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1978 Fender Precision Bass Natural, 100% Original & Collector-Grade, A Nut Width 1 1/2


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Up for sale, a 1978 Fender Precision Bass in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a rare slender "A" 1 1/2" nut width. Exceedingly well-kept and complete with the original hardshell case, this Precision Bass features a Natural-finished ash body and one-piece maple neck, weighing 10lbs 6oz. Pairing the note attack, midrange complexity, and inherent muscle of the ash body with the added articulation of the maple fingerboard, the bass delivers ample thump and broad low end via the original gray bobbin split coil pickup. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Precision Bass is strung with 45-105 DR flatwound strings, dialed in with comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The neck is notable for having Fender's slender 1 1/2" nut width typically associated with a Jazz Bass, categorized as the "A" width. As such, the bass pairs the easy playability of a Jazz Bass with the tonal character of a Precision. The neck profile carve is a deep U shape with generous shoulder and ideal heft, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and 1.010" at the 12th. On the maple fretboard, the bass features black dot inlay and the original medium jumbo fretwire which has its full factory height, showing just a hint of wear on the crowns beneath the A and D strings on frets 3-7. The bass plays cleanly up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The truss rod nut is also flush with the neck heel, necessitating sparingly little adjustment in the past 40+ years. The original tuning machines with large clover buttons are present on the headstock, functioning as intended with notably clean chrome plating. All of the proper factory stamps are present on the neck heel and in the pocket.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the original gray bobbin pickup retains its stock windings. The pots date to the 46th week of '78, and the underside of the original pickguard retains its serialized sticker, matching the S8-prefix serial number on the headstock face. The original dark maroon thumbrest is intact, and the bridge, knurled knobs, and gleaming chrome "ashtray" covers are original as well.

The gloss Natural finish shows sparingly little aging of the clear coat, and cosmetic wear on the instrument is limited to a few faint finish scratches and tiny marks on the body as a whole, with light pick scuffing localized on the treble side of the pickguard. The un-ambered gloss finish on the neck is flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included and also extremely well-kept with functional latches, the original handle, and raised Fender logo on the lid.