Up for sale, a 1968 Fender Precision Bass, ripped and raw and 100% original, complete with the original hardshell case. An extremely soulful and resonant vintage example weighing 8lbs 9oz with an alder body, this Precision bass is strung with roundwound 45-105 strings, dishing out plenty of thump. The bass delivers a dynamic, rich sound with great treble detail and broadband punch. Professionally setup, we've had this bass dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to ensure optimal action and intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a fairly chunky C shape with round shoulders and rolled fretboard edges, staying consistently full-feeling with a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a nice dark cut, retaining the original medium jumbo fretwire which has been freshly leveled and crowned, showing zero wear with fairly low crowns yet with good life remaining. The bass features a straight neck, optimally adjusted truss rod, and truss rod nut flush with the neck heel, necessitating little adjustment over the past half century. The nut has Fender's traditional "B" width of 1 5/8". On the headstock, the original Precision Bass block logo is present, and the original Fender-embossed tuning machines function as intended with surprisingly clean chrome plating. The neck heel retains the August, 1968 date stamp which is extremely bold, along with the "paint stick" factory markings in the neck pocket.
All of the electronics work as they should, with stock CTS pots which date to the 31st week of '66 and the original split coil pickup with stock windings. The pickup has one gray bobbin and one black bobbin, and both bobbins are hand-dated (9-3-68 and 9-10-68, respectively). The body routes are clean and untouched, and all of the original hardware is present including the knurled metal knobs, bridge with spiral saddles, F neck plate, and original "ashtray" bridge and pickup covers. The chrome plating is bright and clean, and the original nitrate tortoise pickguard is a deep "meatball" red with one corner missing.
The nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, exhibiting a few isolated spots of tight lacquer checking on the body, prominent buckle rash on the back of the bass side body horn, and additional dings and finish chips, largely relegated to the back and body parameter. There is also a localized spot of pick and thumb wear just beyond the pickguard edge. The nitro lacquer on the neck profile is deeply ambered and extremely smooth, with palm wear through the gloss on the treble side edge and more central to the carve behind frets 3-5.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included and extremely well-kept with black leather ends, functional latches, original handle, and partially-intact small Fender tail-less logo.