Fender Precision Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1965)

Fender  Precision Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1965)

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Item # 7954
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Fender Precision Bass Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1965), made in Fullerton, California, serial # L55845, Candy Apple Red re- finish, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, alder body, original black tolex hard shell case.
Overall length is 45 in. (114.3 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) . Scale length is 34 in. (864 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This old Precision Bass has had a bit of a history, but is now nicely restored to its original appearance and remains a very fine-playing and sounding instrument. The story we got is that this was originally a Candy Apple Red bass -- this is verified by the original white pickguard, which is intact in good shape with no cracks or extra holes and just a bit of surface wear and shrinkage.

In the '70s the bass was finished over (something to do with a band policy!) and then stripped, and remained that way for decades. More recently it was re-finished back to the original color with a very high quality CAR lacquer job on the body. It has been played a bit since then and has a few small dings and dents...not a "light relic" yet, but on the way.

The neck finish was polished out at some point -- the base coat of original lacquer is still partially there, but the surface has more of a satin feel. The good news is there's no heavy overspray anywhere and the neck feels great, with that classic worn-in Fender feel to the back. The small frets appear original, and in good shape; the bass must have been played mostly with flat wound strings, as there is some wear to the rosewood fingerboard. The date stamp (from early 1965) on the heel is still intact -- this is actually one of the very latest clay-dot Fender necks we have seen. The Fender logo decal is a very nice older repro, quite close to the original in looks. The serial number plate (with a mid-series "L" number) is still intact.

The body shows no routs or other alterations, just the refinish. The pickups and all electronics are correct and original; the chrome knobs are correct-style repros. For some reason someone cut the internal thin metal shielding plate under the pickguard in half just in front of the pickup, but the remainder still covers the essential areas over the controls (we said a history, right?). The chrome bridge and pickup covers are intact and show a bit of wear. The only thing not in period-correct style on the bass is that the original plastic thumbrest is mounted above the strings (shades of the 1970s!) instead of its original position on the pickguard. The Kluson tuners are original, as is the early style white plastic wide-bevel pickguard seen only on Custom Color instruments. The strap buttons (all three of 'em!) are correct repros.

This is a really superb player and a fantastic looking bass at a fraction of the cost of an all-original Custom Color Precision from this period. It is lighter than most and would make a great stage instrument, the sound is the typical '65-'66 growl which seems to focus more on upper mids than earlier Precisions, though it will dial down to warm easily. A cool "player grade" vintage Fender Bass, ready to roll with its original Fender HSC. Excellent Condition.