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P-Bass Color - Custom or just rare?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bstringrandy, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. bstringrandy

    bstringrandy Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    During a post discussion helping me establish the correct date on my 82 P-bass (neck S/N S910xxx but neck stamped 9/29/82), several comments were made relative to the color. I was wondering if you Fender aficionados could offer some had some further inputs on whether this is a true custom color or just rare? One of the return posts mentioned that it was listed as a custom color in the 1982 Fender catalog.

    It's a transparent blue sapphire over a one-piece ash body. I've never seen another one like her...



  2. No idea but it's hella cool.
  3. sevenyearsdown

    sevenyearsdown Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    um, awesome.
  4. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I've only seen a couple that color and it's beautiful, nice bass
  5. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    +1. I've seen one or two others, so it's not custom--but it's a great color. Fender used a few finishes in that era that you don't see anywhere else.
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Not custom or actually rare...although not plentiful either.

    The trans/gem colors are around...there's a sapphire (the one shown), a ruby, and an emerald. I worked on a ruby strat not too long ago, and I've handled a few of the emerald basses in recent years too...
  7. artdrtr


    Jan 24, 2008
    Redondo Beach, CA
    I'm curious, why is there a screw in the center of the pick guard just under the G string?
  8. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    its on my 75ri jazz too its just a fad thing.. no reason for it
  9. artdrtr


    Jan 24, 2008
    Redondo Beach, CA
    only thing I can think of is it's there to keep the pick guard from warping up?

  10. Bassenstien


    Jun 13, 2006
    Dag um that bass looks good.
  11. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    Wow that is a nice p bass. Are those pickup covers original? I dont really like the cream color I would prefer they were black. I love the finish I want to see the emerald green one now.
  12. bstringrandy

    bstringrandy Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    Thanks, and yep, to the best of my knowledge, she's all original except for one broken bridge saddle spring that I replaced.


  13. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Sweet. I'll bet a white pearl p/g would set that off nicely.
  14. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008

    Yet another awesome P on TB. This is not helping my GAS:ninja:
  15. hyp.spec

    hyp.spec Supporting Member

    May 14, 2006
    Warren, MI
    That color scheme is AMAZING
  16. I played a(solid-color, IIRC)green one in 84-4 & it had the white PU covers. To my eyes that one detail totally dates the bass. I'd love another one like it.
  17. bstringrandy

    bstringrandy Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    Thanks for the inputs everybody.

    I guess she's not exactly rare, but not exactly plentiful either.

    That means I'll keep playing her out and taking a little extra care around the stage... :bassist:

  18. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    That's the "mojo screw". If you take out the screw, the mojo falls out.

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