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1963 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst, J Black Finish


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Up for sale, a 1963 Fender Precision Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Featuring a stunningly accurate body-only refinish from former Fender Custom Shop Master Builder J Black, this Precision Bass is a deeply resonant instrument, channeled through a vintage black bobbin pickup.

Tonewoods include a lightweight alder body paired with a maple neck and Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, delivering a rich, balanced natural acoustic sound. Strung with a fresh set of 45-100 roundwound strings, the split coil black bobbin pickup delivers plenty of fullness and woody thump with excellent treble articulation and a sweet, defined tonal character in every register. The bass is notably light at only 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled edges and moderate shoulder at the nut, offering a gentle increase in overall roundness and heft further up the fretboard, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark cut of this tonewood, with dynamic, striped grain extending the length of the board. The bass has been refretted with flawless medium jumbo fretwire that has plenty of meat and crown, playing cleanly up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock face has a clean modern replica Precision Bass waterslide decal, and the original nickel-plated long stem clover-button tuning machines have plenty of shine with only light surface patina, turning smoothly and holding pitch well. The neck heel has an October, 1963 date stamp, and there is a round maple plug flush with the bottom of the heel.

All of the electronics work as they should, with an era-correct split coil black bobbin pickup. One coil retains the original windings, and the other coil has been freshly rewound to match. The wiring harness includes the original Stackpole Tone pot which dates to the 50th week of '63, and the Volume pot is a modern 250k CTS replacement. Hardware includes the original bridge with spiral saddles, L-prefix neck plate and knurled knobs. The "ashtray" bridge and pickup covers are modern Fender components. Plastics comprise the stock pickup covers and the original vibrant nitrate red tortoise pickguard.

The nitro lacquer Sunburst finish was executed years ago by former Fender Custom Shop Master Builder J Black, with just enough red in the central ring and dark brownish black edges. J Black also lightly relic'd the finish, with aging comprising prominent horizontal checking and a few strategic small marks of simulated wear. The neck profile retains its original nitro gloss, worn down to the smooth, bare maple behind frets 1-7.

A hardshell case is included.