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Hive Mind! Help me figure out the Value of a 1965 Fender P Bass!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jhonnybass, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Jhonnybass

    Jhonnybass Supporting Member

    Oh man here we go - I inherited this bass from an uncle that passed away few months ago. He was the second owner of the bass and apparently bought it from a high school music program back in the 70s for a few hundred bucks. He wasn't much of a player but enjoyed playing occasionally with his friends so the frets on this beast are in really good condition! I know this is a dream scenario for most bass players but I'm going to let it go because I still have school debt to pay off.

    I want to ask the hive mind what a fair selling price would be. Any input would be greatly appreciated! I took it in to a vintage bass specialist in town and this what he told me of the bass -

    "This is among the last pre-CBS, neck dates to 5 June '65. Electronics are all original except for one wire from the vol pot to the jack. CTS pots date 28th week of 1965, pickguard is replaced, low E tune gear screw was replaced. Pickup/bridge covers are missing, original frets in good condition"

    Here are some pictures - please let me know if I'll require any additional info/pictures to be able to successfully sell it.

    Thanks so much everyone!

    20170918_150235. 20170918_140316. 20170918_132153. 20170918_132122. 20170918_132428. 20170918_135123. 20170918_135335. 20170918_135351. 20170918_135420. 20170918_135517. 20170918_135547. 20170918_132148.
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  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Probably about $458. I can PayPal you.:)

    Seriously, guru George Gruhn will give you a written appraisal.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2017
  3. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    Case is original, too? Gotta be worth at least $500. Maybe $501. That's how well I can guess the value of a bass like that.
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I think the OP might be looking for real answers.
  5. Jhonnybass

    Jhonnybass Supporting Member

    Haha you guys are jokes
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  6. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    Reverb has 3 for sale right now, asking prices are like 6900 and up. Their closed sales are quite a bit lower than that, but they don't indicate how original any of them are. The 3 current ones appear to be all original and in somewhat better cosmetic condition than yours, and have the covers. Still. I think starting at 6k as an asking price might not be unreasonable
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  7. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
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  8. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    Also, 63's and 64's are comparable in asking prices. The 62s are substantially higher
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  9. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    I don't know anything about pricing, but just wanted to say WOW!
  10. 0volts

    0volts Supporting Member

    Please stop now and listen to a voice of reason. Sell something else, everything thing else if you need to. Or at least think about it for awhile. My magic 8 ball says you are going to regret selling this bass.

    I know, I know, you have bills. So do the rest of us, but one thing I don't have is my Uncle's 1965 P Bass.


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    For being "played occasionally" that thing has the perfect mojo! +100 to 0volts comments.
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  12. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    ^^^This^^^ You can get a photo appraisal for $75. He is one of if not the most respected authority.
    Appraisals He always appraises high. As an aside CBS bought Fender the end of DEC 1964, so 1965 instruments are indeed CBS even though still made in the original Fender Factory. CBS would build and complete and new factory in 1966. As has already been mentioned, you see vintage instruments selling for much less nowadays. The Great Recession all but destroyed this market from which there has been little if any recovery. I would keep this bass and just continue to pay your student loans.
  13. Kmrumedy


    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Do you want to sell reasonably quickly or wait forever for it to sell it? Selling at vintage appraisals pricing will make it sit for quite a while. The neck is not a pre-CBS date and dot markers are not correct.

    It is a great bass. My best guess having sold some similar basses to members here - if you ask in the $6200-$6500 I would expect offers to be in the low 5's ( ie. $5200-$5500 US - about $6700 CDN). Which is what I think you would get for it up here in Canada.

    The other thing I would consider is that your uncle willed this bass to YOU. He must of had a good reason for doing so. I bet it made him very happy knowing something he cared for, owned for so long, and quite valuable was going to a good home and to someone he obviously cared a whole bunch about.

    And.....your just going to flip it?

    As suggested above....think long and hard about it. Real shame to sell it before you even spend some time on it.
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  14. Jhonnybass

    Jhonnybass Supporting Member

    Thanks for the kind words of advice everyone! The money isn't just going to pay off student debt - it's also going to be used to help my mother out since she's in a rough spot and needs dental work done that isn't covered by insurance. This is my main motivator for selling it and I'm sure my uncle would have understood. I also have a 73 P that I got from him so I'll still get to hang on to one of the basses that he loved.
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  15. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    CME has a '65 listed for $7500 right now. But it's in incredibly good condition. figure with the condition yours is in a dealer might ask somewhere around half that. However, just how much a dealer would offer you is anybody's guess.

    Might want to contact Norman's Rare Guitars and see if they can give you some idea. They're one of the few I know who advertise they buy player grade vintage instruments because they also do vintage restorations.
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  16. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    $5,000 USD was what I was thinking.
  17. LT131


    Jan 25, 2015
    Deep South
    Geddy would not go a nickel below $32,000 USD.
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  18. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    it's a shame the original tort guard was replaced with a 70's/80's style black guard.
    That alone is a $400-500 piece.
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  19. Admiral Akbar

    Admiral Akbar

    Mar 12, 2013
    New York
    As someone who constantly trolling the "vintage market" (not that that makes me an expert), but in my experience, anywhere between $5,000-$6,000 is reasonable.

    GC Vintage is another good place to check out. They've got a more than a few basses of similar vintage in this condition.

    Good luck with the sale.
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  20. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    If Gruhn is the most respected authority why would his appraisals be considered high? I would think the appraisals of the most respected authority are also the most accurate and all other appraisals are low or high as compared to his appraisal.

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