PLEASE READ CAREFULLY - This listing is for a 1970's Fretless Fender Precision Bass. There are numerous points with this instrument regarding original, modified and replaced parts. TUNERS AND STRING RETAINER: I had some comments on the tuners, and investigated accordingly. It turns out that the tuners are rare vintage gold-plated Fender Klusons, likely from the early sixties (photos 5 and 6).They are "reverse" tuners, wherein turning them clockwise raises instead of lowers the pitch of the strings. Also, the string retainer appears to be a perfect gold and patina match to the tuners, so they likely came from the same Pre-CBS Fender bass.
Such a mismatch isn't a surprise to me, as I got A TON of stuff from this guy, who inherited from his dad and uncle. Turns out the two humbuckers were double-white Gibson PAFs (both the guitar and PAFs are long gone)... NECK: The neck has a date code of February 1974, although the appearance and the inscribing over the date code might make someone question the date code's validity (photo 8). There is some noteworthy "scarring" on the back of the neck below the headstock where the bass was ostensibly leaned against various things during its lifetime (photo 7). Inlays on the fingerboard that aren't really easy to see, lined up with the neck's side dots (photo 9).
There are no cracks in the neck, and truss rod functions properly. BODY: This poorly-refinished body was originally made by Fender, as seen by the various correct body routes, such as the shape of the ground-wire hole under the bridge (photo 10 - also notice the 2 rows of screw holes in photo 10, one row for the original factory bridge which is long gone, and another row for the current replaced bridge), and the period-correct three-piece alder body (photo 4). Whomever refinished the body basically sanded the finish off, wherein the rounded contours of the edge of the body have typical instances of a sharpened edge (example per photo 11 of upper horn), and where the inside of the lower cutaway seems somewhat affected by the body sanding (photo 4). As a result, the body is thinner than usual. ELECTRONICS: The electronics are dated 1972.REPLACED PARTS: The knobs, and bridge are gold-plated, and DO NOT appear to be actual Fender. The neck plate and strap buttons are of brass, and are also not from Fender. The replaced pickguard is non-factory aftermarket, and the pickguard screws are phillips-flathead brass. DESPITE ITS APPEARANCE, THIS IS A GOOD INSTRUMENT... In the 1970's Fender used a "Thick Skin" finish that was considered to be very durable, but helped to kill the sound. By removing such, the present finish doesn't interfere with the tone as much. The bass has old flatwound strings, and really growls (when I play it anyway). The alder body, sanding, and thinner finish also contribute to a relatively light weight of 8.2 pounds per my scale. The bass is supplied with a "Roadrunner" gigbag. As one can see that there is much detail herein, any oversights on my part are unintentional. The item "1970s FENDER FRETLESS PRECISION BASS With RARE VINTAGE GOLD KLUSON REVERSE TUNERS" is in sale since Monday, April 23, 2018.
This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Bass Guitars". The seller is "rjrguitar" and is located in Newtown, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.