Need opinion on fender P

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

  1. Tihi

    Tihi Guest

    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

    Dbassmon Supporting Member

    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. Tihi

    Tihi Guest

    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. Discgraham

    Discgraham Guest

    Jul 6, 2004
    Bellingham, WA
    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. PrecisionJaC

    PrecisionJaC Guest

    Feb 5, 2005
    Belgium Antwerps
    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
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    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. HighwayOneJazz

    HighwayOneJazz Guest

    Nov 29, 2005
    Dallas, Texas
    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

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    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. PrecisionJaC

    PrecisionJaC Guest

    Feb 5, 2005
    Belgium Antwerps

    Here you have mine, looks same huh ;)


    Has a serial number thow..
  11. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    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. PrecisionJaC

    PrecisionJaC Guest

    Feb 5, 2005
    Belgium Antwerps
    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. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    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. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    If price is good, $500.00-$700.00.
    Buy it.
    Nice bass, will only go up in value.
  16. fitchy_rocks

    fitchy_rocks Guest

    Nov 21, 2005
    Nottingham, England
    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. Tihi

    Tihi Guest

    Thanks guys.
    Gonna try it out a little more, negotiate about the price, and then decide.