NBD! Fender Japan 1970 Precision Bass Reissue

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kickysam49, May 25, 2022.


  1. kickysam49

    kickysam49

    Feb 28, 2022
    I bought this bass on Reverb and had it sent directly to my tech who is my brother. I finally received it today.
    This was a briefly made model in Japan, it came stock with some minor issues all of which we have remedied, including an impressive repair by my brother of a dent by the input jack.
    We added a brass nut, Hipshot Kicka$$ bridge, Hipshot Bass X-Tender, EMG GZR pickup, and a tiny string tree just for the A string.
    It sounds HUGE even unplugged, quite light, and plays like a dream.

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  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    a classy classic --- and your brother fixed you right up! i believe you that it plays, and it's a beauty to boot! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
     
  3. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Very nice - I like the A string guide. Is it something you fabricated or is it available, and if so where?
     
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  4. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member


    My first new bass was a 1970 sunburst Precision with covers and mute, it had a rosewood neck with dots. I think the thumb rest was on the lower part of the pickguard on mine.
     
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  5. kickysam49

    kickysam49

    Feb 28, 2022
    My brother fabricated it himself from aluminum... he set out to make the least intrusive permanent string guide that wouldn't kill the aesthetic of the 1970's headstock.
     
  6. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Does that have an 1.5" nut? Wondering why you called it a Jazz.
     
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  7. kickysam49

    kickysam49

    Feb 28, 2022
    WTFFFF WHY DID I TYPE JAZZ?
    It's 100% a P-Bass.
     
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  8. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    :laugh:
     
  9. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    That's cool, could you include a close up pic to illustrate it better?
     
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  10. kickysam49

    kickysam49

    Feb 28, 2022
    Ask and you shall receive. The hole in the top is purely for access to the screw it is attached with.
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  11. C Stone

    C Stone

    Sep 4, 2020
    USA
    Your brother should consider offering those, I could use a couple of single trees myself and i'm sure many, many, others as well, fine job! Classic P bass you got there, congrats and enjoy! :thumbsup:
     
  12. jastraw

    jastraw

    Dec 19, 2016
    Beauty! What a classic. Play it in good health.

    I second your brother should offer these. I will buy half dozen right now.
     
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  13. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Nice work!
    Cool bass!

    you said brass nut tee hee
     
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  14. dbsfgyd1

    dbsfgyd1

    Jun 11, 2012
    Mascoutah, IL
    ‘Very nice.
     
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  15. kickysam49

    kickysam49

    Feb 28, 2022
    ;);)
     
  16. Lovely burst. And great job with the dent fix!
     
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  17. Methaneman

    Methaneman Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2009
    Chicago suburbs
    Nice bass. Your brother knows his stuff:thumbsup:
     
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  18. txhawaii

    txhawaii

    Feb 22, 2020
    why do you say this is a limited 1970 P reissue? why do you understand the bass to designated as such?

    and why the tree on A? what was the problem before?
     
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  19. kickysam49

    kickysam49

    Feb 28, 2022
    I understand it to be as such because it was not a regular model every year in the Fender Japan catalog. This was how it was advertised but I don't know any more details. As an owner of 10 or so Japan-made Fenders through the years I can confirm this was not seen as a typical offering in their JDM catalog, but they did have LOTS of "limited" runs so it doesn't really mean much.

    The tree on the A stabilized the famous A-String rattle that can come from a variety of issues with the break angle at the nut on P-Basses with low frets. Sometimes simply winding the string low or cutting a slot in the nut can completely remedy the issue, but it did not remedy it to our liking, so we fashioned the string tree.
     
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  20. pbass2

    pbass2 Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Very nice. The Japanese Fenders are so consistently good.
     
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