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FS/FT: 1983 FENDER Precision ELITE II (Cream Custard)

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by itchy, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. itchy


    Jan 3, 2009
    Bay Area
    1983 FENDER Precision ELITE II [+OHSC]

    Up for consideration, a somewhat rare bird...Fender Precision Elite II.
    This is the version with double "P" pickup power.
    It's in a white finish, naturally aged into that cream/custard goodness. Looks really handsome against the rosewood board. Weighs in at 9.1 lbs.
    It's in super shiny, clean condition...clean enough to eat off of. It does have a handful of tiny dings, but they do not call attention whatsoever. At broad glance, it looks pretty pristine. The neck is ding free, so it's nice and smooth.
    One of the main reasons I'm letting this go is because I'm realizing the basses I play the most already have some "road wear" on them. Because this guy is so clean, I baby it to the point of leaving it in the case instead of playing it.

    The unique bridge still has all of the fine tuning screws, which is rare.
    The neck has no issues. Truss and micro-tilt both function fine.
    Action is nice and low with no buzz.
    The electronics on this bass are unique. It has 2 split coil "P" type pickups.

    There is a lot of confusion and misinformation on the web about how the controls on this bass are set up. Here's the skinny:
    * 3 pots (volume/volume/tone)
    * Switch1 = Pickup selector, (neck/both/bridge)
    * Switch2 = Selects which pickup the tone knob effects. (neck/both/bridge)
    ** The tone knob at 50% is the normal passive P-Bass's "filter wide open". Above 50% actually *boosts* the treble. (Active pre-amp.)

    Because people aren't aware of these details, some people say they have trouble dialing in their tone. But if you know what you're doing this bass is a versatile monster!!

    I would prefer to sell....but the only trade I'd possibly consider would be a late-'70s Precision with some honest wear already on it. (Not talking thrashed, or gashed up neck.)

    This beauty will ship in the original Fender molded case.
    Asking $1200 shipped/ConUS

  2. tmoney61092


    Sep 15, 2009
    I have a 1980 Ibanez ST-980 8 string with OHSC that has some wear if you're interested ;)
  3. itchy


    Jan 3, 2009
    Bay Area
    The bass weighed in at a perfect 9.1 lbs.
    I added some extra photos....the dimples shown in the photo with my thumb is the worst of the blemishes, which aren't bad at all.
    Also, the bridge fine-tuning adjustment screws are not shown in the photos, they are stored away for safe keeping. ;)
  4. jthigpen


    May 18, 2009
    Cincinnati Ohio
    Man if you still have it in a month, I'm all over it. Fantastic bass.

  5. itchy


    Jan 3, 2009
    Bay Area

    The Elite's came stock with Schaller straplocks, which I still have and will be included.
  6. jthigpen


    May 18, 2009
    Cincinnati Ohio
    Did you sell this bad boy?
  7. itchy


    Jan 3, 2009
    Bay Area
    Bass is ON HOLD.
    Trade pending.
  8. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    That's light for one of these. Mine is about 11.5 lbs.
  9. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    +1. That weight is about the same as my old Elite I.
  10. itchy


    Jan 3, 2009
    Bay Area