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Need Help Buying a Vintage P Bass (Narrowed it down to Two)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheMartianBassist, Nov 24, 2017.


  1. Vintage Original 1970 Fender Precision Bass

  2. 1984 Fender Precision Bass '57 American Vintage Reissue

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  2. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    The 1970 I’ve owned more Precision electric basses than anyone I know. 200 or so over 54 years.
     
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  3. What do you prefer about the 70?
     
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  4. The 1970. It looks as clean as any I have seen.
     
  5. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Worth more usually. It’s a model that isn’t basically a RI
     
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  6. The 84 RI.

    Do a search here for "Fullerton" and you should find most of the info you need. The early RI basses, aka "Fullertons", are probably the most sought after fenders after pre-CBS Fenders, and post CBS Fenders up to about 1969 or so.

    My #1 bass since 1987 is a 83 RI Jazz.
     
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  7. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Thanks for the info :thumbsup:
     
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  8. By the way, I don't think the neck on the 70 is original to that bass. Pretty sure 3 tone sunburst/tort were rosewood boards only with the exception of a transitional period in '59 or so.

    I also think the wear on the back of the neck of the Fullerton has been "enhanced".

    Wouldn't keep me from buying either, btw.
     
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  9. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    The back of the neck is where I stumbled.
     
  10. Enhanced? How so?
    Also why enhance?
     
  11. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The 70 being alder body is likely made of nice lightweight alder.

    I like the fullertons, but to me its overpriced at 2600.
     
  12. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    It looks like the finish was removed because some players prefer it.
     
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  13. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Yes, maple board was a standard feature for 1970.
     
  14. Exactly

    I stand corrected.
     
  15. Pbassmanca

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

    Go with the 70' and hope for the best!
     
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  16. The reissue looks much nicer to me, but the 70 would be my birth year bass so if I could afford it that's the one i'd get.
     
  17. Hope for... the best...? “gulp”
     
  18. Based on the info in these links the '70 bass is the one I'd get. It looks great. The reissue is also very nice for sure but still a reissue, even though the Fullerton reissues have their own collector following.
     
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  19. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    I still don't consider a 70's Fender (let alone an 80's) to be "vintage" but marketing is marketing. $3K though? Market is pretty soft at the moment, and in fact may have peaked for awhile. I'd personally spend that on a boutique P that would likely slay the Fender in every aspect except the logo on the headstock. But depends on what you're buying the bass for.

    Also, not sure I understand this: "We believe it to be an A profile because of its rare all maple neck." They didn't pull the neck to check the date? And if it is an A neck, then should measure 1.5" at the nut - not exactly rocket surgery to figure out. Being maple fingerboard isn't indicative of A vs B vs C (at least to my knowledge).

    Totally YMMV.
     
  20. Just out of curiosity, what boutique P would you get?
     

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