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White pickups on a P Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rdcowan, Nov 8, 2010.


  1. rdcowan

    rdcowan

    Aug 13, 2009
    Central Texas
    A friend of mine just picked up what is supposed to be an early 60's Fender P bass. The neck is definitely Fender, but the pickups are white/ivory with adjustable pole pieces. Anyone ever see or hear of such a thing. That is what troubles me about it. Serial number on the neck plate seems to be 60's, but the pickup looks weird to me. The neck is maple with the stripe down the back. Body is natural ash, but the bass has been refinished. You can see brush marks on the head where they have applied the clear coat. The frets are worn and the neck has definitely been played.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. M0ses

    M0ses

    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Sounds like it's just been well modded.
     
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  3. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Chicago
    Pictures would help. PU's sounds like they're DiMarzios.

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  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The white adjustable pole pickups are DiMarzios which were a popular mod back in the day..
    Fender came out with white pickups in the early 80's but were not adjustable.
    By your description of the ash body with maple board neck and skunk stripe, I'm betting it's actually an early 70's bass. Got any pictures we can see?
     
  5. bh2

    bh2

    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Yep... Def DiMarzio's... nice. Piccys!
     
  6. rdcowan

    rdcowan

    Aug 13, 2009
    Central Texas
    Working on getting pics. Sounds like it was modded.
     
  7. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    The DiMarzio pickups are cream colored, the same shade as the cream bobbins on Gibson humbuckers, and most DiMarzio guitar 'buckers. A maple neck with a skunk stripe isn't an early '60s and they stopped using one-piece maple necks around '59. They didn't reappear until after 1970. The only maple fingerboards in the '60s were a maple board glued to a maple neck, so they didn't have the skunk stripe (the truss rod is installed through fingerboard side of the neck, so the fingerboard covered the routing and they didn't need to install it from the back).

    John
     
  8. Aspidites

    Aspidites

    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    Somebody retrofitted Dimarzio's in the 70s would be my guess.
     
  9. rdcowan

    rdcowan

    Aug 13, 2009
    Central Texas
    Here are some pics.
     

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  10. rdcowan

    rdcowan

    Aug 13, 2009
    Central Texas
    Some more.
     

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  11. rdcowan

    rdcowan

    Aug 13, 2009
    Central Texas
    Last photo
     

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  12. Marton

    Marton

    Sep 20, 2005
    Quebec
    Body looks more like ash to me.

    Headstock decal is 70s style.

    Otherwise, pretty cool bass !
     
  13. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Whatever it is, it is a beauty!
     
  14. Marton

    Marton

    Sep 20, 2005
    Quebec
    According to the Fender website, serial number is from 76.
     
  15. rdcowan

    rdcowan

    Aug 13, 2009
    Central Texas
    I believe I mentioned it was ash. Haven't had a chance to play it, but the owner says it is hot!
     
  16. FenderP

    FenderP Supporting Member

    May 7, 2005
    Looks like a 70s to me. It's still probably a good bass, but not worth 60s crazy cash.
     
  17. Mike Vee

    Mike Vee

    Oct 8, 2012
    not even a question, 70s
     
  18. bobba66

    bobba66

    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    Sweet!:woot:
     
  19. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Yep, '75-76 with replaced pickups and pickguard at the very least. Hope he didn't pay anywhere near 60's prices... sheesh.
     
  20. That looks like my old bass! I had an identical '76 Precision and I replaced the original pickups with Dimarzios. Cream colored and the poles were adjustable. I used to raise the D and G poles to get more even response between all 4 strings.

    I have always regretted selling that bass.
     

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