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Quick Fender Authenticity check.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vin*tone, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. Hey guys.
    A quick authenticity check pls.... I'm about to pull the trigger on a P- said to be an 83 Fullerton. Probably legit but thought I'd run it by the gang in case someone spots anything sus.


    Tx! :D
  2. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009
    correct logo , serial number and white pick up colors for the age thats about as much as i can verify.The guard is just one ply?
  3. Yea. I think you just answered my 2 big questions. The logo looks a bit closer to the string tree than most I've seen.
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Man, it's gorgeous either way! Envy!
  5. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009

    Another 83' that bass is in decent shape for its age i dunno what i'll look like at that age ha:D

    But i wonder if that guard is original? oh well its pretty chipped up anyways
  6. Thanks guys. I just bought it!

  7. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009
    Killer looks sweet
  8. Yeah I did a bit of a sniff around on "H. Gastelum". Turns out he's is the Yoda of neck shaping and has been working on Fender necks since '61. Some references say he's still working at the custom shop but he may have retired.
  9. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    I have three 1983 Fenders, two Precision Elite models and a Jazz. The logos on all three of mine are like the one in the second photo posted, yours has black letters, and is placed slightly different; however, the micro-tilt, and pickup covers look authentic. I'd like to see those tuners from the backside. My jazz pickguard came with one ply, the Elites came with three ply.
  10. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    grab that headstock and pull it back to see how bad the strings bottom out.
    i had an 83 whose neck that was too elastic for good taste. sold it fast.
  11. Luckily the seller has taken a whole heap of shots.

    '83 was aparently the first year these tuners were used.
  12. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    I hate those tuners, and I have several newer Fenders that have them. They work great, but I can't stand the look of the tuning posts (too short and tapered). I know that's a silly reason to dislike them, but give me the vintage style Fender tuners -- or even one of the 70s style tuners -- any day.