Is this bass worth 500 and is it stock?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KablesP, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. KablesP


    Oct 29, 2013

    The bass is for sale at Guitar Center. Its a 1980 Fender Precision Special. But most of these basses I have read about only have a single P pickup, as well as active pickups with a switch by the input jack.

    This bass has a J pickup and it does not look like there is a switch. Do you think its just a 1980 neck on a different body? The hardware seems to match up all being gold but I can't be sure.

    If it seems legit and plays nice, I just might go buy it.
  2. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    At a minmum, the neck came from a different body or the body has been refinished. The rest I don't know, but why would the headstock be red and the body be natural if there wasn't something odd going on? If it sounds and feels good, who cares if it is stock, though. You could do worse for $500.
  3. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    No, it's not stock at at all, and the original finish is stripped.
    Non original pickups, non original pickguard too. Looks like it was likely converted to a passive bass.

    The 80-83 Special only had one pickup which had white covers, and an active/passive preamp with the toggle by the jack.
  4. KablesP


    Oct 29, 2013
    Im looking for a P/J bass and this looks pretty awesome but I have also seen the new Active P Bass Deluxes made in Mexico that are only going for 350 used at guitar center.

    I wonder how this bass sounds...I actually like the natural look of it. Looks like EMGs?
  5. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    A definite "no" on both questions.
  6. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    It's clearly not even close to stock, but if you like the look, feel, and sound, it could easily be worth $500. If you don't, then it isn't.
  7. Wesley R

    Wesley R Supporting Member

    Not stock, yet if it really talks to you, and you truly love the feel, etc., then what does it being stock (other than resale value) have to do with it?

    Being worth $500, is probably a regional question as well as personal. No way in heck for me, YMMV.
  8. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    There's nothing stock on that bass.
  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Though it does look interesting. Wonder what the feel, tone is like?
  10. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    If it plays well and sounds good I'd say it's easily worth 500, but not something you'd be able to flip for a profit.
  11. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    As other posts mentioned, no, it's not worth $500 if you're considering the overall resale value of the instrument on paper. Something like this would be a $200-300 purchase perhaps as it's not stock.
    Now, it may be worth $500 to you if it plays awesome despite it's mish-mash appearance. It might have that one of a kind sound and feel because of it, you'll never know unless you try it first. (Then compare it to stock Fenders)
  12. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    The body looks like it was originally painted, because the difference in appearance of the center piece is too dark to have been acceptable for use in a clear finish body.
  13. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Actually, there is a good deal left of the original bass. The tuners, string tree, bridge are original. There were originally only 2 knobs, but the knobs look gold plated, so at least 2 of the knobs may be original. In fact, the neck itself seems intact and unmolested.

    Of course, the more important parts have been damaged. The pickups/electronics are most certainly not original, nor is the pickguard. The body has been routed, and the nice original finish has been removed. Is it worth $500....I don't know. I wouldn't pay $500 for it.
  14. Arial Bender

    Arial Bender

    Oct 28, 2012
    Largo Fla.
    Is the neck off center?
  15. I like it. It definitely has some character with that painted headstock. If she plays well and sounds good, buy it. But, if the price tag says $500, you can bet you can get for less than that, for sure. NEVER PAY WHAT THEY'RE ASKIN'!!!
  16. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    GC used to be flexible in their used gear prices. Not anymore. Unless a guitar has been hanging on the wall for several months, GC won't even discuss dropping the prices. It's been this way for a while now.
  17. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    I'd give it a month before they do a price drop. I've seen $399 guitars drop down to $199 in that amount of time at GC. I bought one that dropped from $299 to $79.99 in about two months. Pulled the trigger as soon as it went below $100. If I remember correctly, it was a Washburn.
    As the post above by smcd mentioned, they won't negotiate prices these days, but they do drastic price drops when no-one's buying it.
  18. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    If I saw that bass at a shop for $500. I'd surely put it on layaway, poplar center block and all.

    It doesn't look like Fender routing around the J pup.
  19. Session1969


    Dec 2, 2010
    Yeah, I noticed that. Makes their new gear more attractive, price wise.