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Slab Body "Export" 1966 Precision Bass Reissue, Olympic White w/ Fender Neck, Mahogany Body


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Up for sale, a one-off '66 Slab Body Precision Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A thoughtfully assembled relic with premium parts and woods used throughout, this bass replicates a unique slab body P Bass variant that was originally ordered by Fender's distributor Arbiter in the UK in 1966. After the original slab bodied models ended up in the hands of players such as the Who's John Entwistle and Ozzy Osbourne's Bob Daisley, the sparingly few slab bodied P Basses from this era of production quickly rose to be among the most coveted and highly regarded basses of the era. Assembled here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this bass is a meticulous recreation of everything that made the original slab bodied model so visually striking and tonally appealing.

Tonewoods include a slab Honduran mahogany body finished in a relic'd gloss Olympic White, paired with a 2001 Fender maple cap neck, also finished in nitro lacquer and aged by Joe Riggio. This tonewood pairing yields a deep and resonant tone with exquisite breadth, pairing the top end attack and clarity of the maple neck with the rich warmth and smooth growl of the mahogany body. Strung with fresh 45-105 roundwound strings, the ample acoustic qualities of the bass are channeled through a Fender Custom Shop split coil P Bass pickup. And a twist of the Tone knob can dial in the perfect balance of fundamental thump and clarity. Weighing 9lbs 9oz, this bass has been professionally setup with comfortable action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has the correct composition for a Fender neck from the mid '60s, constructed of maple with a separate slab maple cap fingerboard. The neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve bordering on the slender side of things, with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges in every register, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The fretboard has a 9 1/2" modern Fender radius, with flawless medium jumbo fretwire and easy playability up the 34" scale. The bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width, hand-carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock is fitted with aged Gotoh Res-o-Lite tuning machines with the correct vintage footprint and long stem clover buttons. The neck heel retains Fender's factory stamps and a date from 2001.

Electronics include USA-made 250k CTS pots and a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap wired to the Fender Custom Shop gray bobbin split coil pickup. There is also a clean rectangular route around the pickup, completely covered by the pickguard. Hardware comprises a relic'd bridge with threaded saddles, flat-topped knurled knobs and chrome "ashtray" pickup and bridge covers. The pickguard is a vintage-spec relic'd guard courtesy of FenderParts with a wide edge bevel (fun fact, the black guards used on the Export P Basses were the first multi-ply black guards used on any Fender, and they would next pop up on the Rosewood Telecasters).

The mahogany body features a light relic treatment on the Olympic White nitro lacquer finish including broad lacquer checking and some simulated dings. There is also a faint sticker tanline on the lower bout on the back. While it’s always difficult to separate simulated and natural playwear, suffice it to say that this bass has been sparingly played since it was assembled. The neck has been refinished by Riggio Custom Guitars, with simulated palm wear down to the bare maple on the profile length, and the neck profile is smooth and free of any wear beyond Riggio's aging.

A 1980s Fender gigbag is included.