Decca Bass Guitar 1960s

decca bass

 

Here is a crazy looking old Decca bass guitar from the 1960’s. It was made in Japan and I suspect it was made by the same folks who made the Teisco Del Rey guitars and some other imports from that era.

decca in case

It features two pickups with rocker switches and controls for volume and tone. It has a plastic guard and a chrome control plate.

decca head stock

As you can see the finish shows some small scratches, nicks and dings but nothing terrible. There is a section of missing binding on the bass side of the fingerboard from the nut to the 5th fret or so (see photos).decca side

 

One tuner is changed. The neck is REALLY chunky but still comfortable and the small frets are in good shape. Both pickups work and have good output.

decca back

The bass plays and sounds good for an early import, and it definitely looks cool. So while it may not replace your Fender or other more modern bass it’s still fun to play and eye catching.

decca 1960 bass

It comes in the black chipboard case you see in the photos. The case is Very worn but is The Original Case .

The Precision Bass Guitar

When we think Bass guitar probably no other bass enters our mind more than that ole standby the American Fender Precision Bass Guitar,

After all this iconic instrument is what started all of us bass players wanting to Thump Those strings.

Although many of us might not know it, The American Precision Bass Guitar was in fact the very first electric bass guitar you could hold like a guitar and play the bass notes in key and in tune with the rest of the band.

It was 1951 and Leo Fender brought his new baby out in the public,. At that time options for bass players consisted of  usually sharing a very expensive upright bass viola that was huge to lug around, And so expensive that sometimes 3 to 4 bands shared the same instrument.

We all know this could not be very productive for the Bass Player or the band as a whole. And after listening to several Musicians especially bass players Leo Fender decided to do something about it.

It did not happen overnight , After  much experimenting over about 1.5 years finally in 1951 it was born The Fender Precision Bass Guitar.

The first version of the Precision Bass Guitar was crafted to match the look of Fenders ever growing popular Telecaster 6 String electric Guitar.

But then in 1954 the New look Fender Precision Bass Guitar arrived, This new look sported Contoured edges, To make it fit closer to the body and be more comfortable to play.

Then in 1957 the Stratocaster electric guitar came out, And the new look Fender Precision Bass was introduced that resembled the new guitar model stratocaster.

This new look had a rounder neck, A Aluminum Gold Anodized pick guard was put on with 10 screws. Also at this time the single split pickup was added This pickup which resembled two pickups with staggered pole pieces is still standard equipment on today’s P Bass`s.

In 1959 a glued-on rosewood fingerboard featuring “clay”-style dot position markers replaced the 1-piece maple neck and remained standard.

Until In 1966/67, when the Fender company began to offer a option of, A laminated maple fingerboard capped on a maple neck.

Rosewood fingerboards were then made of a thin veneered Material , round-laminated piece of wood and pearloid dot markers replaced the “clay”-style inlays introduced in 1959.

In 1960 the aluminum pick guard was replaced with a 13-screw celluloid design having 3 or 4 layers of black, white, mint green,

Aged white pearloid or brown “tortoise-shell”). In that same year  Just nine short years after The Precision Bass  made its appearance the newly designed Fender Jazz Bass was released.

The rest is History

And Today I want to look at a couple of these iconic instruments that had a very big role in changing the way music sounds today.

 

 Fender Precision Bass 1978 

BLACK 76 P BASS

A black 1978 Fender Precision Bass.

ALL ORIGINAL P BASS

 

This bass is all original. The action is amazingly good due to a straight neck with good neck angle. Bass weighs 10lbs-4oz.1976 P BASS

Comes with the original case and key. There is a small crack on the pickguard near the input jack as well as some lacquer checking on the back.

76 P BASS BACK

And A Little dusty

 Fender P Bass 1976 

76 precision bass guitar

76 pbass in case

Fender P Bass as pictured Serial # 703204

head stock

pbass back

There You Go a little info on the American Precision Bass Guitar Go Play One Today

 

*(*!*)*    The Player

Steinberger Spirit XZ 5 Bass Guitar

MIK Spirit in brilliant red sunburst. Really great condition, Steinberger Spirit XZ 5

 

there is maybe 1 or 2 small dings on the body, and a small scratch on the back of the neck at the 12th fret, otherwise it’s clean as a whistle. Steinberger Spirit XZ 5

Neck and frets are good. These are getting harder to come by. Great for the bassist tired of a heavy axe. Steinberger Spirit XZ 5

I replaced the rather weak stock pickups with a set of EMG 35HZ passive soapbars with rings, at the same time I installed an Elek-Trix Jazz blender wiring harness – master volume/blend/tone.

 

 Steinberger Spirit XZ 5 The tone pot has dip switches that can be adjusted to 9 different cap values. They are set up as humbuckers but single coil wiring is possible. A nice set of 3 Jazz bass type knobs add to the upgrade.

Decca Bass Guitar 1960s

Here is a crazy looking old Decca bass guitar from the 1960’s.decca bass guitar

 

 

It was made in Japan and I suspect it was made by the same folks who made the Teisco Del Rey guitars and some other imports from that era.decca bass headstock

 

 

It features two pickups with rocker switches and controls for volume and tone. It has a plastic guard and a chrome control plate.decca front view

 

As you can see the finish shows some small scratches, nicks and dings but nothing terrible. There is a section of missing binding on the bass side of the fingerboard from the nut to the 5th fret or so  One tuner is changed.decca bass back

 

The neck is REALLY chunky but still comfortable and the small frets are in good shape. Both pickups work and have good output. The bass plays and sounds good for an early import,decca bass case

 

and it definitely looks cool. So while it may not replace your Fender or other more modern bass it’s still fun to play and eye catching