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Help me date my pbass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shakes41, Jun 10, 2019 at 6:05 PM.


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  1. shakes41

    shakes41

    Feb 18, 2012
    Halifax
    hey guys would love to nail down the year of my beloved pbass.

    Bass didn’t have the original neck plate w/ serial number and the date stamp has worn off. (Pictured below)

    I guess it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day, but would be interesting to figure it out.. bought it as a 68-69 but seller was uncertain, it’s definitly legit that I know.. but has had a refinish (sporting a candy apple red finish with silver base)

    Also not sure if these pickups are original or not ! Thanks
     

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  2. shakes41

    shakes41

    Feb 18, 2012
    Halifax
    Not sure why it got posted 3 times !! Sorry bout that
     
  3. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Wanna date? Bottle of wine and a Barry White album.
     
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  4. Clark W

    Clark W Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    Well the pups look as old or older than the bass. She's held up to the years really well. Gorgeous bass.
     
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  5. slagbass

    slagbass Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    Canada
    If the pots are original, a shot showing the serial numbers on them would allow the Fender experts to provide some guidance.
     
  6. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I'm not sure there is enough in those pictures to definitively tell a '68 from a '69. However, I thought the r-in-circle stamp on the tuning machines happened in the '70s. Hopefully somebody with a better memory than me will show up, because those look more like mid-70s logos on the tuning machines.
     
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  7. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    On the original bridge, was the G string saddle bolt/screw unusually long?
     
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  8. shakes41

    shakes41

    Feb 18, 2012
    Halifax
    Awesome, I’ll post ASAP
     
  9. shakes41

    shakes41

    Feb 18, 2012
    Halifax
    It didn’t come with the original bridge, I’ve since put in a 60’s RI bridge
     
  10. shakes41

    shakes41

    Feb 18, 2012
    Halifax
    If you look at the neck date stamp , it’s starts with a 6 .. but the next number is impossible to read
     
  11. shakes41

    shakes41

    Feb 18, 2012
    Halifax
    I read they changed the logos starting in 68
     
  12. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I saw that, but couldn't really tell if it was a 6 or the last letter of the month. Does it read "5JUL6#" ?

    If so, those tuning machines don't make sense with what I thought I knew. I thought the logo was added in '68, but the r-in-circle didn't show up until somewhere late '70 or very early '71.
     
  13. shakes41

    shakes41

    Feb 18, 2012
    Halifax
    All 68 that show up on reverb or google search have the R and the same logo on the tuners
     
  14. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Your search doesn't work like my search, but I didn't break out my Fender bass book to confirm, either. Truth be told, I'm not sure if I know where it is.

    Fender 1968 Fender Precision Bass 1968 See Thru Blonde
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    Fender Precision Bass 1969 Sunburst | William's Gear Locker
    [​IMG]

    I did see this '69 at CME, though, and it matches yours...
    Fender Precision Bass Sunburst 1969 (s489)
    [​IMG]
     
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  15. shakes41

    shakes41

    Feb 18, 2012
    Halifax
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  16. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Like this? Would this be an original Fender bridge? If so, what era?

    Edit: after some further investigation it appears this bridge was used from 69 to 72. It's been in my parts drawer for decades.
    420C03D7-C084-4D53-945D-8A1399DA33DD.
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2019 at 6:27 AM
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  17. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    Need help dating a Pbass? Bring flowers.
     
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  18. shakes41

    shakes41

    Feb 18, 2012
    Halifax
    7AD0DC8E-BFC9-4387-87C3-A53CB2E32C70.
     
  19. shakes41

    shakes41

    Feb 18, 2012
    Halifax
    Hard to say if they are original , but those would be ‘73 ?
     
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  20. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Bass is pretty easy to get into bed and usually doesn't require dating , easier than a guitar some say :D
     
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