NBD! 1975 Precision. Are the pickups original?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blackhawks55, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That is a super find, good for you. Congrats. Rock it.
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  2. Gorgeous '75 closet queen. Congrats and enjoy.
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  3. Here's what a bruised and scarred 78 looks like....
    78 P.jpg
    Welcome to the " I love my 70s Pbass club".
    Might want to get a kevlar vest to help protect you from all the slings and arrows! ;)
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  4. Crackle


    Nov 3, 2007
    Plano, TX
    I own a 100% original 1974 Fender Precision bass, and I can confirm that the pickup in yours looks original. Green / gray bobbin, and the number stamp are similar.
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  5. Blackhawks55

    Blackhawks55 Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    Thank you ALL! I am excited. Replacement pick guard on the way. The current one is a black metal guard. It's going in for a fret level and then it will be good to go for a long time! :D
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  6. The metal pick guard replacement was a common mod on those basses. The foil attached to the under side of the plastic guard to provide a common ground to the pots and jack would get eaten up by the lock washer under the jack resulting in intermittent signal. Often the plug would be jiggled which would crack the plastic guard. The metal replacement guards would not break and also did not require the foil. I had one of these basses exactly like yours. Seventies Fenders are pretty hit or miss, but if you get a good one they can be stellar.
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  7. devnulljp


    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Nice! I like that a lot. Pickups have def been out of it at some point, and not put back in very well. I'd redo all those solder joints just to be on the safe side.

    A lot of people rag on 70s Fenders, I remember for a while in the 80s and early 90s you couldn't give them away. Ive seen some dogs for sure, but for the most part I quite like em.
    My main is a 72P and I have a 77J too.
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  8. JKB1957


    Jul 18, 2015
    Great looking P-Bass.
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  9. hotrodjohn

    hotrodjohn Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    Looks fine Joe! Rock it! You might end up wanting a second one with flats to go old-school occasionally.

    say hi to my 3 P’s in a pod:
    ‘82 Fullerton ‘57 Reissue (8 lbs) with TI flats
    ‘78 P (11 lbs of love)
    CS ‘59 Reissue relic

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  10. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    You're weird. But there are a lot of weirdos just like you around here.
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  11. Yes. Yes, I am.
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  12. Congrats!
    My ‘75 keeps me “Staying Alive” :cool:
    A good Fender is a good find, any decade of manufacture :thumbsup:
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  13. dbsfgyd1


    Jun 11, 2012
    Mascoutah, IL
    Nice find. Mid 70s? I have a buddy of mine that an ash 76 PB, and I recorded a lot of tracks on it. 16 years ago I was working with a guy in southern Virginia whose dad had one. It was the epitome of a closet queen. Dead Mint. Sadly, he had no intention of selling it. Absolutely great Basses. Congrats.
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  14. Everything appears to be well in order with that bass. Nice find! Love those natural finish basses from the 70s, theyve got some serious mojo IMO
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  15. Adjectives


    Mar 12, 2017
    Seattle, Wa
    Welcome to the '75 P club!
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  16. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    My 75 is also swamp ash the lightest Fender P bass I've ever hefted...