Up for sale, a 1983 Fender Precision Bass Elite II in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This rare Elite II is from the first year of a limited production run that ran from mid-1983 to early '85. An upscale USA-made P Bass with active electronics, the bass boasts two split coil pickups that have an incredible amount of tonal range. Whether you seek more treble-focused growl or thick thump, the Elite II's intuitive control layout allows you to easily dial in the sound you need. Weighing 9lbs 5oz, tonewoods comprise an alder body, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard, yielding a balanced, smooth natural acoustic tone. Dialed in with comfortable action and accurate intonation by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this P Bass is strung with 45-100 roundwound strings.
The maple neck has a slender soft V-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. On the thick slab rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, only displaying the faintest hint of wear on frets 1-2. The bass plays cleanly in every register up the 34" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut is just a hair shy of a full 1 13/16” in width, and just fractionally wider than 1 3/4”. The headstock features gleaming chrome-plated tuning machines with the Fender "F" embossed above the gears. The "E3" serial number prefix on the headstock face, and the neck heel is dated June 23, 1983 and features a “J. Torres” inspection stamp.
The active electronics are untouched, with original solder joints and CTS pots that date to the 19th week of '83. Controls include two three-way mini toggles as well as dual Volume knobs and a Master Tone. The first mini toggle selects between the two pickups, and the second toggle assigns the Tone control to either pickup or both. All of the original hardware and plastics are accounted for, and given that the Elite series was exactly what it purports itself to be, all of the parts used on this instrument are essentially exclusive to this line, including F-capped knobs with ridged surrounds and a heavy duty Fender-embossed toploader bridge, complete with knurled fine tuners. Save for light patina on the fine tuners, the chrome hardware is positively gleaming. Plastics include the original lightly aged pickup covers and three-ply pickguard, which displays some light scuffing along the pick path on the treble side.
The Olympic White finish has gently aged to a shade of cream, exhibiting buckle rash at the treble-side waist, and some finish scratches and dings, largely relegated to the back and body perimeter. The top, by comparison, is quite clean; as is the lightly ambered gloss finish on the neck profile.
A Rockbag-brand padded gigbag is included.