help me ID my new bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gadela, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. gadela


    Apr 6, 2012
    ok, by ID i mean i know that it's a fender precision bass. but the serial number is sadly scratched off of the headstock.

    but hopefully the pictures can perhaps tell a story and some sort of fender guru can let me know what they think i actually have?

    i bought it off of a friend here in town... but he bought it as a pawn shop special, so the history is lost.

    now on to the pics, thanks all.

    Fender Precision Bas - a set on Flickr

    Picture 148 by gadela, on Flickr

    Picture 150 by gadela, on Flickr

    Picture 152 by gadela, on Flickr

    Picture 157 by gadela, on Flickr

    Picture 132 by gadela, on Flickr

    Picture 134 by gadela, on Flickr

    Picture 137 by gadela, on Flickr

    Picture 138 by gadela, on Flickr

    Picture 142 by gadela, on Flickr

    Picture 146 by gadela, on Flickr

    Picture 144 by gadela, on Flickr
  2. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    It's a Fender, made in Japan probably somewhere from '85 to '89. It looks like the slightly lower quality hardware package was being exported at the time, but nothing "wrong" with that per say. It was pretty common for people to scratch off the "Made in Japan" portion of headstock detail, it looks like somebody removed the entire decal and put on a 70's style decal on it...then it got scratched, or wore off somehow.

    These are great basses, enjoy!
  3. gadela


    Apr 6, 2012
    oh no!!! i bought this thinking it was USA made!

    so what are the indicators of the MIJ?
  4. gadela


    Apr 6, 2012
    does the 81 on the potentiometers not mean 1981 then?
  5. michael_atw


    Feb 28, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    The PB-331 neck pocket stamps.
  6. michael_atw


    Feb 28, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
  7. michael_atw


    Feb 28, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    I think it's because it's a Squier model, but I could be wrong.

    EDIT: Yes, it was because it was a Squier. PB-331 is Squier.
  8. knigel


    Apr 20, 2009
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
  9. gadela


    Apr 6, 2012
    thanks alot for everything so far. so these were MIJ squier models, or were they Fender models, squier series?

    any other info would be greatly appreciated.
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Squier MIJ, I do believe. Other than the bogused up decals, looks pretty hot. A medium scale Precision would be quite cool. I dig medium and small scale basses a lot.
  11. Duke21


    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    Nice p-bass, you are actually lucky that it is a MIJ Squier not so many of these around. Very well build, will serve you nicely! :)

    Btw, I didn't know basses could be connected to the PC via iPod cables..... Those MIJ basses are way ahead of times! :)
  12. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    32" scale?
  13. michael_atw


    Feb 28, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    Squier, not Fender.
  14. Duke21


    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    I think they called Fender , Squier series. It is the later years when the name changed to Squier by Fender
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