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NBD Rare 1993 Fender Precision A/E

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hardtwister, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. hardtwister


    Jan 1, 2013
    Ever seen one of these?? I just traded a shotgun for it. I'm not finding a lot of info about them, but from what I've put together most are fretless. Piezo pickup and a Lace Sensor. Mahogany semi-hollow body with f-hole, Spruce top, and Rosewood acoustic style bridge. On board pre amp active circuitry says Heartfield on PCP board. Strung with flats. Made for a few years in the early 90's and sounds like they all have made in Japan on the headstock, and Fender USA on the dropped corner neckplate.. The binding on this one has yellowed more than shows in the photo. A few marks, but no dents or chips, and the neck is quite clean. One thing I did find said that the piezo benefits greatly from a buffer.

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  2. JDLowEnd


    Dec 19, 2010
    Norwich, CT
    Sorry I can't help on information, but this thing is damn cool! Congratulations!!
  3. Morgan Koren

    Morgan Koren

    Dec 31, 2007
    Vancouver bc
  4. mr.mow


    Feb 11, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: BBE/G&L Basses
    I've owned two, a fender one and a Greco branded one (same factory, same bass just a different body shape, same electrics etc).

    Yup you've pretty much summed up the details and yeah the piezo can get pretty sizzly.. I never did get around to putting a buffer in mine but I believe the cafe Walter one was the go.

    There was also a fender tele bass style one with a big humbucker in the neck, in Japan they were designated PBAC and (I think) TLAC, there were a few different models, fretted, fretless and a deluxe one with a flamed top.
  5. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I had an unlined fretless about 10 years ago. Very cool bass, but it wasn't right for some recording I was doing, so I let it go. If I had it back I would throw some Quarter Pounders in it, and be a happy camper.
  6. bassie12


    Aug 23, 2008
    I had one for a while. Loved the feel and weight. I wasn't crazy about the pickups, so sold the bass to a friend who did love them. I didn't want to go mod-crazy, as it was such a nice instrument as it was, just not right for me.
  7. hardtwister


    Jan 1, 2013
    This one weighs in at 7.2 lbs on my bathroom scale.
  8. hardtwister


    Jan 1, 2013
    Thanks! I'm stoked about it..
  9. bigcatJC


    Jul 9, 2004
    I used to have one of these, but fretless and with a natural finish - I regret selling it to this day!
  10. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    I remember drooling over a fretless in shop around 92 or so. Really classy looking basses. I'd live to pick one up.
  11. hardtwister


    Jan 1, 2013
    Fortunately for me- this one is fretted.. Getting some nice tones with the blend control! It does the mwah thing pretty nicely.. She's fun to play, the neck feels a little on the flatter side.
  12. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    I didn't even know it came fretted. I'd much rather have that myself.
  13. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    I remember seeing these in old issues of Fender Frontline when you heard that really clicky/trebly piezo acoustic tone on a lot of country and adult contemporary records. I think they were meant as a spin off of the acoustic guitars that were popular at the time. Nice looking bass and I'd be interested to hear the piezo with tapewounds or flats.
  14. -Kramer-


    Dec 9, 2003
    Charlotte, NC
    This was actually my very first bass. Found it on consignment at a local store and fell in love. As the years went by, I found I am not very happy with the sound, but never did anything about it. Can't bring myself to sell it, so I might have to make some of the mods suggested in this thread.


  15. hardtwister


    Jan 1, 2013
    Beautiful bass Kramer! Sounds like the buffer is a common mod and a great improvement. Mine is stock.

    Thanks for the link Lucy!
  16. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
  18. hardtwister


    Jan 1, 2013
    Thanks for the great info guys! Those mods sound well thought out. Nice to get some goods tips from folks who've been there..

    Chef your white modified A/E looks great!
  19. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Thanks; that was a fun project :)