PB identification - MIJ headstock says "electric bass"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GS USA, Nov 3, 2021.

  1. GS USA

    GS USA

    Aug 19, 2021
    Any help here IDing would be appreciated. Expect it should be a Standard Precision Bass from the 80s MIJ. Headstock has "Electric Bass", metal neck plate says made in Japan, and serial number isnt on the neck bass , or anywhere i can find it. Under the neck are various numbers, 400 S, 39, and not sure about the rest on there, have a look.

    Any ideas on what model PB or anything?

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  2. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    I'm not a Fender expert by any stretch, but that Fender logo looks unlike any other legit ones I've seen. Might be worth taking a few more pics for the experts when they arrive. :)

    Back of headstock, neck heel, underside of pickguard would help.
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  3. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    There is no way that thing is a real Fender. :laugh:
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  4. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Best guess is a late-'70s copy by Suzuki (viz. the bullet truss rod).

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  5. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    That thing is awesome !! Not a fender though. Good news is , that bass was most likely made in the 70s. And if it’s still holding up , it’s as good as any 70s fedner.
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  6. GS USA

    GS USA

    Aug 19, 2021
    humm, ok, not sure. Ive seen bullet truss on Fender Bass in the late 70s and 80s. or is there something about this Bullet Truss that flags it being wrong?
  7. GS USA

    GS USA

    Aug 19, 2021
    that photo does make me think though.
  8. tim gueguen

    tim gueguen

    Sep 19, 2016
    Fender never marketed a Precision Bass labelled Electric Bass. On the other hand Japanese made brands in the late '70s did. There are other Tender branded instruments out there, such as this Strat copy on Reverb.
    Tender Stratocaster Japan | Guitars Cambodia | Reverb
  9. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Fender never put a bullet truss rod on a Precision Bass. Only the Jazz Bass got it.
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  10. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Looks like my old Hondo II P bass. But I think others are right, it’s a MIJ P copy where someone made a bad attempt at a Fender logo.

    Most of the MIJ and MIK Fender copies from the era are awesome.
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  11. allanmac00

    allanmac00 Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2006
    Cool bass, but 100% not a Fender.
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  12. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    Body shape looks a lil' off as well. Check out those saddles.
  13. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    As stated above, the bass in your post is not a Fender Precision, but a generic Japanese copy.

    In the 1970s, several Japanese manufacturers produced P and J copies badged "Electric Bass". Suzuki-built ones (incl. some Mayas) often featured a bullet-type truss rod, whereas those made by e.g. Fuji, Matsumoku and Chushin did not.
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  14. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    Headstock says Tender, not Fender.
    Japanese copy.
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  15. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    You're right. Here's a match:


    Still made by Suzuki, I'd say, if "Made In Japan" is stamped on the upper half of the neckplate.
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  16. GS USA

    GS USA

    Aug 19, 2021
    TENDER!!! Thanks to all on the thread. MUCH appreciated.
    Really great bass, but def a Tender. not Fender.
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  17. It’s a Fugazi.