Up for sale, a 1983 Fender Precision Bass, honestly played and thoroughly upgraded. Produced at the Fullerton factory in the last few years of the original USA-made Precision Bass production run, this Fender features a solid alder body with an Olympic White gloss finish paired with a one-piece maple neck. Outfitted with a boutique Lollar black bobbin pickup, this split coil design delivers a sonic spectrum akin to the original late-50s P-Bass, offering an upper midrange that stays present in the mix, open top end, articulate note attack, and defined low-end frequencies. The instrument has a natural fundamental punch, with the balanced sound of the alder body and enhanced treble detail of the maple fretboard. Weighing 8lbs 15oz, this Precision has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender profile carve with slight shoulders, almost inferring a soft V shape at the nut, with just a hair more overall depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The bass has been professionally refretted with medium jumbo fretwire, showing uniform wear beneath the strings on frets 1-7 extending more faintly beneath the G just beyond the octave. The bass plays well in every register, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 3/4" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock sports original Fender-branded clover button tuners and the E3 prefix serial number, which matches with the August 17, 1983 date stamp on the neck heel.
The simple electronics work as they should with the Lollar pickup wired to a brand new harness with factory spec 250k CTS pots, cloth-covered leads, and a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. Hardware includes an upgraded Leo Quan Badass II bridge and a pair of flat top knurled knobs.
The original Olympic White gloss finish shows uniform yellowing of the clear coat, appearing closer to Desert Sand, exhibiting a couple lines of broad finish checking adjacent to the bridge on top. There is notable finish chipping and a couple extra doweled strap button holes on the bass-side body horn, with light buckle rash central to the back and some small dings and finish scratches, mostly on the back and body perimeter. The neck profile retains a smooth ambered gloss with some shallow marks along the profile length that aren't distracting to the palm while fretting.
A padded gigbag is included.