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HELP FROM FENDER GURUS identifying if my 70s fender p bass is original

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by angelopbass, Dec 17, 2017.


  1. angelopbass

    angelopbass Supporting Member

    May 18, 2011
    struthers, ohio
    So just purchased a fender p bass. I believe based on what I've found that it is a 1975. The neck feels and plays great. Just curious if the body is the original. Pretty sure the neck is. Neck plate seems to be legit. (The guy I bought it from let me know that the bridge, pickups and pickguard were not original) Just wanted some fender gurus to help identify if the body and neck check out to be an original match and both authentic, or if anything seems fishy. Pics won't show it but there's lots of body checking through the paint which seems right to me. I'll let ya all know what my price was as soon as I find out if I got a good deal, or if I got a damn steal. But I'm thinking (hoping) I got a steal from a really nice guy who just didn't think it was worth a buck due to being modded
     

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  2. ajkula66

    ajkula66

    Sep 23, 2016
    NEPA
    Pictures of the neck pocket would help with the body identification IMO. Looks legit to me, apart from the mods which you're obviously well-aware of.
     
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  3. Bridge, pickups & pickguard all have been replaced. Apart from that, everything checks out for a late 1975 P-bass.

    The body should look like this in terms of routings, no exception.

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  4. Kmrumedy

    Kmrumedy

    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    I am assuming you mean't to put the word " NOT Original" correct? As the bridge pickups and pick guard are obviously modded.

    We need to see pictures of the neck pocket, pickup cavity, and control cavity to be 100% sure. Also, check the pot codes to see if they were changed too. That is much more important than most people realize. Many of us fenders guys believe the older pots have an affect on the tone.
     
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  5. angelopbass

    angelopbass Supporting Member

    May 18, 2011
    struthers, ohio
    Yes I meant not original. Parts were modded. Which I'm ok with, as I always do the same to my basses. For some reason the neck pocket pic didn't upload.
     

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  6. angelopbass

    angelopbass Supporting Member

    May 18, 2011
    struthers, ohio
    I'm also a fender guy (this is now 1 of my current 4 p basses)
    But this is my first vintage fender bass. I'm ok with knowing that it's not all original. Just hoping the body neck and tuners are which I'm thinking so
     

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  7. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    Yup, the neck/tuners and the body are legit.
     
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  8. angelopbass

    angelopbass Supporting Member

    May 18, 2011
    struthers, ohio
    So I got my $300 worth
     
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  9. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    I'll give you $350 for that p bass and that's the best I can do.
     
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  10. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    Just saw this picture on the internet lol:
    download.

    OP. Congrats, that black '75 p is beautiful.
     
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  11. Dluxe

    Dluxe

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Invest a few hundred for the correct pickguard, pickup and bridge. Excellent score.
     
  12. angelopbass

    angelopbass Supporting Member

    May 18, 2011
    struthers, ohio
    Thanks peeps. I'm pretty excited about it. I fell in love with a 70s p bass 15 years ago and that's been my dream bass ever since. My ideal one would be black with a black pickguard,"upgraded" bridge (sorry I'm not a purist) and Duncan pickups. But the bartolinis sound great so I'll probably leave all as is.
     
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  13. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Is this a duplicate post?
     
  14. Aaron Houts

    Aaron Houts

    Jan 10, 2014
    Flo Rida
    Which Duncan pickups do you like?
     
  15. angelopbass

    angelopbass Supporting Member

    May 18, 2011
    struthers, ohio
    1/4 pounders have been my thing for years
     
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  16. xJasonSmithx

    xJasonSmithx

    Jun 25, 2003
    Denver, CO
    I'll trade you some 1/4 pounders for those Barts if you are interested @angelopbass .
     
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  18. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

    I've got a '62 40' Chris Craft Constellation that needs an anchor. I was looking at a '75 P for just that purpose.
     
  19. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Feb 7, 2009
    Kalifornia
    Nice work. I hate you. ;-)
     
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  20. REMBO

    REMBO

    Jul 26, 2011
    Connecticut
    Interesting seam on that body... is that original??
     

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