Up for sale, a 1976 Fender Precision Bass in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, hangtag and "ashtray" bridge and pickup covers. This P Bass features an ash body and one-piece maple neck, pairing the note attack, midrange complexity, and inherent muscle of the ash body with the added articulation of the maple fingerboard. Weighing 10lbs 11oz, the bass delivers ample thump and broad low end via an era-correct gray bobbin pickup. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar, with 45-100 roundwound strings, this Precision Bass boasts easy-playing action and accurate intonation.
The neck has a substantial U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .870” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features original medium jumbo frets which are in fantastic shape, recently crowned and polished and only showing very light wear beneath the D string on frets 1-8. The bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8“ in width, and on the headstock, the original tuning machines with large clover buttons are present, functioning as they should and turning smoothly. There are numerous factory stamps on the neck heel and in the pocket, along with the "paint stick" markings in the pocket indicative of an original finish.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the original pair of CTS pots date to the 7th week of '76. The pickup is a genuine vintage Fender component, retaining its original windings and actually pre-dating the bass by a couple of years, with a date stamp on the bobbin from '74. The chrome-plated hardware is all original and notably clean, including the pair of knurled knobs, the serialized four-bolt F neck plate, bridge, and "ashtray" bridge and pickup covers. The stock thumb rest and three-ply black pickguard round out the plastics.
The gloss Sunburst finish exhibits extensive checking, and cosmetic wear includes a number of minor nicks and dings on the body as a whole, as well as some forearm wear through the gloss on the bass-side lower bout edge, and one small, round sticker tan line on the lower bout on top. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, highlighting subtle figuring in the maple, with just a few small, shallow marks on the profile length.
The original Fender-branded hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtag.