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NBD - Fender Custom Shop 1969 Closet Classic Precision Bass 3-Color Sunburst

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheMartianBassist, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. Hey guys,

    Been playing bass for 13 years now and I’ve never owned a Precision bass.
    During the past several years I was literally requested specifically by band leaders or musical directors on various kinds of gigs to bring a P bass and I would always have to either borrow one or explain awkwardly that I can bring a J bass and play on the neck pickup.

    So joining my small fleet of instruments, I present to you my first ever Precision Bass:

    Fender Custom Shop 1969 Closet Classic Precision Bass 3-Color Sunburst

    (full specs posted below)









    Looks incredible in person. I’m really impressed with the feel and craftsmanship of the instrument. Tone is huge and fat.
    Only downside is no easy access to the truss rod. :roflmao:
    Edit: got the issue fixed see page 5 for pic.
    Bass is tip top now.


    Model Name: 1969 Closet Classic Precision Bass®, Maple Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst
    Series: Time Machine
    Color: 3-Color Sunburst

    Body Shape: Precision Bass®
    Body Material: 2-Piece Select Alder
    Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

    Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
    Neck Shape: '60s Oval "C"
    Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
    Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
    Number of Frets: 20
    Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    String Nut: Bone
    Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm)
    Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
    Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Fingerboard: Maple
    Position Inlays: Micarta White

    Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '62 P-Bass
    Controls: Volume, Tone
    Pickup Switching: None
    Pickup Configuration: Precision Bass®

    Bridge: 4-Saddle American Vintage Bass
    Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
    Orientation: Right-Hand
    Pickguard: Tort
    Control Knobs: Vintage Chrome

    Strings: Fender® USA Bass 7350MS, NPS, (.045-.105 Gauges)
    Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2017
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  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Well, I don't think I've EVER seen a block inlay maple neck with "Precision" on the headstock decal. That's a first for me, but hey, if Fender built it.... LEGIT!!! Beautiful bass!
  3. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
  4. I was a little worried at first but grew to like it. All my other basses have blocks and bindings so it kind of maintains a unified look ;)
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  5. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    that's one heck of a first precision!!! congrats!
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  6. Dude - that looks rad, I like it!! Congrats!

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  7. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I don’t understand how bass builders make instruments that don’t allow easy access to truss rods...
    Beautiful bass.. enjoy.
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  8. Dude. It’s unreal.
    Fender says the best way is to remove the neck every time, make adjustments and reattach it.
    F**K that!
    Might get a matte black pickguard with a carved hole in it for regular access.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2017
  9. tat2clod


    Nov 19, 2011
    Bloomington IN
    She’s a beauty you narrowed down any future need to upgrade in the Precision department.
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  10. I mean... there’s always the $8K masterbuilts. :woot:
  11. tat2clod


    Nov 19, 2011
    Bloomington IN
    I only said it narrowed it down never eliminated.
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  12. Touché... (-:
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  13. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Most do, Fender doesn't, which is why I won't ever own one again.
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  14. Attym


    Apr 3, 2015
    In the Fender Bass Book, there is one and Fender also did the 70s Classic (Japanese and MIM with one).
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  15. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    The MIJ 70's Classic P has a B&B neck that is most definitely a p bass neck. Here's mine next to my Geddy Lee for reference. you can see the difference in width. It's a great neck IMO.

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  16. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Bring it to a luthier and have him do it..
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  17. Never planned otherwise.
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  18. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    Hey great score man! I suppose you could just have the tort guard modified instead of getting a new one. It just need the groove that Fender puts in the pickguards for their more modern neck heel adjusting truss rods. Why they don't just do this is beyond me....
  19. I kinda want to leave the original parts the way they are. Just in case I decide to sell later on. (doubt it)
    I’m thinking either another tort or matte black.
  20. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    I think the Closet Classic series of Fender instruments is amazing.
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