Wood type and orig paint on P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ems71, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. ems71


    Apr 16, 2012
    I have a quick questing about this 74 P Bass. Looks to be authentic 74 P (at least what it seems) that was probably stripped and sealed clear. It is for sure a 74 as the neck, pots, plate and PU's (with the exception or a new wire from the PU to the pot.

    How would I know what the original color was for that year? Is the white residue in the body from it being a white bass? Any chance that it could be a no Fender body? Seems like a lot of work for a 74 that is pretty much in together.

    I am thinking about a refinish if it was originally painted for this year figured since the original coat is gone might as well have a good looking bass.

    http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q579/eddiestar/P 74/IMG_3483.jpg
  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    On many refins I've see the body routing isn't stripped and the paint is visible. White residue in the body routing is often polishing compound.

    It's hard to tell form the picture but is there color in the control cavity? It appears there is some bluish tint in there. Is there any color in the neck pocket or transferred to the neck or maybe the neck screw threads or back of the neckplate/under the bridge plate?

    Could it be a thick coat clear finish that was stripped and refinished with a thin coat of clear?
  3. ems71


    Apr 16, 2012
    There is no marking on the body that say natural (saw this on an ebay bass, not sure if that the way they were marked, with the exception of some super light (almost non visible writing. all I could make out was "Josh". the only other thing was some smeared green marks in the neck cavity but it for sure did not show the stick marks from painting. did the Fender employees ever mark anything on the body?

    I figured it was not original as the original ones I have seen seem to be one solid piece of wood. Really the only remnants are white which I though could be a bass coat.