Vintage or not vintage PBass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ctbass, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. ctbass


    Jun 21, 2005
    A friend of mine has a '79 P bass for sale that looks to be in orginal shape. I looks pretty good with the exception of a crack in the pickguard near the jack. My question is, did they make the original with white pickups? I have a '78 with black pickups but have not really seen any white pickups.

    Thanks of the help,
  2. The pickups with the white covers are probably aftermarket DiMarzios.
  3. ctbass


    Jun 21, 2005
    Thanks lonote.
  4. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I've seen some 70s P basses with a white pickup. Is it black with a maple fretboard?
  5. ctbass


    Jun 21, 2005

    Tobacco sunburst with Maple fretboard..
  6. pickles

    pickles Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    I've got an '80 with original white pickups.
  7. sst


    Jan 24, 2006
    If I'm not wrong, Fender used white pickup covers only on early 80s P basses.
  8. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    Or maybe just white pickup covers?
  9. ctbass


    Jun 21, 2005
    Is there any way to tell the difference by removing the covers and or the pickups themselves?
  10. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Generally, if they're aftermarket you can remove the covers and there will be some sort of branding on them.
  11. pickles

    pickles Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    They also aparently used them with parts from '78 and '79 when assembling basses from NOS parts in the early '80s. I think those basses bear the serial numbers from when the parts were manufactured, but I'm not sure about that.

    Still, they could be dimarzos, which would drastically reduce the value.
  12. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    I could be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure late 70's PAF DiMarzios all had creme covers. White covers are probably original Fender pups.
  13. Mongo Slade

    Mongo Slade Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Northern New Jersey


  14. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    You're right, and they were potted in epoxy. I had 'em on an old pBass
  15. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Dimarzio's were creme back then. And they sound GREAT!

    The bass could be from about '80 when they started using white pickups and used NOS parts laying around with old serial numbers.
  16. bstringrandy

    bstringrandy Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    I have a P Bass S/N S9xxxxx that's probably a 1980 in Transparent Sapphire Blue with a maple board and white pickups...:smug: