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Need opinion on fender P

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tihi, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. Hi there!

    A guy in my town is selling this Fender Precision. The serial number at the headstock refers to 1977.
    He says the everything is origin.
    I tryed it. It plays great, the action is low, although the sound is a little j-bass like (a little softer that I would expect for a p-bass).
    Anyway, here are the pictures I take, so please tell me your opinions. Is it a '77? Everything origin etc.
  2. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    No Serial on the heel plate is problematic as a 70's should absolutely have a serial number. Remove the neck and look at the neck below the truss rod, there should be a date stamped there.

    May not be original. If not, and plays and sounds great, then so what. That is, as long as you are not getting charged vintage instrument prices.
  3. It has a SN on the headstock.
    Also I've found a lot of Fender P-s on Ebay (mostly from the late 70's) that don't have the SN at the plate, but on the headstock.
  4. Well it could be just a 77 neck, or it could very well be a decal. It could also be a complete 77 P-bass. Like DBassmon said, if it sounds and plays well and it's fairly priced, why not go for it?
  5. I own such a Precision of '77 myself and I love it, looks like the real thing to me.

    Have fun
  6. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    In '77 they didn't have a serial on the neck plate. They stopped that in mid '76 I believe.

    Looks like every '77 I've seen.
  7. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    From what I see, it looks like it could be the read thing. It's really hard to tell without seeing more 'interior' details though. If it is a 77, then it's in amazingly good shape...look how clean and shiny those tuning heads are... I played a 77 Fender about an hour ago, and it didn't look near as nice.
  8. how much is he asking for it?
    an original Fender Precision Bass 1977-1979, Blond is valued at
    -prices are listed, low to high, excellent condition.
    $1,100 to $1,600 (usd). if he's asking more than $500, tell him you need to see under the neck joint, to confirm it's authenticity. if its under $500, buy it. very nice looking bass.
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Nope. There's not supposed to be a serial on the plate. It's on the headstock, as are all Fenders from 76 on. I bought a Precision new in 76, so I know. I think it's legit myself. natural was a very popular color in that era.
  10. [​IMG]

    Here you have mine, looks same huh ;)


    Has a serial number thow..
  11. I didn't think that they put a skunk stripe on rosewood board Precisions in the 70's. See how the orignal poster's photos has none. The did it on the big one piece maple necks of course.

    When you say yours has a serial number you mean on the neck plate?
  12. Ye, on the neck plate.

    Little OffTopic Question:

    My Pickguard broke at the input, now this ain't a big problem, but I'ld like to fix it myself. Is this risky, or just a get-it-off-and-replace-the-bastard job?
  13. It has a serial number on the headstock and neck plate? Do they match?
  14. My 78 also has the serial number on the underneath side of the pickguard.

    The volume and tone potentiometers also may have date codes on them from their manufacturer, though they are hard to decipher.
  15. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    If price is good, $500.00-$700.00.
    Buy it.
    Nice bass, will only go up in value.
  16. it sure looks like a genuine to me. The neck could be of a different date but if it plays well and sounds good, go for it.
  17. Thanks guys.
    Gonna try it out a little more, negotiate about the price, and then decide.