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Late 70s P Bass with Claw Bridge

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by metron, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
  2. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Check out my items for sale in the classifieds! Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    never seen one of those before, not even in any of my vintage fender books.
  3. droskobass


    Oct 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    Former Part-Time, Non-Commission Employee MOOG Audio
    Holy Crêpes, now that's something you don't see every day!!!
  4. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The "Claw". A legit Fender aftermarket bridge. But that bridge was definitely not factory installed.
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Don't pay $3000 for a 78 Fender p-bass.

    Also there is no case.
  6. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    How do you know? They pulled the bridge and the screw holes look legit. No extras. I suppose they could have been painted over though.

    Yeah $3k not so much. Just thought it looked interesting, if factory installed.
  7. the art guy

    the art guy Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2008
    This. Even if it is factory. IMHO.
  8. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    There is no documentation of any kind that indicates that Fender factory installed these bridges. None. Now, if someone is going to claim that this bridge was factory installed, that would be a first. But the burden of proof is on them.
  9. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    Doesnt look factory installed to me. It looks like it used the factory 5 screw holes plus to extras and the paint is all chipped off around those to extras which would indicate they were drill after it was painted.
  10. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    I remember these, they are an aftermarket product.
    Never installed at factory.
  11. the art guy

    the art guy Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2008
    Yeah, that's a good point.

    I would say that to someone who's interested in the coolness factor of that bridge, this might be worth slightly more than a regular '78 P. If it's a good player, my judgment tells me that we're looking at about a $1,200 bass to the right buyer. It's got plenty of wear and a brass (not factory) nut.
  12. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    You can see an indentation where this bass has had a standard bridge mounted at some point. It was also by a TBer suggested that this may have been repainted for some reason when this was posted before.

    My first decent bass was a MIA '83 Jazz. I went back to the authorized fender dealer and had them order/install an "elite" bridge with the fine tuners. While it wasn't factory installed it was still a Fender part installed by an authorized dealer. That's probably what happened here.
  13. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    $3k = 3 brand new Precisions in any colors you like!

    With case & documentation...warranty.
  14. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    I remember seeing those back in the days when "sustain" was the ultimate goal and brass ruled the world.
  15. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    "Fender part installed by an authorized dealer" sounds better than "Fender part installed by Mother Lode Music in Jackson CA".