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Is this 1969 P bass the real deal?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassCanadabass, May 11, 2018.


  1. bassCanadabass

    bassCanadabass Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    Hey Talkbass,

    I placed an order for a 1969 P bass on Rerverb.com, was hoping some vintage experts could confirm its legit before I send payment (seller can't ship it till next week anyways).
    Thanks so much!

    Here's the ad with some of the pictures:

    Fender Precision Bass Sunburst 1969

    The rest of the pictures I'll attach to this message, cheers!
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2018
  2. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    I don't see anything obvious that says it isn't a genuine 1969.

    Hopefully you got a good deal on it. All those mods (_very_ commonly done in the 70's) should have dropped the price by almost half.
     
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  3. bassCanadabass

    bassCanadabass Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    Thanks for looking at it @lz4005 ! Besides the bridge pickup rout, do you notice any other mods?
    I got it for $2700 Canadian, which is about $2115 USD
     
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  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Looks legit but I'm not really excited about the price given the modification...but that's just me.

    Riis
     
  5. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    Enlarged control cavity, added volume pot and hole in the pickguard for it to stick through. But you probably knew that.
     
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  6. bassCanadabass

    bassCanadabass Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    Right, thanks!
     
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  7. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Not sure on the black bottom pickups, either. With those mods, it's a $1600 bass at most, realistically.
     
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  8. bassCanadabass

    bassCanadabass Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    @FranF ouch, looks like I might have overpaid. Someone else noticed the wiring wasn't right, should be black and white. I might try to get out of it if the pickup's non original, thats a big part of the appeal for me. Thanks for the incite!
     
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  9. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    There certainly are more complete and unmolested late 60s/early 70s P basses available for around the same money. I just got a 100% original '72 P in sunburst/tort/rosewood last year for $1800. They're out there!
     
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  10. The A width neck may well be original, but is less common.
    While the mods may devalue it from a collector's point of view,
    if it is what you would have done anyway, then they are a plus.
     
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  11. bassCanadabass

    bassCanadabass Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    @Bill Whitehurst I believe its a B width. I wouldn't have added the J pup, but to be honest, I appreciate the added versatility.
     
  12. bassCanadabass

    bassCanadabass Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2009
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  13. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    I'm pretty familiar with canadian values. Seems reasonable to me. Unmolested ones are selling for $4k in Ontario. If it's a good player, and the mods don't bother you, it's a goodun. I would have bought it.
     
  14. bassCanadabass

    bassCanadabass Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    Thanks for the perspective @Paulabass ! If I'm not in love with it when it arrives, maybe I'll sell it to ya!
     
  15. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Just got my ‘69 P appraised for insurance purposes. All original including case.
    Excellent condition —- players wear.

    Appraised value $2950. I’d start at $3500 if I were selling, but I’m not.
     
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  16. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Yeah, if it sucks sell it to Paula. Hmmm...
     
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  17. bassCanadabass

    bassCanadabass Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    Awesome @john m , I'll definitely get it insured when it arrives. $2950 USD = about $3782 Canadian
     
  18. Bass'd on a true story

    Bass'd on a true story

    Jun 28, 2015
    That neck is in unbelievable condition if that's a real '69. That fingerboard looks immaculate.
     
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  19. bassCanadabass

    bassCanadabass Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    @Bass'd on a true story thats one of the reasons I was stoked about it! Not into those vintage instruments with flat frets
     
  20. Dluxe

    Dluxe

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Something is up with the fingerboard. The 12th fret dots look too far apart and it should not be a slab board but curved. Paging @The Bass Clef
     
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