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Me And The P: Taking A Big Chance

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Folmeister, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    I just went through an intersting time. A friend kind of went nutty over my P-Bass. The serial number said it was a 1979, but the heel was marked 1-83. It was a very cool white refinish that had turned yellow, had a white pick guard, and had white pickup covers. A really nice looking bass. The real gem was the shape of the neck. It must have been a custom factory job as the neck was very thin from skunk-stripe to fretboard. I mean, really thin. I have NEVER seen a Fender neck like it and there was no evidence it was reshaped or refinished post-factory. Anyway, this guy had to have it. He offered me more money than I thought it was worth. I sold it. I have looked around at replacement Ps, and decided to take a big chance on this one:
    I have no idea what to expect as I have never had something shipped from Japan. I know I won't get the thin neck I left behind, but I think this is a very cool-looking replacement. Anyone else have one of these?
  2. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    I don't know much about P-basses yearwise, but I've got some advice and encouragement:

    Carpe diem!
  3. First time poster here

    I see you're looking at guitarjapan.com, I've never dealt with them but I'm sure they're good.

    Alternatively you could check out ishibashi.co.jp

    I found them through these forums and bought both a P and Jazz from them. I bought the Jazz first and was impressed by both the quality and prices that I then bought a P.

    I couldn't afford an MIA at Australian or American prices. So I went with the MIJ which I think is excellent, and at the same price as buying an MIM here in Australia. Well I guess I could afford an MIA but for the price I got 2 MIJ's.

    Do a search in the forums for Isibashi you'll find heaps of info as I did. There are a number of members here who have dealt with them and I've heard nothing but good things.

    As far as the bass you're looking at I'd go as far to say it won't be the same as the 70's original you sold but it will be a great product. Don't expect the same bass by buying a reissue (as I'm sure you're aware of), but for the money I think they are great with a good vintage sound.

    And as a board member wrote previously these aren't exact copies but more "In the style of" 60's and 70's Fenders.

    In regards for your desire for a slim neck I can tell you that these basses have a slightly narrower nut width than the current MIA P's. About 40mm, sorry I don't know that in inches. I don't know if that may help.

    Personally I went with the RI's with an alder or ash body with the U.S Vintage Pups.

    Anyway check out this link from Ishibashi


    Very similar to the bass at guitarjapan.com and $200 cheaper. Though without the block inlays and cover for the bridge. Same ash body and U.S.A pickups. But man are those block inlays sweet.

    Here's all of Ishibashi's MIJ Fenders


    and here


    If you're interested send them an email web-shop@ishibashi.co.jp There's 1 or 2 english speaking guys there to handle your enquires. I'm sure they can give you a quote on shipping. For me it was $160 Australian.

    You can do all your currency conversions here http://www.xe.com/ucc/

    Good Luck