How rare was the Candy Apple Red Fender P

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jellydonut, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. Brian, did you ever see that CAR P bass I had? It was my main bass until 1995, it had a lollipop tuner 66 inlayed J neck on it for most of the time I owned it.
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  2. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Yep. Everybody got hooked on those natural wood finishes from Alembic for awhile. My SO’s brother had a white 68 Mustang with red tort and that über rare “long hairline cracks” finish which he stripped and redid with Minwax Fruitwood stain in ‘71.

    He’s never forgiven himself.
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  3. TonH


    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    In the 80's there was the Precision Special in CAR with matching headstock:

  4. Robert B

    Robert B Somewhere under the rainbow Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Rittman, OH, USA
    I can't say how rare they were, but I knew of them back in the '60s before I bought a used '65 around 1970.
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  5. InstantEctobass


    Feb 18, 2018
    3 knobs???
  6. TonH


    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
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  7. InstantEctobass


    Feb 18, 2018
    Oh yes!!! I think I've also see the one model with 2 split-coil pickups! But I didn't like the blended result on that particul model. However the Fender Jazz Bass Blacktop Crafted in China models with 2 split-coil pikcups, with the bridge one being less on the bridge side compared to that 80s Precision Bass, got my attention in terms of tone. Sounded like 70s Jazz but FATTER. Yummy
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  8. TonH


    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    That was the Precision Elite II, see my avatar and

  9. InstantEctobass


    Feb 18, 2018
    Oh dear lord, I didn't even see your profile picture! Yes that was the Elite. Just checked a video YouTube again, not a fan of the two humbuckers blended. But the Blacktop yes.

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  10. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    edit: forget it!
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  11. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Ok, let me send you my home address in this case... :smug: Welcome aboard OP. :thumbsup:
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  12. pht2356


    Apr 28, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Got to love a red pbass

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  13. Among the Fender “custom colours” (which was just about anything not named sunburst) the CAR was definitely one of the more common choices. Much rarer is Sherwood green and Torino red. Burgundy mist as well.
    If you carrried enough weight, or perhaps had deep enough pockets, you could get a true custom colour of any auto related paint. Fender would send these out to auto customizers for painting. See Dick Dale and his Del tones band for an example of this.
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  14. John Chambliss

    John Chambliss Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    There may be differences also in the paint undercoat - Fender used gold at one time, but may have used silver as well.
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  15. Charley Umbria

    Charley Umbria I'm Really a Drummer Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Rock City, TN
    I love CAR basses and @Jellydonut yours looks great! Judging by the paint traces left in the neck pocket, my `69 P used to be CAR. :(

    But, eh, that's OK. The bass has a smooth B-width neck, and sounds fantastic. Besides, f the body hadn't been stripped, I probably wouldn't have been able to afford it!


  16. BrentD


    Jun 7, 2008
    Lansing, MI
    I prefer the look of the silver undercoat, but like both. Candy Cola from around ten years ago in Fender's offerings is allegedly the same but with a copper undercoat.
  17. Jellydonut

    Jellydonut Inactive

    Jul 30, 2019
    So CAR has a few layers true? Metallic underneath or something like that?
    I wonder if that makes the finish long lasting or not as much- or neither.
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  18. BrentD


    Jun 7, 2008
    Lansing, MI
    I don't know about durability but it's multiple layers. The one underneath is a metallic gold or silver. Then a translucent red goes over the top. I have heard it's kind of like a red Jolly Rancher in color.
  19. rockdoc11


    Sep 2, 2000
    Yep. IIRC, when I had my refin done in the 1990s by John Bolin of Bolin Guitars, he told me that Fender would do CAR with either a silver metallic or gold metallic undercoat to shine through the red. He suggested that the gold undercoat would look best, and I think he was right.

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  20. Yep, true candy colours are supposed to be somewhat translucent layers over a base metallic colour. This is why, even in their heyday of the 70’s, guys were paying a fortune for getting their hot rods sprayed with candy colours.
    IIRC, I have seen pictures here of somebody’s vintage CAR p bass where the underlying metallic base coat was going a funny colour where the paint was worn down to the wood (exposing that base coat to oxygen.)
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