Fender Precision Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1970)

Fender  Precision Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1970)

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Fender Precision Bass Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1970), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 281252, sunburst finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This Precision Bass dates to the very start of the 1970s, but still maintains a late '60s vibe. The 3-color sunburst is a bit less bright than '66-'68 era examples but appears relatively unfaded. Old-school P-Bass features like the chrome bridge and pickup covers, tortoise plastic pickguard, and the fingerrest below the strings still lend this bass a classic period look. The bridge with solid, non-serrated saddles and the long "G" string screw and the narrower nut width on the neck are the notable newer features that began around this time, as the '60s turned into the '70s.

The serial number is typical for the earlier part of 1970. The neck has no stamps on the heel, not atypical of this transitional period at Fender. The pickup bobbins are coded "1420" on the underside which dates them to 1970 and pots are stamped for the 42nd week of 1966, leftovers from the enormous CBS buy in that year. This bass looks great but is also a good player, much lighter than many and great-handling with the very strong midrangey sound one would expect. Overall one of the nicer '70s Fender basses we have had of late.
 
Overall length is 45 3/4 in. (116.2 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 34 in. (864 mm.). Width of nut is 1 9/16 in. (40 mm.).

Overall this is a pretty clean and original bass. It has been recently refretted and plays very well. There is some light finish wear to the body with some typical checking, more to the back than the front. There is one touched up spot on the edge of the body just below the controls. The back of the neck is a bit more worn with several spots of finish wear and a couple of deeper divots into the wood, behind the 4th fret.

The knobs are both period but not a perfect match, and the screws holding the bridge and pickup covers on are recent. The covers themselves look older but likely not as old as the bass itself -- nonetheless, they complete the look. The owner's name "Bignell" (or is that "Big Nell"?) is neatly etched in the side of the body just under the heel; it's not deep, but kind of a cool touch! A nice playing and sounding bass that includes a modern re-issue HSC. Excellent - Condition.