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late 70s P-Bass Help

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Richard89, Feb 16, 2008.


  1. Richard89

    Richard89

    May 7, 2007
    Sweden
    I just bought this old Fender Precision Bass for about $1500. According to the serial on the headstock and on a sticker on the body under the neck, it seems to be a 1977-1978. But under the pickups there's a sticker that says " serial 06 20 80 ".

    It would be nice if someone could give me any info about this bass:)

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  2. Looks like a authentic neck on a replacement body.
     
  3. Richard89

    Richard89

    May 7, 2007
    Sweden
    :eek:

    Because the sticker under the pickup?
     
  4. Richard89

    Richard89

    May 7, 2007
    Sweden
    I removed the neck, and the sticker in the neck-pocket has the same serial as the headstock (see image below). So obviously it is not a replacement body.
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    The number on the sticker under the pickup must relate to something else, what do you think?
     
  5. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    looks like the date of the body 6-20-1980?
     
  6. Richard89

    Richard89

    May 7, 2007
    Sweden
    yeah, but the serial on the headstock and neckpocket seems to indicate that it is a '78 or '79.

    BTW I think the neck is very similar to a Jazz Bass, I have heard that the Jazz-neck was optional at the time, is that correct?

    And what do you think about the price I paid ($1500)?
     
  7. southshoreconor

    southshoreconor

    Oct 30, 2007
    The Road
    Endorsing Artist: Fender Musical Instruments, SIT strings
    1500 is reasonable i would say. as long as it sounds awesome of course. i just got a 77/78 for 1200 and i thought i was pretty lucky to find that.
     
  8. elgranluis

    elgranluis

    Feb 14, 2003
    El paso, TX
    " So obviously it is not a replacement body. "

    The pickguard is not a replacement. My guess is that you either got a 1980 bass put together from leftover stock, or that your body is altogether a 1980 replacement. Just remove the sticker on the body, and now it's a 1978. ;)

    Seriously, the 70s leftover necks were used in the early eighties. And the rule about dating a bass is that you stick to the oldest date. If the pots were '82, then your bass can't be a 79, right? Now, body is stamped 1980....

    i think 1500 is ok if it's a great player, considering the new ones sell for a bit under that.
     
  9. M5Yates

    M5Yates

    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    It's a 1980 bass. Fender used the S8xxxxx serial numbers from 1977 until 1983.
     
  10. Richard89

    Richard89

    May 7, 2007
    Sweden
    But does the number under the pickup really indicate the year?

    And what could this indicate?: DSC01422-9.
     
  11. Thunder_Fingers

    Thunder_Fingers

    Jun 24, 2004
    Norway
    Well,serial and logo on my bass say it's a 75, but neckstamp says 2nd week of January 77.. I think Fender had a few "random" parts made in different years lying around in thoose days ;) The body im not sure on, as i cant find any markings on it, other than a stamp in the neckpocket.
     
  12. Richard89

    Richard89

    May 7, 2007
    Sweden
    :) Well, it's a great bass anyway.

    What about the necks on P-Basses from this time. Is it common that they feels like Jazz necks?
     
  13. Fun Size Nick

    Fun Size Nick

    Feb 21, 2006
    Hong Kong
    Dating a Fender is not an exact science....I have an S9 P-Bass that was probably put together circa 1980-82.

    And that's what really matters :)

    This page has some quite detailed info on dating vintage Fenders.
     
  14. I have a '75 P with an "A" neck, yes, they were optional.
    Have you checked the pot dates?


    Hmmmmmm...........did they?

    From one site:
    S1 to S5 + 5 Digits = 1979-1982
    S6 + 5 digits = 1976
    S7 + 5 digits = 1977-1978
    S8 + 5 digits = 1977-1978
    S9 + 5 digits = 1978-1981
    E0 + 5 digits = 1979-1981
    E1 + 5 digits = 1980-1981
     
  15. M5Yates

    M5Yates

    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Don't believe everything you read on the net.
    It's well documented that Fender used the S8 serial numbers well into the 80's.
     
  16. Point taken.

    Fender site states about the same as the site I linked, and in one of my Fender books.
    Where might one find more "accurate" info?
     
  17. According to The Fender Bass book Fender started using inspection labels in the early 1980s. Although the example in the book has a date on it. . . Definitely seems like an '80s bass as others have said and a good looking one at that. The A neck makes it something special too.
     
  18. Richard89

    Richard89

    May 7, 2007
    Sweden
    Thanks a lot for the help!
    What about the A-necks? I have heard about them before, can you tell me more about them?

    Where can I check that?
     
  19. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Agreed with M5yates (he knows his stuff btw), it's widely known that many of the late seventies Fenders have bodies and necks with differing dates of several years.
     
  20. Thunder_Fingers

    Thunder_Fingers

    Jun 24, 2004
    Norway
    Mine is a B Neck, wich is 40mm with the nut,it feels like a chunkier Jazz Neck, it is a great bass, and if you use it as a players bass, i don't think dating have anything to say.
     

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