1974 Fender Precision Bass which is finished in 3 tone sunburst with a maple neck.
This is a really nice Precision bass and is the first year that Fender used the black pick guard and moved the thumb rest to the bass string side. This bass is in excellent overall condition and the bass has no unplayable chips or dings in the neck. The maple neck is fast and easy to play with the skunk stripe in perfect order with no lifting. The bass has had a refret and so the frets are as new. The bass plays exceptionally well and this is one of my main current gigging Precision basses. The body has nicely aged and has very fine lacquer checking on the front and back. The rear top horn has a few chips and the body edges have scrapes that are just normal gig wear. The tip of the pick guard has a crack by the output jack. The pots dates are 1973, The serial number dates this to 1973-4.The pickups are original and date from 1974 and the ash body weighs just 8.56 lbs. For those of you who are familiar with early 1970 P basses you will know that they relied on silver foil to provide the grounding. This is not a great idea as the foil tends to come detached at the jack socket end with normal wear over the years and you get plenty of hum when this happens. So as this bass is a gigging instrument it has been grounded across the tone controls as well. This was a common recommendation by guitar techs. So you will not have a problem in this department from this bass.
Sound wise this bass delivers a really fat warm precision growl and does everything from Jamerson to the aggressive JJ Burnel tone. The maple necks of this era are made from a wonderfully hard maple which gives these basses a punchy vibrant bass sound. This is one great playing and sounding 42 year old Fender Precision.