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1978 Fender Precision £1,675.00
Black with Maple Neck
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Here’s yet another cracking example of an iconic vintage Fender Precision Bass Guitar – this time, a 1978 bass, in the classic colour scheme of Black, with 3-ply black scratch-plate, and Maple Neck and fingerboard.
This Precision would be perfect for fans of Jean Jacques Burnel (Stranglers), or you might want to affix a mirror scratch-plate, and go for the classic Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) look!
The bass is in good condition for its age, but it has been played and used throughout its thirty-five year history, so does show the usual signs of wear that you’d expect with a bass of this age. There are various marks to the scratch-plate, along with a little buckle-rash to the rear of the body, and some other assorted minor surface ‘dings’ – none of which affect the sound, or playability of this beautiful bass.
Rarely for these guitars, this Precision does come with its original chrome bridge and pick-up covers (which usually get taken off the bass upon purchase, and are then invariably lost). In fact, this bass is surprisingly original; the only thing that has been replaced at some point in its life, are the x4 metal saddles on the bridge (which now have the modern metric allen-key adjusters, as opposed to the usual Imperial). This saddles are genuine Fender replacement parts.
Everything else is original: The bridge-plate itself, all screws, scratch-plate, pick-ups, wiring, jack-plug, tuning pegs – everything.
The Maple Neck is still in fine condition, and has aged with a wonderful, deep, Amber sheen. The original frets still have plenty of life left them and will not need replacing for many, many years to come. The truss works as it should too, and the volume and tone pots are crackle-free.
This Precision has also just benefitted from a complete, professional set-up. The action is fantastic and low, the intonation is spot-on, and she wears a new set of hand-wound, nickel-plated Sunbeam DR Strings. These Precisions are notorious for their huge, bottom-end thump, and this one is no different. One of the reasons that I love this particular bass, is that it has the ability to dial-in a very distinctive, gritty tone, that really gives it serious ‘growl’, making it stand right out and cut through the mix of your band, when the need arises. Not every Precision has this variant of the sound, and as such, for me, it makes the ultimate Rock Bass.
In summary, this is a great condition, beautiful-sounding example of these collectable basses. Currently, I believe Precisions to be extremely good value, and a much better alternative to similarly-priced new USA versions. In this instance, I think you have a playable, work-horse of a bass, that will never let you down, which also carries good investment potential too.
Sadly, this bass does not have its hard case, but will be securely packaged for freight anywhere in the World. Alternatively, we welcome personal visits and try-outs by prior appointment. The bass is located in Chislehurst, Kent (UK).