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1968 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1968 Fender Precision Bass in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 100% original save for a body-only nitro lacquer refinish courtesy of Riggio Custom Guitars, this Precision Bass boasts the original nitro gloss on the figured flame maple neck. A fairly lightweight example at 8lbs 5oz, this Precision bass is strung with medium tension flatwound 45-100 strings, dishing out plenty of thump and roundness. Dynamically responsive and rich, the original black bobbin split coil pickup can be both articulate and thick, and this alder-bodied example is ready to be the backbone of any ensemble. 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 round medium C-shaped carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges at the nut, gaining just a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a nice dark cut, retaining the original medium jumbo fretwire which has its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. 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 waterslide decal is fully intact and nigh flawless, notable for being one of the last transitional logos before the "block" Precision Bass text was introduced later in '68. The "lollipop" tuning machines feature gleaming chrome plating and round buttons, turning very smoothly and holding pitch as intended. There is also the common very short and professionally addressed split on the headstock corner, wrapping around the edge of the E tuning gear. The neck heel retains the April, 1968 date stamp which is extremely bold.

All of the electronics work as they should, with stock CTS pots which date to the 42nd week of '66 and the original black bobbin pickup with stock windings. The date on the pickup bobbin itself reads 5-6-68. The body routes are clean and untouched, and all of the original hardware is present including the knurled metal knobs, bridge with spiral saddles, and F neck plate. The chrome plating is stunningly clean, and the original tortoise pickguard has the swirling nitrate material with deep yellows and more mottling, phased out for the "meatball" tortoise material by mid-year. The guard shows some shrinkage beyond the edge of the original aluminum shielding plate below it, still securing to all original mounting holes.

The nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish essentially new and among Riggio Custom Guitar's best work, with a pitch perfect three-tone Sunburst that shows horizontal lacquer checking and tasteful simulated buckle and case wear. The original nitro on the neck is extremely smooth and clean along the entire profile and headstock, showing sparingly little ambering and highlighting the light flame figuring running the length of the profile. The only wear on the profile gloss is a small spot on the treble side shoulder behind frets 5-6.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the bass with black leather ends, functional latches, original handle, and partially-intact small Fender tail-less logo.