Fender Precision Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1972)

Fender  Precision Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1972)
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Fender Precision Bass Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1972), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 344360, sunburst polyester finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This Fender Precision Bass dates to the early 1970s, but still maintains more of a '60s vibe than basses from even a couple of years later. The 3-color sunburst is a bit less bright than '66-'68 era examples but remains 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 it a classic period look. The larger decal, bridge with solid, non-serrated saddles and the long "G" string screw and the narrower "B" nut width on the neck are the notable newer features found around this time, as the '70s rolled out of the 1960's.

The serial number is typical for the turn of 1971-2. The neck is stamped JAN 72C on the heel. The grey fiber pickup bobbins are coded on the underside dating them to 1971. The pots and jack are not original but these are the only changed parts. This bass looks great but is also a fine player, marginally lighter than many from this decade with the very strong midrangey growl typical of the period. This one of the nicer '70s Fender basses we have had of late, a classic in its own right and still just about as popular as ever.
 
Overall length is 46 in. (116.8 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 5/8 in. (41 mm.).
Overall this is a nice clean and original bass. There is some light finish wear and minor fade to the body, more notable on the back where there is one rubbed away belt-buckle spot at the edge of the upper contour and a few chips by the neckplate. The top has some scratches in the finish but only a couple of small dings beyond that. The neck finish is very clean with hardly any wear and just some checking on the headstock face.

The hardware is all original and complete except as mentioned someone replaced the pots and jack with more modern pieces; the pickup remains fully original and of course none of this is noticeable from the outside. Both covers and the finger rest are still intact, and even the (hardened) foam under the tailpiece cover remains. The neck is very straight and the original frets show very little wear; this bass likely had flatwound strings on it for most of its life as indeed it does now. This is an excellent playing early '70's Precision, now just about 50 years old and ready for another half-century of bottom end goodness. The original case and strap (or period at least) are included. Excellent Condition.