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Help! Identify if it's a real Fender P-Bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by apolinario87, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. apolinario87


    Dec 13, 2013
    (Sorry for my poor English.)

    Hi! A new member here and a newbie with vintage basses!

    I know you can help me! Someone is selling this Precision Bass w/ hardcase for $500:











    Owner told me this bass has active electronics (what the...?)... A supposed 70's Precision Bass with active electronics?
    Is that possible?

    Please, guys! Help me! It's a genuine Fender bass or a nice looking fake?

    Thank you!
  2. stevebartlett


    May 26, 2013
    Its a 70's P Bass for sure. I doubt that it has active electronics but for $500 I grab it in a second!
  3. apolinario87


    Dec 13, 2013
    I think the same, but the owner says that it has active electronics...
  4. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Could be active. Those are not stock pups. Could be EMG's, so at the very least the electronics have been replaced.

    That definitely does not look like a stock paint job to me but I'm no expert on Fender.
  5. I'm no expert, but the logo and darkened headstock finish sure make it look like a 70's p-bass. The pickups are not original, but $500 is a bargain as long as it plays well. Try before buying.
  6. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    If it has active electronics they are aftermarket.

    The pickguard bothers me
    The paint job is obviously not original
    The inlays are weird (are the abalone?)

    Otherwise it looks fairly legit. If it's a 70's model, I'm better 77' or later based on the headstock logo and the lack of a SN on the neck plate.
  7. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist

    Jul 29, 2013
    Agree with the assesments above. It looks like a 70s P that has been modded and refinished. If you like the feel and sound (and look), I'd say $500 is reasonable.
  8. It's easy enough to check if the bass is active or not—just take off the pickguard, and see if there's a battery somewhere inside.

    But those pickups do look like they may be aftermarket replacements.

    Have you checked out the serial number to get an idea on how old the bass is? There are several sites that have extensive serial number data that can give you a fairly good idea of how old the neck is at least.

    BTW, it's a very nice bass! Great score!!
  9. apolinario87


    Dec 13, 2013
    Thanks, everybody!!!

    If everything seems ok and bass playing/sound is fine,
    I'll buy it definitely.

    Any other advice?
  10. michael_atw


    Feb 28, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    You haven't given us enough info.

    The only thing I can ID is the neck. 100% 1978-1981 Fender.

    The rest is suspect.

    But to be fair, the neck is worth $500 USD alone if you are talking USD..

    Also, the knobs and bridge look like they might be as well. The body finish is not; the pickup is not, neither is the pickguard.
  11. apolinario87


    Dec 13, 2013
    I know I must check electronics, neck and body date, SN...
  12. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    Yes - when you get it home, take some nice pictures and post a NBD (new bass day) thread!
  13. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist

    Jul 29, 2013
    The only other advice I would give is that you ask the seller a lot of questions (has it been refinished? has it been modded? is the body original? is the hardware original?). Ultimately, as mentioned, it looks like a reasonable deal, even if it has been refinished and modded, but the seller may be able to give you more specific details about the history of the bass.
  14. Dan55


    Apr 26, 2006
    Looks like a '70s P that's has been modded/painted. Probably worth the $500 asking price if it plays/sounds OK.

  15. apolinario87


    Dec 13, 2013
    That's all the info I've been able to get... :meh:

    Tomorrow will be the day that I can finally see it in my hands. :bassist:
  16. apolinario87


    Dec 13, 2013
    Be sure that I will, brother!
  17. lundborg


    Apr 8, 2008
    Go for it.
  18. apolinario87


    Dec 13, 2013
    I'll keep that in mind! :D
  19. apolinario87


    Dec 13, 2013
  20. Yeah I like it as is, very different and I agree the neck looks genuine. Good luck!