Help buying a Fender Precision Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mofouy, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. mofouy


    Nov 6, 2012
    Sorry for my bad English, A person offered to buy a Fender Precison bass.
    Only sent me these pictures. I can not see the serial number. This type of tuner I never saw them .Can you help me if it´s a original Fender , the year and the country where it was made, etc. What´s your opinion of this bass. I am a beginner playing the bass.
    All the information that you provide I will be grateful


    Thank you very much to all from Uruguay


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  2. Arnie


    May 14, 2005
    Kingston, NY
    This should bring a lot of speculation from TB'ers in the KNOW. I see a few questionable tell tales and I am just beginning to understand genuine Fender Basses.

    First glimpse it "looks" to be vintage, and looking again I see warning signs. I will just leave it at that, but I guarantee TB'ers will shed light on this.
  3. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Adding your other image to consolidate your threads :)

  4. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    If it is a fender, it doesn't have much if any original parts. Thin single ply black pickguard, odd looking knobs, that bridge doesn't look right at all, the tuners are odd and that but doesn't look at all fender or good aftermarket. I wouldn't go for it.

    If you're just starting out, I suggest a squier Classic Vibe or Vintage Modified. Both of these are generally great instruments and are cheap. Some people like them more than their Fenders.

    EDIT: it looks like the pickguard was cut by hand, I would definitely look elsewhere.
  5. Uncle K

    Uncle K The custodian is your enemy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I'm no expert, but the headstock decal and knot in the body would scare me away.
  6. Dluxe

    Dluxe Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Not a Fender at all. Not a bad looking copy though. Headstock shape is wrong, no walnut plug at the headstock, white dots on maple board, neck plate is wrong, bridge is wrong. No idea where it could have been made.
  7. PluckyThump

    PluckyThump Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    The Hammer
    It's a parts bass and a really crappy one at that. Throw it on the fire.
  8. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    Yikes...look at that bridge. I'd stay away from that one. I second the Squier VM or CV motion.
  9. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Not a Fender
  10. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    May have some Fender parts, but the bass itself is not a true Fender Precision bass.

    A Precision bass would be a great bass to start out on. I been playing Precision basses since I first started playing myself.

    Not sure what the price is for that bass, however you can probably do better. IMO
  11. owendavis

    owendavis Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Not an expert either, but I have never seen a Fender with "made in USA" stamped into the wood (above the bridge).

    Is that a knot in the D string?

    I would look for something better ...
  12. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Severe fake.
  13. Heh. I didn't know it was possible to write "fake" in so many different ways. :p
  14. satellite4


    May 23, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    that's a decal on the neck. Tuners look pitted and beat up. Nut looks ok i guess. Bridge looks horrible. I've never seen a 'knot' like that in the front of the body, kinda weird.

    I would agree the squire p basses are an excellent value...or just a good value uses MIM P.

    I was laughing at that too lol..
  15. RonChase


    Aug 15, 2008
    Yeh I thought it has to be some Fender copy with a Fender decal, everything has a fair and an unfair price, if it's local try it and if it plays and sounds OK low ball him, but I also would hit the pawn shops
  16. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    I wouldn't be worried about a knot. If there was a solid color finish over it you wouldn't be able to see it anyways.

    My tele has knots in the front. I don't mind.
  17. Interius


    Sep 27, 2012

    And yes, that is a knot on the D-string. What the heck.
  18. hahahaha this gotta be a joke or something
    "made in USA" haha i would buy that one just for laughs
  19. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    It's funny, because it actually has a correct "transition logo" but EVERYTHING else about that bass is WRONG. NOT A FENDER.

  20. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Not a Fender.

    No way

    No how.