NBD: Fender CS P '57(Heavy Relic)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mind Eroded, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. After years of drooling over CS guitars/bases, I finally was in a financial position to pull the trigger recently(thank god for work bonuses).

    A lot has been said about fender CS on this forum. For most of my bass playing life, I played an MIM fsr jazz. This '57 relic is an amazing bass. I went back and forth on the relic thing many times. What it came down to for me(and many others) was the feel. The neck is just amazing. Specifically the aged/worn finish on the back. It feels smooth but not glossy, (like the finish on a MM but more "refined")
    Do I wish the semi-cheesy looking wear spots on the lower frets weren't there? Yes. But, I cant feel the fake "wear" when I play those notes so it doesn't really bother. And ive always been a sucker for the super nuclear orange tinted maple necks...so I was sold on this particular model. The "soft V" 50's neck is like no neck I have ever played before, it fit like a glove in my hands.

    The relicing along the body is somewhat mild for what is called a "heavy relic" and I am thankful for that. I love the honey blonde finish and transparent ash coming through it is something else. The little wear spots, nicks and scratches along the body don't bother me as much I thought they would and are done quite "artfully". I hope to add my own wear over time so it wont feel quite as "tacky".

    Finally this thing is LIGHT!!...under 8 lbs. It feels like you are picking up a feather compared to my other P's Stingrays Rics and J's over the years. As far as tone goes, the output on the bass is almost as hot as my stingray. I ditched the stock strings almost as soon as I opened the case and threw on some La Bella flats. Classic P all the way.

    The best P I have ever played. If I am smart, I will hold onto this bass for a long time.
    (full disclosure: never had the opportunity to play a real vintage pre cbs P/jazz)

    I know at this insane point there are many options out there. I could have even bought something with arguably better build quality and components from a boutique builder. I guess I am just a fender fan boy. I couldn't be happier with this P.

    now obligatory crappy iPhone pics: CSP.png CSP2.png CSP1.png CSP3.png CSP_neck.png
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  2. 4-fingers


    Nov 22, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    Gorgeous!!!! Just wondering what you think would be a heavy relic! I dig the relic job on it by the way. No worries when gigging that beauty.
  3. Love it...that's damn fine...:)
  4. There should be a Love button, for basses like this :thumbsup::cool:
  5. Nice!! Given the light weight, do you notice any neck dive?
  6. Surprisingly not! i haven't noticed it yet.
  7. As far as "heavy relics" go, I'd say this is pretty clean compared to some other relics I've seen like Nash, Sandberg,etc
  8. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston

    Congrats and enjoy!!!

  9. StevieM


    May 10, 2016
    Logan, WV
    Wow. Nice. And, i'm not much of a P-Bass guy, either.
  10. bassstrangler


    Mar 2, 2015
    Did you buy this new from Fender or from a previous owner?
  11. MusiciansFiend
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  12. That's a beauty!
  13. Ace Of Bass

    Ace Of Bass A Rooster Illusion

    Jun 27, 2006
    I think you made a fine choice there, man...congrats ..Fender is making awesome stuff all around and the Custom Shop is making keepers all day everyday in 2016.....I love the relic feel, but also want as much paint as possible...every bass I have seen and played from them made in the past year or two is on par with everything else trying to be something like it and yours is no different...outstanding..
  14. MrMoonlight

    MrMoonlight Bottom feeder

    Sep 2, 2008
    Wow, congrats on a beautiful bass. Now, I'm not a huge fan of artificially aged instruments, but I must admit that the relic-job on this one is tastefully done and doesn't scream "relic bass". It really looks cool. I definitely wouldn't mind owning it.
    At the risk of coming across as a know-it-all asshat, just wanted to say that the color is actually "white blonde". I'm sure the CS tinted the nitro a bit to simulate some yellowing of the finish, so it looks more of a honey color. Fender's Honey Blonde is actually quite a few shades yellower/browner than your bass.

    Well, regardless of the color nomenclature, it's truly a beautiful instrument and I hope you enjoy the heck out of it.
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  15. Thanks for the correction. You are right. I had a 50s P in Honey Blonde and it was def yellower.
  16. Bullitt5135


    Nov 16, 2010
    SE Michigan
    Nice bass! I had a chance to tour the Fender plant back in June. I was a bit awestruck glimpsing into the Custom Shop and thinking about all the coolness that's been created there. There's probably more than enough cash sitting on that one rack to put my kid through college.
  17. RiZzBot

    RiZzBot Drunk + bass + broken strap locks = :'( Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2014
    210, Texas
    Beautiful bass. I want one so bad Congrats. drooldrooldrooldrool
  18. eyoyo


    Jan 18, 2014
    That's my PBass sista. Amazing feeling look and tone.

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  19. JJR58

    JJR58 Dirty Bird Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY.

    And I'm wearin a cardboard belt!
  20. Yup color is commonly called "Mary Kay White" beautiful bass and I agree that it looks more like a medium relic as opposed to a heavy relic. In any case, you enjoy that bad boy, play it, take it to the gig and don't let it sit in the house. It is made to be gigged! Please do that and you will indeed put your own nicks, dings and mojo on it.
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