Is this 80s Fender Precision Bass real deal?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ProfessorWoland, Nov 30, 2021.

  1. ProfessorWoland


    Oct 28, 2021
    For a while I've been on the market trying to find a vintage Fender Bass and fulfil my childhood dreams.

    Recently I received a good deal on this bass, but the information provided by the owner don't match with I find online. He said it was a '77 bass, but I'm almost sure it's not older than '82.

    Can anyone help me confirm that and determine if this is the real deal or a neatly done copy?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    it’s not a 77
  3. ProfessorWoland


    Oct 28, 2021
    Yeah, no S7XXXXX on the headstock
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  4. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    the tuning machines and decal were more striking clues.
  5. ProfessorWoland


    Oct 28, 2021
    Could be, I'm no expert. What's different about the tuners though?
  6. nivagues


    Jan 18, 2002
    I'm thinking an American Vintage Reissue P Bass from the early 1980's (Fullerton USA) ?
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  7. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
    Later 80s reissue.
  8. Texaspandj


    Feb 13, 2021
    Heart Of Texas
    Looks like a vintage reissue of a vintage bass. I'd guess from the '80s.
    But whatever it is I Like It.
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  9. Early Corona U.S. Vintage Reissue.
  10. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    nailed it! maybe it's an '87. it looks like it sounds terrific! :cool:
  11. ProfessorWoland


    Oct 28, 2021
    Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts! Oli absolutely nailed it and now I am 100% sure that this is an early Corona factory instrument, dating from '87 to '90 (the year of my birth, so I guess this is meant to be )

    Cheers guys!
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  12. Eric Wolfe

    Eric Wolfe

    Jul 23, 2021
    Your intuition us right - not only is this not a '77, it's not a MIA at all...
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  13. J-Bass RMR

    J-Bass RMR Supporting Member

    Sounds like the 'ol wrap up to me :laugh:

    vintage-style, long stem, reverse tuners.

    My 1st impression was MIJ looking pickguard, however;
    "F Arelleno" is consistent with neck stamps from that time period (for US / late 80s-90)
    (I wonder if there's a data-base with Fender Employee names that appear on necks from different periods?)

    Possibly '90? V0 (not that anything w/Fender is absolute...)
    Fender Guitars Serial Number Decoder - GuitarInsite
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  14. ProfessorWoland


    Oct 28, 2021
    How come?
  15. ProfessorWoland


    Oct 28, 2021
    Thanks, good info?
  16. Phaidrus


    Oct 25, 2009
    That date stamp on the heel is so botched. C'mon Fender, buy some legible rubber stamps.
    Bass looks funky though!
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  17. The wear pattern on the upper horn is weird.
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  18. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    The 'V' on the neck plate puts it in the era of Fender's first "vintage" reissue mid-80's - Fullertons I think.
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  19. Panek


    Mar 20, 2009
    Warsaw, Poland
    Yeah, looks like a fake relic job.
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  20. Leonid Nidis

    Leonid Nidis

    Jan 1, 2018
    Early AVRI of a 62P I think,fullerton or not I dont know.
    I had a similar 1982 but the serial had one less digit.
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