Help! Can you ID this fender custom shop?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by heavyfunkmachin, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005

    I’m having trouble iding this yard sale find, hopefully you can help me... it’s either an old custom/signature model or a weird Frankenstein

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  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I don't think that's a custom shop Fender.
  3. It's truly custom, but not anything out of fenders factories lol
  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Need much better/clearer pics. Closeup of the front of the body. Closeup of the head front and back. Closeup of truss rod hole. Closeup of bridge. Closeup of serial number. All in focus.
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  5. Callused Finger

    Callused Finger

    Feb 22, 2007
    New York
    Nothing about that bass is Fender.
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  6. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Nice decal. It's the closest thing to be Fender on the whole bass.
  7. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Yah no. How much does the guy want for it?
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  8. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005
    Sure? No chance it’s a “rare japan 80s edition” or something like that?
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  9. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Uh oh. Did you already buy it?

    Edit. Reading comprehension is a thing. You got it at a yard sale.
  10. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005
    NOt yet!

    I guess I wanted to believe...
    Lemon avoided I guess...
  11. Dr Earl Funkton

    Dr Earl Funkton

    Jul 15, 2016
    If you like the way the bass looks and it plays comfortably to you, and you feel the price is worth what you would be getting, I don't see why not to buy it?
    If you would only be getting it because it's a rare custom shop, don't, because it isn't.
  12. The green haired skull would make it worth getting if it's cheap enough. :p
  13. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    That's not even a Fender much less a Custom Shop Fender. The tuners look like what comes on the fake Chinese knock off basses. Too many things "not right" about that bass to list!
  14. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man-

    (cheep) Parts bass
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  15. jamzcl


    Jul 21, 2004
    Des Moines, IA USA
    I don't think Japan has a Custom Shop. I've never seen that "F" logo on the heal of the neck before either.
  16. BassUrges


    Mar 14, 2016
    The skull appears to say “Fat Luthiers” (or maybe “Rat”). Google yields no info that I can see.
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  17. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Maybe the Custom Shop guys went in after the Christmas party and threw this together from random junk laying around.
  18. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I think I suspended belief on seeing the red Fender logo. I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that's not a Fender, much less a custom shop build.

    Let's see, a $100 mighty mite neck, a body from GFS, a couple random pickups, some cheap hardware, and it's worth ....less than the sum of those parts. $200 would probably be generous.
  19. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Man, that's the worst fake I've seen in a long time. $25 bass.
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