Yee Haw! Come gawk at my new fretless!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassmonkeee, Jul 25, 2003.

  1. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Some of you might remember my US 75 Jazz Reissue:


    It's a great bass, but I simply wasn't playing much fretted four string. And, honestly, after I got my Cort Curbow Retro, I couldn't justify having that much $$ locked up in a Jazz that wasn't getting much gig time.

    I decided I wanted something different, and had too much tied up in upgrades to be able to get what it was worth in a cash deal.
    So, I posted a trade offer over at the Dude Pit looking for A) anything with more than 4 strings,B)Anything fretless, or C)An old Fender P Bass. I got some great offers, and I am the proud owner of this:


    It's a 1976 fretless Precision with a one piece maple neck. It is in amazing condition considering its 27 years on the planet.

    I had it delivered at work, like always, and it makes me very happy.

    I've got a set of TI Jazz Rounds at home ready to go (currently has a set of Rotosound Stainless Steel (!) on it), and I predict this bass will be played a lot.

    The neck feels nice, and the bass just looks COOL.
    It has the infamous Fender 70s neck pocket, but the neck didn't wiggle when I tried to pull it to the side, so I really don't care.

    I'm hoping the pickup cover that I got from Ebay is in the mailbox when I get home--everything else is all original.

    Yaaaay--new basses!:bassist:

    The Jazz bass will be missed :(, but as a result of owning it, I now know exactly what I want in a Jazz Bass, so it's just a matter of time before another one finds its way to my door....
  2. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Here are a couple more pics:




  3. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    Kings Bay, GA
    not exactly my cup of tea, but you seem to be a happy monkeee :D sweet, man!
  4. Righteous!
    Lookin' forward to playin' this one.. :D
  5. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    It's uh... a bass.

    Not my favorite, but looks like it might be pretty damned cool when all is said and done.
  6. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Heh...I've still got the Curbow 5 to make you jealous, though, so I'm happy. :p
  7. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    It's unlike any of my other basses, and I prefer fretless, anyway, so it'll certainly see more gig time than the Jazz did.

    Yes--very happy monkeee, indeed.
  8. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    I like it!
    Please bring it to the Bass Summit. Or else.
  9. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine

    I dig that a lot.

    If it was mine, and wasn't all original, I'd change the pickguard to a white one, or maybe even mirror to match the chrome.....but it's not mine, and you probably don't care what I think. :p
  10. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    Kings Bay, GA

    right on, man. :D
  11. jivetkr

    jivetkr Supporting Member

    May 15, 2002
    Thats so cool. You dont see that many fretless basses with maple boards (why is that).

    I've only seen one other like that & I think it was a precision bass as well.
  12. Thats the neatest maple fretless I've seen...ever! :)

    Thats a crazy nice condition to...for 27 years,thats crazy

    wow man..

    have fun:)

  13. lneal


    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    I like it, Jason. I had a chance to buy one almost exactly like it about 13 years ago. I passed because it wasn't in the best of shape. That old neck pocket thing and some other minor stuff kept me from buying it, and I've never seen another one since 'till now! :cool:
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I like that P a lot better than the J it's replacing. :)
  15. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    I might have to kill you for that, by the way.
  16. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    bassmonkee: Very nice, but I have to think that whoever traded you for your Jazz is VERY happy right about now!
  17. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska

    That brings back memories--my first fretless was a maple-necked 70's P. I've been fighting with playing in tune ever since. ;)

  18. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Thanks, guys.

    I know that it certainly isn't for everyone. But, I like it.

    I've toyed with the idea of changing the pickguard out, but I think I'll like the way it looks once I get the 3" wide black leather strap and pickup cover on there, and won't bother. The pickguard screws are all pretty rusted, so I'm going to put some new ones on there (probably). I'll be keeping the originals in a safe place, of course.

    Mark--if I make it to the Bass Summit, rest assured that it'll be joining me (in fact,it's probably going to become the VBass bass, too, if they ever get the new transformer from Roland...).

    Brendan--you don't scare me, ya big hairy bully. :spit: ;)

    Mike--anytime you're in Atlanta, feel free toswing by and relive old times--just play in tune.

    PB--The Jazz is an amazing bass. In fact, it was even voted best modified Jazz Bass last year here at Talkbass. I jsut wanted something I'd use more, and I have no cash, so the Jazz had to go. I certainly wasn't giving up any of my Curbows, and that only left the Jazz and my 6 string ABG.

    I can always get another Jazz down the road.

    Who knows? Maybe the 6 string ABG is next on the block.....
  19. Zoot H Rollo

    Zoot H Rollo

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    now THAT'S a blank plank if i ever saw one!

    i really like it.


    my first bass was a fretless P with a rosewood board.


  20. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    If that should be the case, let me know--that thing interests me. Just not in the next month or two, 'cause I'm to broke for any more big purchases at the moment!