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Help!!! Fender Precision Special

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ammar666, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Hello, I ve just bought a Fender Precision Special 1982 and it has an awesome tone, but on the D string 7 fret its "buzz" ing no matter how I raised down on the bridge, so please help. Sorry for my bad english I m from Bosnia..
  2. jwj1701


    Nov 17, 2011
    Lexington KY
    Sounds like you may need a neck adjustment. If your not sure or comfortable doing it yourself you should take it to your local luthier or someone who know how to check such things.
  3. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Definitely something your trussrod should get corrected

    But I bet you have that early '80s odd flat saddle himass bridge, don't you?!

  4. This is the bridge


    , but when I ask all of my bass friends they say "thats nothing"

    I dont know what to do...:meh:
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Neat bridge.

    It may be a high fret?
  6. ScottTunes

    ScottTunes Gear-A-Holic Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    So Cal
    ... Could also mean you need a new nut.

    If you've already tried adjusting the neck "relief," and string height via bridge adjustments, and checked for fret level (assuming frets are fine), you may need a nut.

    I can't tell you how frustrating that lesson was for me to learn!! Of course I may be the only idiot on TB. But I thought I'd learned everything possible about set-ups, including new guitars (at Washburn actually!)... Well, the nut can wear down over time with frequent RW string changes. Or, as in the Washburn situation, it may be the nut slots were cut too deeply (string too low at nut) to begin with...

    Just a thought to cover all basses...
  7. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Go on with the guys advices:
    Trussrod to check exact neck relief, then nut: it can really be too low in your case

  8. Hi there,

    I had the same bass, I was the first owner.
    It was this one (sold some years ago to a guitar shop in germany):

    I remember, when I bought it brandnew, there was some buzzing, too.
    And it was the neck adjusting rod, it was loose. Fixed it, no buzz anymore.

    Those are awesome basses, the first Fender basses with pre-amp, very versatile and good looking.
    I loooove matching headstocks on Fenders!
    Unfortenately they are very heavy.

    I only sold it, because my playing style is more funky now, it's not the perfect bass for it (to me).

    Keep it, have fun with it, it's already a collectors item.
    How much did you pay for it?

    Greetings from Germany to Bosnia!
  9. Well Hello, and greetings from Bosnia to Germany.
    As you said it, the guitar is totally flat you can hook in every pedal and its gonna sound awesome, unfortunately its very heavy around 7 kilograms and more... I'll go to a reliable service for guitars to check up the neck. I have paid it 1025eur.
    Here is a photo of it [​IMG]
  10. Hi,

    which colour is it?
    Is it a white, becoming yellowish - or is ist gold?
    Or tried someone a bad paintjob?

    If the neck is ok, the price is ok - especially for the higher prices in Bosnia.

    In 1981, when I bought mine brandnew, I had to pay 1.500 Deutschmarks - and when I sold it, i got the same sum in Euros...;-
    Count the inflation in, there was no loss.

    The regular colours were lake placid blue and candy apple red - and also a kind of metallic white. The white ones are the rarest.

    Have fun!

  11. GreaserMatt


    Sep 4, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Both of those basses are very cool!!!
  12. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    First of all, I really think havin' seen your bass on some deutsch site
    Secondly, correct price, and Ammar is havin' it at fair price as well...
    Here in Italy I came across two (one once white then yellowin another something nearly anodized) repainted black exemplars both sellin' for around €. 1.200,00;)


  13. No, I think this is the real colour, traces of use as a result of sweating while the first owner was playing. Here in Bosnia are very difficult times, so that the price of instruments are very small, for example the most expencive bass on the most famous used gear internet site is 1500euro, Fender Precision 1978 with orginal case and papers and here is it : [​IMG]

    I have had the money but I did not liked the tone, its more for funky, I play a totally different kind of music so I did not bougt it...
  14. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    I had an '81. Great bass! Still kicking myself for letting that one go, 20 years ago. I do have the offspring, an '84 P Elite II.
  15. Hi Wallace,

    you're right, the picture I used was on the website of the guitar shop that bought my bass.
    I have old paper pics of my bass in the original tweed case, but I am too lazy to scan it...;-)

  16. Well - to my opinion 1.500 Euros for a 1978 P-bass is way too much.
    The late Fenders are the worst basses they ever built.

    I looked for the colour charts of the P-bass specials, and this is what I found:
    - candy apple red
    - lake placid blue
    - metallic white
    - and a special version, natural, but also the neck made of walnut.

    The first 3 came with optional maple neck or maple/rosewood neck.
    The walnut neck version is the rarest (to my mind, the ugly one).
    The white is the rarest colour of the pretty ones...;-)

    Because the metallic effect is made by a layer of gold or silver sparkle under the white coat, it becomes visible if the outer coat is "washed" away by sweat or worn by playing.

  17. I like the tone, in 2033 it will reach huge price, if you are maybe interesed in the tone here is a link of the first owner playing in a Bosnian band called Divanhana, in every song is Fender Precision Special recorded...


  18. Man you are soo lucky, I was trying for 2 years to find Precision Elite, its a incredible bass. And in future if I have the chance to buy a Elite, I will buy it..
  19. here is my Precision Special in action
  20. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Very nice bass. I've always liked those early 80's Precision Specials. But there is no way on earth that thing weighs 7kg. or more. Not even close. It may *feel* as if it weighs that much, but the actual weight is probably closer to 5.5kg, or less.