Fender Precision bass
One-of-a-kind Fender Precision bass – $600
Three years ago I built this bass entirely from parts, to match the vision I had in my head for The Perfect Precision bass. And, IMHO, I succeeded brilliantly. 😉
All of the parts were acquired online, mostly through eBay. If you’re familiar with STRATosphere, this guy buys complete guitars and basses and parts them out for a profit. The body, neck, tuners and bridge came from him, the rest of the parts from elsewhere. The only part that wasn’t new is the anodized gold pickguard, which has a bit of mojo.
Every piece was selected individually; in some cases (the neck in particular), I waited weeks or even months for the right specimen to come up. The body is a Crafted in Japan (CIJ) ’62 reissue, in Old Lake Placid Blue. The neck and tuners are from a CIJ ’57 reissue. The pickguard and threaded bridge are MIA ’57 reissue. The pickups are MIA Fender “Originals” ’62 P bass replacement pickups. The strings are GHS Precision flats; there’s no wear to speak of on the vintage-style frets.
The body is alder, like MIA Fenders, but is finished in polyurethane rather than nitrocellulose lacquer, as is the neck. The neck is one-piece maple with a mahogany skunk stripe. The tuners are standard-tune, unlike the reverse-tune tuners of MIA reissues.
As you can see from the photos, I completely shielded the control and pickup cavities with copper foil. The wire is all vintage cloth-covered. I routed a notch out of the body at the heel of the neck for making trussrod adjustments (not visible with the pickguard on). The capacitor is a garden-variety .22 (IIRC) from Radio Shack; a possible upgrade would be an Orange Drop or somesuch.
The bass is in immaculate shape. There’s one tiny ding on the back, a couple inches from the neck plate. Otherwise, only the pickguard shows any signs of wear. I also have the matching pickup cover and screws. The bass looks *awesome* with it on, but I couldn’t play with it on.
So why am I selling if it’s so awesome? Because I gig exclusively with a five-string, and this one just doesn’t get played any more. Also, I just bought a new motorcycle, and some things have to go to make room for it.
EDITORS NOTE : ITS POSSIBLE THIS SNEEKED BY US WE MIGHT HAVE LISTED THIS BEFORE