Vintage P bass question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lamarjones, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Ok, I am probably not springing for this anyways, but I just saw this auction, and I am in the hunt for an early p bass.

    Totally listed in the wrong section, which is why I have not seen it until 40 minutes till end. Anyways, I like his feedback, just don't like his pics. Anyone see anything that immediately screams 'not right'?
  2. I don't know when they stopped coming with ashtrays. I bought a brand new P-Bass in '72 and it had them. I notice that this one has no holes drilled to accomodate them. It appears to be in excellent shape for a bass that's 31 years old.
  3. WoW! Someone payed $1300 for that bass going by THOSE photos??
    And I don't see any questions shown by anyone!!
    Yeah, where are the holes for the bridge cover?

    BTW, my '75 came with both covers.
  4. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    I did some digging, yes I have seen later p basses with holes for both covers so something was not right. The dude did say that he has had it for a bit, but not that long.

    As expected someone up here came through in a crunch, tho like I said the chances of me going for it was slim.
  5. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Sorry but the bass only appears 1/2 original. Unfortunately someone got ripped!
    The only thing that is right is the neck. It has the correct tuners and decal for a 69-75 P, but a pic would help.
    The body itself is not 70's original. There are no holes for the ashtrays (which were standard up until ~81), and the yellow is too orange...which happens to look exactly like a much later reissue '62 body to me.

    The pickguard, bridge, and knobs look right, but again the pictures suck.
  6. I bought a P-bass, natural with a maple board brand new in 1976, and it had ashtrays.

    It also started turning green in 3 spots after about a year. :rollno:

  7. glivanos

    glivanos Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Philadelphia Area
    What about the neck plate?

    What is the serial number?

    Should have a "F" logo on it also.
  8. the person selling that bass had sold 141 items, and didn't include a photo of the head or neck-plate. reeks of forgery!
    list for a real one is, $1,600-$1,900. glad is wasn't me. :cool:
  9. Amen! Personally, I'd think twice before buying a "vintage" or "collectible" instrument on e-Bay, especially if I only had crappy photos as my only reference. I guess there's one born every minute.
  10. yeah that finish on the body looks way to fresh with no ageing to it what so ever. My 87 p was played very little but its doing the white to yellow thing. Sucks for the guy who bought it.