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Help identifying Fender Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PeterC29, Feb 15, 2016.


  1. PeterC29

    PeterC29

    Feb 15, 2016
    Hi all,

    I've become the caretaker for my late bro-in-law's Fender bass. I think he had it for quite a long time. Any help with the type and vintage would be appreciated. Is it a Precision bass? Might the serial number be under the neck joint cover?

    Peter

    3203721-e3a050fb80daf9da8862dce0d5a71abd. 3203722-2373afcbd2a1343a051cb27b21fa21c3. 3203723-c337c34dd47f4866760d5c3d6fc40959.
    3203724-63842ea020b35b689f4638a4073159b9. 3203727-e7b3255ba022f19f333c6f79dc2a560c.
    3203725-de8296178bd60232cc9b6973e8032a07. 3203726-f011d54c62ae945304cf5d217ced18e2.
     

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  2. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Welcome! My initial opinion is that it MAY possibly be a Fender neck, though the head is shaped slightly wrong, the nut and tuners aren't original. The body MAY be original, but the pickups are not, nor are the pickguard, bridge and knobs. The 4 holes in the back of the body are very crooked and not original. The neck plate and screws are brand new. The headstock decal is also wrong. At best this may be an poorly altered 70's Telecaster bass, at worst an equally poorly modded import parts bass.
     
  3. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Agreed with everything above. The bridge looks like an actual BAII, so there is that...

    Any chance of pics of the neck pocket and heel?
     
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  4. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    And there won't be a serial number anywhere. It would have been on the neckplate. :-(
     
  5. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Another odd thought. Might this have been a last-year (or close--79-ish) Tele with the original logo and serial sanded off the face, along with not having had string through ferrules?
     
  6. PeterC29

    PeterC29

    Feb 15, 2016
    Thanks very much for your insight! I'd be happy to take a picture of the neck pocket and heel. I started to unscrew the chrome cover and when I saw how long that first screw was I put it back! If I take off the cover and those screws, it looks like the neck will come off. Is that right?

    Any precautions to take before I do that? I assume release tension on the strings and then unscrew the three screws. Is there any order? Is reassembly just the reverse? Thanks again.
     
  7. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Cool bass none the less!!
     
  8. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Correct, the neck will come off. Definitely remove the tension from the strings first. If you're not comfortable doing it, don't risk it. It's a very common thing to do and there shouldn't be a problem, but no need to go beyond your comfort zone either.
     

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