This Fender Precision was repaired and refinished and assembled from a bunch of vintage parts I collected over time. I had always wanted to build an Olympic White with Tortoise Guard P-bass, as I think the creamy color of the aged Olympic White looks great with the brownish-red of a vintage tortoise guard. So I assembled this example, but now have decided to part with it as I have more than half a dozen vintage Precisions and I really don't need that many.
The body is refinished with a '60s style nitro finish: yellow stain, clear sealer coat, flat white primer, Olympic White color coat and a tinted clear topcoat. The tinting of the clear coat was done such that there is a "shadow" under the pickguard, neckplate, bridge and bridge cover with those areas yellowed less than the exposed areas of the body (see below).
The resulting bass weighs in at almost exactly 8 lbs with the chromed bridge and pickup covers on. The 70s grey-bottom pickup (10.8K Ohm resistance) is powerful and sounds great (like they all do!) and the bass plays well. The neck has a tiny amount of relief ( 1/32nd of an inch) and plays well up and down the neck and intonates pretty accurately as currently set up.
The bass is not a mint-condition restoration, but is also priced accordingly at about half of what an original sunburst '72 P-bass sells for currently.
The bass comes in a kind of beat-up but solid early 70's Fender bass case with a fairly rare rootbeer colored lining - I originally got the case with a mutilated '73 Jazz bass that was brought to the US from London, so maybe its an export Fender case? It has the correct 1972 - 1975 Fender logo on it.
This bass is located in the Boston area and is available for in-person examination if you're local. For those outside of the Boston area, shipping will be extra - please contact me with your location and I will give you a quote for shipping via FedEx or USPS.
I accept payment by cashier's cheque/money order, cash in person or Paypal - though there will be an additional charge to cover Paypal expenses (approx. 3 1/2% of total).
Please direct all inquiries to me via email: email@example.com - with something like "'72 P-bass" in the subject line so I don't miss your email if it ends up in my spam folder.
The majority of the parts ARE correct for a 1972 Fender Precision, but they are from different instruments originally.
The vintage parts include:
- 1972 B-width neck, refretted and refinished with repro logo
- 1970 - 1973 alder body, with routing repairs and refinished in aged Olympic White
- 1970s grey-bottom Fender P-bass pickup
- 1969 - 1972 Fender bridge with extended G saddle screw
- 1968 - 1975 Fender 4-ply tortoise guard, with chip at point near output jack
- 1972 - 1975 "F" tuners & bushings
- 1972 - 1973 Fender hardcase, with rootbeer-colored lining
The reproduction parts include:
- chrome bridge & pickup covers
- F-logo neckplate
- pots, knobs and output jack
- various screws
At the correct angle, the outlines of the plugs for the bridge pickup and the switch near the pickguard edge are just visible - click on pictures for expanded views.