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How to know if it is a real 1974 p-bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rhcp76, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Hi guys!
    I am looking to buy a 1974 p-bass from a guy but I want to be sure it is the real deal.
    Beside the serial #, is there something else I should check? Should I look for something particular?
    For now, the only thing i know is that it's black body with a rosewood fretboard.
  2. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    1) Serial number
    2) Pot codes
    3) Code Stamps on bottom of pickups
    4) Neck Heel Code
  3. I have a 70's P Bass, but I change the pups and pots to get rid of a problem I had with the pups... They kept picking up local radio stations when I played, so I changed them and the pots and wiring out.... So although I agree that checking out the things that FunkyMcNasty said, the serial is probably a very good place to start with.....
  4. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    Serial number is straight forward. Look it up on the Fender web page
    Pot Codes- Take pick guard off and check the codes on the bottom of the pots. Should go something like:
    • 137 = CTS brand pots
    • 78 = 1978
    • 32 = 32nd week of production
    Code stamp on pickups should read something like 74-5984 or 74-5412 something like that. The 74 is what your looking for
    Take the neck off and read the stamp on the heal.

    Should read something like B0103-11-44
    • B = neck width which is 1-5/8” at the nut
    • 01 = code for Precision Bass
    • 03 = code for Fretted Maple Neck
    • 11 = 11th week of production
    • 4= 1974
    • 4 = made on the 4th day of the week

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