Up for sale, a 1975 Fender Precision Bass with the original deeply yellowed and soulfully aged Olympic White gloss finish. A well-balanced example both sonically and on a strap at 9lbs, tonewoods include an alder body and one-piece maple neck. Via the original gray bobbin pickup, this bass has a rich, deep sound with both low end thump and sweet treble growl. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Precision Bass with fresh 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a substantial U-shaped profile carve with plenty of shoulder, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The original medium jumbo fretwire is intact, leveled and crowned and currently quite low, showing no wear. The bass frets cleanly in every register up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, notably more slender than P Bass nut widths of the '60s (1 3/4"). The headstock sports original chrome-plated Fender-embossed tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The natural gloss on the headstock face has also ambered considerably. The neck heel and pocket retain numerous factory stamps, and the serialized four-bolt neck plate dates to '75.
The simple electronics work as they should, and the original gray bobbin pickup retains its stock windings, with a factory date stamp on the bobbin dating to 1975. The wiring harness was ostensibly replaced soon after the instrument's production, as the CTS potentiometers date to early '77. Hardware includes the original bridge, along with a modern pair of flat-topped knurled knobs. Plastics comprise a modern, aged three-ply black pickguard and the original deep maroon thumb rest.
The original Olympic White gloss finish has aged to a shade approximating "toasted marshmallow," with heavy, tight horizontal finish checking. There is targeted buckle wear just below the belly contour on the back, and various dings and scuffs consistent with use on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its notably smooth gloss, with just a few shallow marks and some additional finish chipping on the bass-side fretboard edge that is smooth to the touch.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included and remarkably well-kept, retaining the raised Fender badge on the lid, a trio of functional latches, and the original handle.