Fender Precision Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1965)

Fender  Precision Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1965)
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Fender Precision Bass Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1965), made in Fullerton, California, serial # L59512, Olympic White lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This (very) off-white beauty is a relatively early CBS-era Fender bass still retaining the pre-CBS character with a look and feel hardly changed from instruments made in 1964. A notable feature of this particular period is the thin rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, recently changed from the earlier pattern "clay" dots. This neck is stamped September 1965 at the heel and is still finished in the thin pre-CBS lacquer with the original early '60s-style smaller fretwire. The headstock carries the "transition" silver Fender logo decal, which first appeared in the spring of '64.

The body finish is a heavily yellowed and checked Olympic White, which has a great "real relic" look to it. This was one of Fender's more commonly ordered Custom Colors in the mid-60's but is still much rarer than the standard Sunburst finish. The clear lacquer overcoat often darkens and yellows dramatically with age, as indeed is the case here. It strongly resembles the blond finish Fender also offered at the time, but this is indeed an Olympic White, with the correct undercoating on an alder body. The clear lacquer on the neck is also original and is beautifully worn down.

This bass was assembled in the fall of 1965; the pots are coded 6534. The neckplate is stamped with a fairly early "L" series number for that time, which is typical of the non-consecutive numbering practiced at the Fender factory. This bass has definitely seen some use but remains unaltered as it left Fullerton. The sound is perhaps a bit brighter than the earlier '60s models but has plenty of punch and warms up nicely when the tone knob is rolled off a bit. This is a superbly cool-looking and great-playing example of the world's standard electric bass, ruler of the roost 50+ years on and ready for the next half-century of low-end action.
Overall length is 45 in. (114.3 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 34 in. (864 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This great-looking bass shows general wear overall but no alterations, and is 100% original and complete down to the screws, chrome covers and Black Tolex case. The body finish is heavily checked laterally, with numerous small dings and dents to the face, heavier wear spots to the edges, and a large belt-buckle wear spot down to the wood on the back. The neck finish has worn down to the wood in a number of spots but has only a few small scrapes and dings along the back.

The hardware is all complete with some typical plating wear; the pickguard shows only minor shrinkage with no cracked or missing corners. The only alteration is the foam under the pickup coils has been replaced as the original had hardened into a solid rock-like substance. This allows the pickups to be adjusted properly for height. There is a bit of roundwound string wear to the original small frets in the lower positions, but nothing that affects playability. At a bit under 9 lbs, this bass is quite handy, feels great, and has a very lively sound. The original "no-tail-logo" Fender case shows some external wear but remains quite solid. Overall Excellent - Condition.