What should I do with my 78' p-bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JohnQ.Public, Sep 6, 2001.

  1. JohnQ.Public

    JohnQ.Public Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    I have a 78' Fender p-bass and I'm trying to figure out if I should leave it completely original or work on the finish and change the pickups? The bass is ash (at least i think it is...it's about 12-13lbs.) with a natural finish and maple neck and fretboard. At a gig a few years ago the weather was really cold and then the show was really hot...so, the finish cracked and is now bubbling. Am i going to "hurt" the value of the bass by refinishing it? How much is a 78' in good condition worth? I bought it back in 92' for $400 and have recently seen basses just like mine go for around $1,000 at music stores. What I would really like to do is trade in this bass for a fretless 60’s Fender p-bass or a MM Stingray…what would you Fender experts recommend I do?
    Any suggestions or comments appreciated.:D
  2. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    don't make big modifications to that bass. you'll compromise the resale value. if you don't lie it sell and buy another bass. the only thing i suggest you to do is change the pickup with a model that does not require routing. otherwise you can donate tha bass to a guy called barroso:D
  3. If you could send it to Fender's Custom shop for refinishing, it probably wouldn't hurt the resale value. Bet that would be expensive though.
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I'd keep the paint just the way it is. I know people that leave their guitars/basses outside (in the winter) them bring it into their warm houses hoping the finish would check. :p IMO, it gives character when it happens naturally & the people that do it on purpose are just, chatacters. ;) J/K.

    About the p/u. I'd only change it if I weren't happy with the sound I was gettin out of it. I've played a number of vintage P's & they always sounded great w/the original p/u.

    Good luck.

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  5. count_funkula

    count_funkula Guest

    Dec 13, 1999
    Greenville, Tx
    You could send that puppy my way, I'll give it a nice warm home. I recently got bit by the P-bass bug and want one really bad.
  6. JohnQ.Public

    JohnQ.Public Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    Thank you all for your advice.
    For now I'm going to keep my p-bass and let the ol' gal show her age with pride...cracks, crazes and all.:)
    I thought about replacing the pickups because she has always played on the quiet side compared to the other basses i've played. Maybe i'll just have somebody look at em' and see what's up.
  7. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I've seen refinsihes hurt the value of MANY OLD FENDERS.