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Two tone sb and strange position for serial number on a 76 P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BLYN, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. BLYN


    May 16, 2009

    I am concidering buying this 76 Precision, but finds a couple of detail thats make me think if it is original.
    Current owner has owned it for 25 years and dont know much about it, other than it plays nice.

    * Serial number is positioned in another place on the neck plate than the other old Fender basses I have owned.
    * The color seems to be two tone sunburst.

    Have anybody seen this before on a ´76 ?

    Thank you in advance for information about this.

    Regards Brian

    76 P.JPG two tone.JPG serial number position.JPG
  2. The SN# jives with a '76 but two things seem odd to me. 1) the shape of the headstock seems a bit off, and 2) two tone sunburst would be a little odd on a '76. It could be an original but you may want to check with Fender as to whether that finish was available in '76. I don't recall seeing any two tone finishes like that after the '50s or early '60s at least not as a stock finish.

    Guitar Info

    Your guitar was made at the
    Fullerton Plant (Fender - CBS Era), USA
    in 1976
    Production Number: 699606
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  3. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    + 1 on headstock being "off" when it comes to shape, and the finish being unusual (at the very least) for a mid-70s instrument.
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  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I'd pass.
  5. Energy


    Jun 20, 2006
    As René Magritte would say: "Ceci n'est pas un Fender".
  6. FenderOli


    Jun 6, 2014
    Headstock looks good (imho).
    Sunburst either the red is faded or a refin.
    Neckplate (position of the serialnumber) looks also okay for that era:

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  7. BLYN


    May 16, 2009
    Thanks for the info about the neckplate, FenderOli
    I was not able to find information about it
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  8. BLYN


    May 16, 2009
    Any comments to the two tone sunburst?
    Most late seventies P basses have three tone sunburst.
    Was two tone a special order or got some P´s just paintet that way?
    Thanks in advance.
  9. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    If it's original I'd guess it's a refin.

    Posting more pics showing the front of the body and the back of the headstock would really help in knowing if it's real or not.
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  10. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    That burst is not something from the 60s or 70's. Looks reissue '57-ish, or aftermarket.
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