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I've got a jones for a P bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BawanaRik, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I still miss my 1959 that Dave Larue ended up with back in the late eighties. Best P bass I had. I also realize that I'll never be able to afford another one quite like that.

    What I might be able to do is an early 70s rosewood burst.

    What's a good price for one of these? I got a line on a brown one that's allegedly factory brown but I can't dig the color. And it's maple.

    What's the numbers I should be looking at? Any other advice would be welcome.
  2. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Actually the fender American standards 2008 or after are no joke.
  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    No clue on pricing for vintage models. It's a case by case basis.

    However, as mentioned the MIA 08'+ models are awesome as are the AVRI's.
  4. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I realize that. One of my few point of really being narrow minded is that I think a Fender should have the serial number on the backing plate.

    I do have a MIJ Strat with the serial number on the headstock. So I can deal.

    In fact I would consider a MIJ Precision
    if the deal was right. I would even consider a parts bass but have a hard time seeing how a parts bass would fetch more than a Fender.

    One of my "buddies" has a Mexican Strat and I fixed it after he neglected it to death. Not only did the guitar have the sound, but it played well. After I set it up.

    No one needs a 5K custom shop bass. It's nice but for the first decades of rock most bass tracks were tracked with an off the rack P-Bass and to a lesser extent an off the rack J-Bass.

    Even if Donald Duck eventually had a signature model he paid the bills with a beat up stock P-Bass, wearing out those top five frets.

  5. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    You should really look at the AVRI's then :) They are MIA, some of the older ones are MIJ.

    The 62' and 57' are both great basses. It's been said many times that you're getting a Fender Custom Shop bass at production level pricing. Having played a few CS models, I'm inclined to agree.
  6. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    BIG +1
    Also the "Roadworn P-Bass are killer to.
  7. xander8280


    Dec 29, 2011
    I see prices in vintage guitar magazine and on the bay and here. A fair price is about 2 grand for a 70s fender. Mint condition I guess 4. But 2 is fair in my opinion.

    But people love to raise the price and want 5 to 7 thousand. It's like, come on....it's not a 60's or back. It's CBS(everybody will shove that down your throat until the end of time)
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    If it makes you feel any better, it's been long gone out of Dave's collection ;)
  9. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Dave could play that thing better than I ever could. He deserved it much more me.

    That was a great bass


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