2. Bongokid

    Bongokid

    Sep 28, 2011
    Los Angeles
    wow, she's a beaut!!! All original P bass right here. Good luck with the sale John.
     
  3. Wow... Thats a beaute!!!!
     
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    PM's replied to.
     
  5. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    It's a time machine. Brings back memories. I bought my first bass... a Fender in 1973.

    I remember staring up at the sunburst P hanging on the wall at Sam Ash. It was a dream and I played it... right before I settled back into reality and bought the black Musicmaster short scale. I was thirteen years old.

    Many decades have passed... and I'm still staring up at the 1973 P hanging on the wall... just out of reach.
     
  6. EduardoK

    EduardoK

    Jun 28, 2004
    MusicMan short scale? Please elaborate on that!!!
    And yes, this P bass is a real beauty!!!
     
  7. MVPBASS

    MVPBASS Banned

    Oct 29, 2010
    Maybe he means Musicmaster
     
  8. MVPBASS

    MVPBASS Banned

    Oct 29, 2010
    I would so trade my Spalt top Fbass BN4 for this
     
  9. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Very nice! I got lucky with a early '74 with a light alder body and IMO these early '70's P's are as close to pre-CBS as you are going to get... and a lot less $$$.

    Also, the condition makes mine look like a bomb hit it!

    GLWTS!
     
  10. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I have a '73 Precision that is bassically identical, except for a lot more wear (see avatar) I think aside from the neck shape, these have that preCBS vibe in spades.

    Also if it was in John's collection, its pretty much a guarantee that it kills.
     
  11. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    all PM's replied to and it's still available.
    thanks for the comments guys.
    i'm going to also list it on ebay this evening. :bawl:
     
  12. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik

    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Ya gotta love the pepperoni with the sunburst. Looks great.
     
  13. NKUSigEp

    NKUSigEp

    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    Any photos of the guts? Neck heel, pots, pickups, and so on?
     
  14. extreme

    extreme

    Mar 20, 2000
    Wow...that's in really nice shape! I only like beaters so I don't have to care about 'em when playing out, but yeah...someone will love to get their hands on that one. And, I agree that the early '70s P-basses are still generally really good instruments.
     
  15. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    when i bought it along time ago, i did all of that to inspect everything to make sure that it was 100% original, but unfortunately i didn't take pics. i really don't feel like tearing it down again, but if someone is really serious about buying it i suppose that i could do it again.

    i was talking about it with my wife the other day and was telling her that, IMO, this is the last of the really nice fender basses. it has the veneer/radiused fingerboard as used from late '62-70's, before they started using the thick poly finishes, and it's lightweight, and for less than a custom shop RI, you can get the real thing that will continue to appreciate.
     
  16. Alex1984

    Alex1984

    Jan 16, 2010
    Vancouver
    What a beauty! Good luck with the sale!
     
  17. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    PMed!
     
  18. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    PM's replied.
    it's going on ebay in about an hour. :crying:
     
  19. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    That's just what my '73 looked like when I bought her. Amazing to consider that, if mine were still original, it would have appreciated by more than $3,000!
     
  20. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    bump for $400 price reduction, now $2999.
     

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