Need help pricing a 1960 P Bass for sale

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jim C, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound

    Nov 29, 2008
    Have owned this bass since 1984 and have rarely used it as it has a wide flat neck that's a bit too much for my hands. I have never had it apart as the pick guard has shrunken and I'm afraid of breaking it.
    I am reasonably sure that the decal was replaced during the refinish (before I got it) and have no reason to suspect that pups are anything but original.
    It plays perfectly; currently set up with lowish action.
    It records like a monster as the super light resonant body literally sings on tape. I would guess that this is in the 8 lb. range.
    What's something like this worth as I may as well sell it since it NEVER gets played.

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  2. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound

    Nov 29, 2008
    More pics.

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  3. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    I have no idea what it's worth, but am pretty sure you'll have to disassemble it and take detailed pics if you're going to get a decent price. Plus, once you've taken the pics the buyer can't try to scam you by saying he received something else.
  4. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound

    Nov 29, 2008
    I understand documentation is necessary for a real buyer.
    Assuming it's all there, what is a 1960 refinished P Bass worth?
  5. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    Lets see a shot of the second decal ?
    If everything is what you say. The bass is in the 5K range.
  6. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 after collecting vintage guitars for years I have reached the conclusion it's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it but just looking at the pics and if everything matches I would have a reserve in the neighborhood of $5000-$6000 even with the refinish.
  7. What year? Earlier 60's are worth more. Give me an exact year and I can give you a realistic price at which it will actually sell. Also what year was it refinished in? How many owners before yourself?

    $4k seems like the highest you would get, TBH. A refin 65 sold for 3k not to long ago. (given it wasn't 100% original) Everything else from the 60's hasn't really sold. a refin 65 with all orginal listed for 5k didn't sell. So I would guestimate you would be looking at 4.5k-4k
  8. mndean


    Mar 20, 2009
    Since you bought it in 1984 and it's a refin, you can assume nothing about its originality. It could be a parts bass, with a 1960s neck and a nonmatching body with a non-Fender pickup and pots from the '80s. It could be all original, who knows? It's got be disassembled and photos taken. Let a pro do it if you can't. Nobody will take your word for its age and originality when cash is on the line.
  9. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    This would be a horrible time to sell a refinn'd 1960 P...but, if you have to...check Ebay right now to get an idea...I don't even want to post a number, it would seem insulting.

    Lets just say I've seen a handful of pre-CBS refinished P basses on Ebay not getting much action for around $3500 (no reserve)
  10. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    I had a 1960 refin in Olympic white that was documented original down to the pickguard screws. Put it up for sale in 2001 and only got $1,800 for it after several weeks on the market and just a few offers. Vintage guitars and basses took off in value after that but have since slid back down to more reasonable levels. I think your bass would bring between $3,800 and $4,500, assuming its otherwise all original and depending on what your photos show.
  11. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    If you consider yourself a bassist you really shouldn't sell such an important instrument.

    If you'll take a big loss. A refin and logo swipe will cost you. The quality of the bass is still there, though.
  12. MR PC

    MR PC

    Dec 1, 2007
    About $2500 tops to a motivated player, much less to a dealer. You could possibly part it out for a little more, assuming it's all original. Lousy time to sell, when I sold my very worn but all original "64 P for $5k five years ago, I felt very lucky.
  13. jbiscuti


    Dec 22, 2007
    NYC / LA
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    With the body AND the headstock refinished, I'd have to agree with those pricing this in the $2,500 range, give or take. That is providing that the refin is the only issue.
  15. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Paid 2200 for my 63 refin here on TB about a year ago, electronics seem original but the HW looked like repro and the PG was not original according to JohnK (who set it up great and added a period correct decal). Sold pretty quick at that price, so I imagine a 60 refin with original HW and electronics shouldn't be more than 4K and possibly closer to 3-3.5K. Just guessin, mind you.
  16. MR PC

    MR PC

    Dec 1, 2007
    I sold my 64 for the same a player the neck wasn't right for me. To wide and flat, the only way it was comfy was to sit down and pull the bass down Jamerson style, and I didn't enjoy doing that either. And since it was 100% stock, I didn't want to change anything, including removing the nut.

    You might try having a nut installed with a narrower string spacing, since the bass has already been changed a lot. Might make it more comfy.
  17. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    $3.5k-4.5k if all is original. You have a better chance of making more by selling international. Frets look pretty worn and thus filed down so a buyer might need a refret soon?
  18. MarthaSamira

    MarthaSamira Banned

    Apr 29, 2012
    Neck plate looks odd...
  19. miles'tone


    Feb 26, 2008
    Wales, U.K
    Any ideas as to what it's refinished with? Very nice tint.
  20. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound

    Nov 29, 2008
    Looks like semi gloss lacquer; I think this refinish is really old and does look very vintage
    The back of the neck was not re-sprayed and is very smooth and comfy

    From what I hear from you guys the non-original finish kills the value.