Plastic plate on back of ‘77 P-bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bostonrecording, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. bostonrecording


    Mar 17, 2012
    Can’t figure this one out - American ‘77 Fender P-bass I bought about 20 years ago in a pawn shop. It has a 4” x 6” rectangle plastic plate on the back of the body that has been cut/routed in. Painted underneath the plate. Nothing underneath it, only as deep into the body as the thin maybe 1/32” plate. While I know I could be a replacement body, if it is it’s been on there a long time. The bass has been well used but not abused in its 40+ years on Earth. The pick guard was trashed and the original Fender pups were shot, so I replaced both. But they seemed to both be correct factory parts. I’ve attached a few pics. Any thoughts?

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  2. Bucklerash Protection :thumbsup:.
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  3. bostonrecording


    Mar 17, 2012
    Yeah, I realize that but I haven’t seen it before?
  4. oldspice


    Mar 4, 2018
    Iowa City, IA
    Hey man, that's just a place to stash your weeeeeed!

    Sorry, I got nothin'.
  5. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    That was my first thought, also. Might be Leo Fender's long lost Buckle Rash Resistant prototype P-Bass. In any case, it seems to have worked pretty well...:whistle:
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  6. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Buckle-rash protector theory: "I've got an idea - I'll rout the back of my bass and install a piece of black plastic... to protect the back (which I just routed) from being damaged (as in, having a large section of paint and wood removed)..." :cautious:
  7. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    It's actually a Stratocaster body - that's the cover for the whammy springs.
  8. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    That's where his giant red wings unfold from...

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  9. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Take a pic of the front with the pickguard removed and we can probably tell if its an aftermarket body.
    That mod is bizarre, but a buckle rash plate is what it seems to be.