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1964 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Electric Bass Guitar Seafoam Green w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Precision Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A genuine vintage Pre-CBS example and an extremely expressive and soulful instrument, this bass features a professional nitro lacquer body-only refinish in Seafoam Green. The bass is very resonant acoustically, with a rich sound that sustains beautifully. The fullness and detail of the tone is evident even when unplugged, and the original gray bobbin split-coil pickup perfectly captures these qualities. Currently strung with medium tension flatwound 45-105 strings, the tone has a nice percussive clarity and treble detail, with ample warm low end that can be equal parts thick and woody, yielding a broad thump with the Tone knob rolled back to taste. The bass balances well on a strap, weighing 8lbs 13oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this '64 Fender Precision Bass has an incredible feel, accurate intonation, and comfortable action.

The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is extremely dark and tight-grained, with clay dot inlay, professionally refretted with slender, vintage-spec fretwire which shows only very light wear on the crowns of frets 1-5. The bass plays cleanly in all registers, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The truss rod nut is also flush with the neck heel, indicative of the limited adjustment the truss rod has needed in the past nearly 60 years. The nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone measuring a full 1 3/4" in width. The headstock face has light overspray and a replacement vintage-spec waterslide decal, and the original nickel-plated long stem clover-button tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly.

All of the electronics work as they should, with an early gray bobbin split coil pickup wired to a pair of modern CTS pots. The pickup retains its original windings, with an illegible grease pencil date still faintly visible on one of the bobbins. Hardware includes the original bridge with spiral saddles, L-prefix neck plate, knurled knobs, and pair of "ashtray" pickup and bridge covers, all of which have bright chrome plating save for patina on the saddles and edges of the knobs. Plastics comprise the original pickup covers, and a modern replica wide bevel mint green pickguard with an original aluminum shielding plate beneath it.

The bass features an older, extremely professionally executed body-only nitro lacquer gloss Seafoam Green refinish, and the finish is pitch perfect in its tint and saturation. The bass exhibits a few dings of note on the belly contour on the back, and a few additional minor marks on the bass-side lower bout on top. There is light buckle rash on the back of the bass-side body horn extending to just beyond the neck plate, with a few additional minor marks on the body as a whole, with one additional doweled strap button hole adjacent to the current button locations, with a couple small finish chips surrounding the forward button. The original nitro lacquer on the neck profile is worn to the bare, smooth maple, with just a few minor marks on the profile length and the original finish intact on the back of the headstock.

A modern brown tolex Fender G&G hardshell case is included.