Up for sale, a 1984 Fender Precision Bass Elite II Walnut in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original strap and hardshell case. One of only a few hundred produced during a limited run that ran from mid-1983 to early '85, this Walnut-finished Precision is the highest tiered example in the Elite II lineup, boasting gleaming gold hardware and a slab ebony fingerboard. An upscale P Bass with active electronics, the Elite II 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. And with a weight of 10lbs 9oz, this ash-bodied bass has incredible sustain and articulate note attack, aided by the glassy snap of the ebony fretboard. Dialed in with optimal action and accurate intonation by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this P Bass is strung with 45-100 flatwound strings.
The mahogany neck with maple skunk stripe has a slender C-shaped profile carve with slight shoulders and a fast, effortless feel, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. On the slab ebony fretboard, the original medium jumbo frets are flawless with their full factory height and plenty of meat. The nut measures 1 3/4" in width, and the headstock features gleaming gold-plated tuning machines with the Fender "F" embossed above the gears. The "E3" serial number prefix on the headstock face translates to 1983, while dates on the original CTS pots cross over into the first weeks of '84.
The active electronics are untouched, with two three-way mini toggles as well as dual Volume controls 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 bridge, complete with knurled fine tuners. The gold hardware is positively gleaming with sparingly little patina or aging of the bright plating.
The gloss transparent Walnut finish highlights the broad grain of the ash body, exhibiting a couple small areas of milkiness in the clear coat adjacent to the control route and neck pocket. There is one small finish chip at the edge of the battery compartment, and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss, essentially relegated to the back. The neck profile is flawless.
The original dark brown, gold trimmed molded hardshell case is included, along with the original strap.