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1958 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Gold Guard Sunburst, Riggio Finish w/ Tweed Case


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Up for sale, a 1958 Fender Precision Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Featuring a body-only and very faithful nitro lacquer refinish courtesy of Riggio Custom Guitars, this bass has all the hallmarks of the second year where the Precision Bass would gain its now iconic split coil pickup configuration, including a raised A string pole piece pickup, and a one-piece maple neck with a slender, effortless C-shaped profile carve.

Delivering a broad natural acoustic tone that’s effortlessly rich and articulate in equal measure, this bass boasts the distinctive note attack and treble-centric articulation of the maple fretboard, paired with an alder body that yields a tone that's even-sounding and smooth. The low end is muscly and robust, and the bass is currently strung with flatwound D'Addario Chromes 45-100 strings. The bass is well-balanced on a strap and weighs 8lbs 5oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this 1958 Fender Precision lives up to its "holy grail" bass status, with solid intonation, jaw-dropping tone and a feel that no modern bass or reissue can match.

The maple neck has a slender, effortless C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. There is light clear lacquer overspray on the profile, also worn by contact with the palm and practically imperceptible from the original gloss. The fretboard retains the original slender fretwire, leveled and crowned in the instrument's lifetime and currently showing no wear, playing cleanly in every register. A modern hand-carved bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width. The headstock retains the original reverse geared long stem clover button tuning machines, and these tuners turn smoothly with a light speckling of patina on the nickel plating. The original headstock decal is also mostly intact, and a small (presumably dealer related) decal was removed from the back of headstock in the past. The bass also has a very slight and partial (and very common) repaired split extending from the mounting hole for the low E tuner. The neck heel is pencil dated 6-58, and the original Sunburst finish is retained in the neck pocket.

The electronics consist of the original pair of Stackpole pots dating to the 18th week of '58, along with the original "chewing gum" tone cap. The pickup is a very faithfully made replacement courtesy of Sonny's Custom Shop, properly aged and made with the same black fiber bobbins, beveled alnico pole pieces, and cloth-covered leads. All of the original hardware is intact, including the bridge bass with distinctive squared-off back edges, spiral saddles, knurled metal knobs, neck plate with "0" prefix only seen from 1957-58, and of course the stock gold anodized pickguard which is remarkably well-kept.

The nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish was executed some years ago by Riggio Custom Guitars, extremely faithful to a 1958 burst gradient with a broad central ring of red and faux aging including spiderweb lacquer checking and various simulated marks of wear, with some additional light, honest playwear accrued in the past five years since the finish was applied. The neck retains its original finish with light lacquer overspray, exhibiting light palm wear on the profile shoulders and finger wear through the gloss on the fretboard from frets 1-7, with wear favoring the treble side and extending to the octave.

A modern Fender G&G Deluxe tweed hardshell case with red plush interior is included.