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p bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gottadog, Feb 23, 2008.


  1. gottadog

    gottadog

    Feb 23, 2008
    Walnut Creek, Ca
    i've tried searching here, fender, and google with no results. i dont know what to seach for.

    i want to know what pbass model i have. i bought a used p bass from gc today for 500bux. serial number N2 914363

    can i use that number like a vin number on a car?

    my bass is modified with a brass nut, alembic split pup the bridge pup has been removed and a plastic cap installed. the bridge is really nice i havent seen a pbass with a bridge like this before. it plays sooo sweet. i've always loved the p-bass sound.

    i know i've asked a most likely repeated question. i'm not dumb noobie, i am excited to finally own an american p bass and i dont know very much about the parts/upgrades and different p bass models.

    thanks for any help and for reading this. i dont know where to start

    i'd love any knowledge or direction.

    thank you
    dario
     

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  2. warwick.hoy

    warwick.hoy

    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
  3. gottadog

    gottadog

    Feb 23, 2008
    Walnut Creek, Ca
    thanks. i did find the year already plus it was listed as a 92'. i did forget to mention that.

    i'm more intersted in what else that number can provide. i want to be able to buy the parts to make it original.

    is there such a thing as a blue book for guitars
     
  4. warwick.hoy

    warwick.hoy

    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
  5. warwick.hoy

    warwick.hoy

    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    I think they only really document the year that it was manufactured and it was prolly used for warranty registration. You may be able to get more info from the Fender website directly.

    According to that auction it probably had Lace Sensor PUPs. I'm not sure if that is an active bass. I know the Jazz Bass Plus from around the same time had the Lace Sensors with Kubicki active electronics.
     
  6. gottadog

    gottadog

    Feb 23, 2008
    Walnut Creek, Ca
    that is a nice bass for sure. i noticed the tuners look cheaper then the ones on my bass. and they are smoooth too. my tuning heads arent flat like that bass.

    i generally get really excited to buy and then get buyers remorse before paying or walking out the door. NOT this time!!

    this thing plays soo killer, beats the hell outta playing my gibson ripper. but the girlfriend is getting a little jealous.

    i did send an email to fender so i'll post the results.
    thanks again

    dario
     
  7. warwick.hoy

    warwick.hoy

    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
  8. BillMason

    BillMason Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    That's the bridge that was used on the American Standard Series. It's a long horn, right? 22 frets I think? Maybe give us a pic of the headstock.

    Great find for $500!!!
     
  9. thumpbass1

    thumpbass1

    Jul 4, 2004
    From the bridge alone it seems you have bought a 1992
    Precision Bass Plus model which was discontinued in 94.

    The bridge was never used on the american made Standard
    series as it was introduced in 83 for the Fender Elite series
    to return again in 89 for the P-Bass Plus models.

    Whoever owned this bass before you seemed intent on hot
    rodding it out for the most part.The 89 P-Bass Plus had a
    J-Bass sized pickup at the bridge and they would have been
    Lace Sensors. I don't know the specs of the 92 version but
    your bass has been modded in it's lifetime. Have you looked
    under the plastic cover at the bridge to see if it's been
    rerouted for a different size pickup than a standard J size?

    Anyways it seems you got a really decent U.S. Fender in
    a top player grade condition for a very reasonable price.
    To that I say congrats and I hope your bass brings you many
    happy years of satisfaction.:bassist:
     
  10. Fretlessboy

    Fretlessboy

    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics
    I believe that's the bridge and electronics of a pbass special. I think the specials were the only ones with fine tuners on the bridge. I may be wrong
     
  11. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    US
    That bridge is from a Precision Elite which was manufactured in the early 80s.
     
  12. gottadog

    gottadog

    Feb 23, 2008
    Walnut Creek, Ca
    i had a feeling i grabbed a great deal.

    i havent looked under the plate yet i dont have the right size hex wrenches.
     

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  13. warwick.hoy

    warwick.hoy

    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    Join the "Black and Maple Club"

    Seriously....I want that bass. I don't know why I love it, I just do.

    Oh yeah. Earlier you said you wanted to change it back to original. I like the mods that have been made too it. Not to keen on the missing Jazz PUP but.....perhaps you can find a matching Alembic J PUP to put back in that spot.
     
  14. gottadog

    gottadog

    Feb 23, 2008
    Walnut Creek, Ca
    ... sorry not for sale..... ever :bassist:

    i've ket to join any clubs. i still am learning how to navigate this site.


    thanks
    dario
     
  15. warwick.hoy

    warwick.hoy

    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
  16. It's either an Elite or a Plus. However, its hard to tell which since the pickups have been switched out. The Alembic pickups sound great though, so I'd play it as it is. As I recall the necks on these basses were very solid feeling, and I killed me that I couldn't afford one when they were new. Of course I was playing a maple neck 76 P that had a very similar feel, so I didn't lose too much sleep.
     
  17. UndeadGladiator

    UndeadGladiator

    Jan 7, 2008
    Man, I really dig that bridge. Can you get 'em aftermarket?
     

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