Dating and Originality
This bass is a brilliantly preserved piece, having had only one owner who treated it very well. Having both its bridge and pick-up covers as well as its finger rest, this bass is a real time-capsule that retains ALL of its original parts. The neck has a slab rosewood fingerboard and the tortoise pick-guard sits atop an aluminum shield with a pencil signature underneath. The wiring is cloth-insulated with a “phone-book” capacitor, all grounded against the aluminum shield. The pots date to 1960, which is consistent with the pencil date on the body which reads “12/59”. The neck plate bears the serial number 46085, placing this bass firmly in 1960.
Having been kept safely with its original owner for decades, this bass is in excellent condition. The back finish shows some wear and chipping from age and use, but you’d never guess the age looking at the front! There is some checking on the back of the neck, but not terribly so. The fretboard looks fabulous and the frets show some wear but are generally in fine condition. The neck is very straight as well and is a dream to play. Perhaps the instrument’s biggest issue would be the pickguard, which is curling a good bit but still secures evenly to the body. The chrome covers shine up very nicely, giving this guitar a super clean and flashy look; a truly fortuitous find for any collector. The bass ships in its original hard-shell case, that is great shape as well, along with its original strap and cable with replaced ends.
A Brief History from our Tech Writer
The Fender Musical Instruments story is rife with innovations and masterstrokes of economy-meets-quality builds that revolutionized the electric instruments world. From the humble Broadcaster to the Jaguar, Fender was a force to be reckoned with and demanded that serious manufacturers followed suit. Not limited to six-string innovations, Fender’s early output includes the first mass-production bass ever made; the no-nonsense workhorse known as the Precision Bass. Since its first run in 1951, the P-bass has remained among the most popular and well-used basses in the pop-music world, having been used to great effect by countless legends across a myriad genres. During the ‘50s, the model would see a range of changes until settling on its most recognizable iteration in 1957. This fabulous piece is from 1960, a year in which several options became available, including a wider variety of finish colors and rosewood fretboards.
Weight: 8 lbs. 7 oz.
Nut width: 1 ¾”
8.5/10 (excellent condition) 1960 Made in the USA
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