Need advice on dating my 71 Fender P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by VintageSounds, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. VintageSounds


    Dec 24, 2014
  2. Musky


    Nov 5, 2005
    Seems to be a refin, perhaps with some evidence of Jazz Bass pickups having been installed at some point. The pickups and pots should have codes on the bottom which will help identify if they're original and narrow down the assembly date. Pickguard and nut aren't original (nor the plastic knob, obviously). The truss rod adjuster looks to be screwed in quite a way, which might be some cause for concern. Otherwise it looks to be right for the year.

    If it were me I'd restore it, but you might make more parting it out. Got any pics of the other parts, like the back of the headstock and bridge?
  3. Redrama


    Apr 19, 2013
    Buy her some nice flowers and take her to a nice restaurant?
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  4. paradog


    Dec 25, 2011
    Central NJ
    Don't try to slap her the first time you touch her.
  5. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
  6. Fxpmusic


    Jul 5, 2013
    You should date humans...
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  7. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    Careful how you pluck that G-string....
  8. BadJazz

    BadJazz Totally Elite Hyper-Member Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Eugene, Oregon
    *spends a few minutes thinking of a joke about dating a bass; is late to thread*
  9. friendlybass


    Jul 19, 2012
  10. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    ply with drinkypoos
  11. SteveV74

    SteveV74 Inactive

    Jul 24, 2012
    It takes all kinds so I won't judge, but I dont have any advice, if you and the bass feel something for each other there's no reason you shouldnt date, good luck to you both.
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  12. Need advice on dating my 71 Fender P bass

    A nice, high-paying gig, and a hot lemon oil fretboard massage afterwards will get you in it's good graces. If it's the kinky type, it might even let you slap on it a little bit.:D
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I didn't get it at first but now I see what you all did there :)
  14. OldCityBassman


    Nov 10, 2014
    Well you feel her up for several hours at a gig you could at least kiss her man!
  15. With a 71 you gotta take it real slow- she's a little bit older now in her 40's... so don't move too fast man!
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  16. VintageSounds


    Dec 24, 2014
    Thanks for the insight.
    I found the numbers 4081 on the bottom of one of the pickups.
    303744 on the neck plate.
    It looks like there were other cut out on this body that were filled in. Its hard to see from the pics but any ideas. I'm not sure if im going to sell it as is yet. I'm just trieing to see what I actually have here.
    Here are some better pics.

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  17. Neck, tuners, body, pickup, bridge, neck plate , are all correct for 71, sounds like your missing a pick guard, pots and knobs, get some reissue parts, put it together and great players bass.....I wouldn't part that since its very complete
  18. VintageSounds


    Dec 24, 2014
    Thanks for the good news. I'll ad it to the collection. Any thoughts on the dark stain by the turners?
  19. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Neck mounting screws were dowelled out too...