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Is this Fender Precision real or fake?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SorryImADrummer, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. SorryImADrummer


    Nov 12, 2013
    Hey guys, new here.
    I currently own a 5-string, been helping out playing bass for my buddy's band (been a drummer for 11 years, guitarist for 9) and I've been look into trading it for a 4-string. I put my ad up and got a response from this man who was offering a P-bass? Something just sounds fishy to me considering the Fender basses I've come across usually have the "Precision Bass" text BESIDE the Fender logo rather than below.

    Think you guys can help me figure out whether I'm about to get ripped off here? I know a ton of about drums and guitars... lacking in the bass department though lol.


    Thanks again guys.
  2. BenWhoPlaysBass


    Jun 7, 2013
    There are Fenders with the logo like that one... Thing that's throwing me off is the pickguard and aftermarket knobs. Serial numbers are in the right place and so are the stickers on the neck plate... But I'm no expert. I'd get a little more info on it. Serial number, when it was made, etc.
  3. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    Did you bother digging around on the Fender site, bro?
  4. Looks like a Mexican 50's p Reissue. It has also had a varitone mod added(black ring under volume knob). this mod is completely reversible so it shouldn't have any negative effect on value. I think these go in the $800 range new, but I haven't looked at one recently, so I could be way off.
  5. SorryImADrummer


    Nov 12, 2013
    Oh wow. I checked the website, but apparently not thoroughly enough. Sorry about that, and thanks.
  6. MIMike


    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    Looks like a legit Mexican made Precision to me. The maple board, logo style and gold pickgard seem to indicate a 50s reissue type model. Looks in good shape too. I have seen these run on average in the $350-$500 used range, depending on condition and seller motivation. I have also seen them in rough shape for as little as $250. What is the value of what you have to trade?
  7. FWIW, I've seen the Classic '50s go for slightly higher than a Standard MIM P, particularly if it's a later year when they switched to a lacquer finish opposed to poly. They go for about $300 higher than a MIM P new. One in mint shape can fetch up to $500.

    They are actually very nice. I have a 2006 and it plays like a dream.

    That knob is funky. ;)
  8. SorryImADrummer


    Nov 12, 2013
    For those of you wondering, he offered that bass for my bass. I grabbed this bass from a guy who apparently bought this at an auction. There's no logo or anything on the headstock. It plays amazing, but I have not one clue on the specs.

  9. Jsn

    Jsn upright citizen

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Don't know what that is, but looks to be a well-made custom maker. If it plays amazingly, I have a hard time believing a MIM P-bass is going to top it,
  10. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I'd make the trade, but what do I know?
  11. Draculea


    Oct 2, 2011
    Mexico City
    Looks like an antonio Tsai a Taiwan based builder... Take a look for some info about your bass on his website: http://www.antoniotsaiart.com/
  12. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    I would trade.
  13. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    It's a Fender Classic '50s MIM Precision, so it's worth around $. 480.00 if secondhand

    Solid black finish, gold anodized aluminum pickguard and "below Fender" Precision logo match with heel truss rod adjustment, Vintage ordinary screw bridge, skunkstripe (neck/fingerboard is off one piece a maple) and reverse winding "kluson" machinehead

    You could always sell it for the same price you paid but I bet you'll end up not partin' ways with it

  14. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland

    Not sure why there is a black disk under the volume control, but it looks stock otherwise and in good condition.
  15. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    I don't think it's a Varitone, but a tuner.
  16. darrenmt


    Dec 15, 2004
    Definately looks like a MIM Fender Classic 50s Precision. Not sure if that finish is poly or nitro. I did read somewhere that the black ones were offered in nitro. As for the volume knob, not sure what that black disk is.

    If it plays and sounds anything like a roadworn, it's a good score.
  17. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
  18. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I would never trade a bass that plays "amazing" for a run of the mill Mexican Fender. There are a bazillion of MIM Pbasses out there on the used market. If you want one of those, buy one. They're dirt cheap.

    Don't trade that Carl Thompson knockoff until you find out who made it. That Antonio Tsai model looks mighty close, but I don't think it's that.
  19. SorryImADrummer


    Nov 12, 2013
    Thanks for the tips guys. To be honest, when I bought the no-name bass, I got the guy all the way down to like 280 bucks for the bass. He just wanted to get rid of it. I think he paid around 600 for it.

    Super interested in finding out who made it now. Wish there was any sort of logo on it.
  20. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    Think thats an N-Tune tuner pot-have them on many of my guitars.

    I could be wrong