NBD! 1963 Fender Precision (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by magnaton, Feb 24, 2019.

  1. magnaton


    Dec 12, 2013
    New York
    Heyo! Exciting weekend for me. I welcomed to the family a 1963 Fender Precision. Bought from the family of the original owner ("Shorty") who performed in the NJ area and opened for Conway Twitty at one point. They sent along some photos of the original owner playing the bass through the years, which I feel very fortunate to have.

    To my surprise had a nice old pair of Fender Mastersound Flatwounds on it and so the frets are completely preserved. OG case, covers, pickups, pickguard, polishing cloth... the works!

    I tend to reach for my old Jazzes just because the nut width is a little more familiar, but I plugged in this old gal and I couldn't help but crack a big smile -- what a punchy, full, beautiful sound.

    Wanted to share for those that would enjoy :)

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  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    ha! great find! it looks killer --- hope you enjoy! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
  3. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    Wow, what a time capsule...and we know why they called him Shorty.
  4. That’s history right there! So awesome to have pics to go with the story. Take care of her!!
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  5. Steve88


    Mar 27, 2014
    Macedon, NY
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  6. Beautiful. I love the wear on this; it shows the history of an instrument that has been well loved and used to make people happy.
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  7. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Wow :thumbsup: have fun with that.
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  8. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    The dream. This is awesome in so many ways. Wonderful!
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  9. Judge Nickels

    Judge Nickels

    Aug 3, 2015
    No 'Shorty' strap? Bummer!

    Seriously, though, that is a wonderful score. It is so great to get that kind of provenance.
  10. Rob Leonard

    Rob Leonard

    Feb 16, 2019
    Wow, amazing!! Congrads.
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  11. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    THIS is why I love a real road worn bass and loathe a Relic’d clone. Life experience should not be cloned or faked, but earned. That bass earned it.
  12. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    Nice! Enjoy playing it. I bet it sounds amazing.
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  13. gbazinet


    Aug 11, 2010
    I always love it when sellers include photos of the original owners doing their thing. What a story, what a bass!
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  14. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Nice bass, what was the name of his band? I imagine they played around Mass. That amp looks like about a 63 Blonde Fender Bassman, nice score. Did you get his curly Q cord too?:laugh:
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  15. Like everyone else has said, wonderful find and a great story behind it, with a photo!

    Beautiful bass.
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  16. faulknersj

    faulknersj Inactive

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    What a wonderful instrument and piece of history! Congrats!
  17. Holy cow! I'm in love.
    play that thing into the next century!
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  18. hotrodjohn

    hotrodjohn Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2009
  19. 2F/2F

    2F/2F Supporting Member

    May 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Whoa! What a killer find! Congrats, and thanks for the pix.
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  20. :whistle: Doesn't get any better than that! Looka that fretboard! Wow!
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