Rare Vintage 1970 Fender Precision Bass P-Bass Electric Guitar Lake Placid Blue Finish


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What makes this bass special:  100% original & finished in a super rare Lake Placid Blue that has aged beautifully into green.  Fender didn't produce very many custom color instruments in the '70s, so this one is a real gem & an absolute must-have for any serious collector or player.  Just recently acquired from a long-time owner who played the heck out it.  This is a really special P-Bass, not just for its rare finish, but its superb tone & excellent playability.  Professionally inspected by our resident vintage expert & set up by our own master luthier so it plays & sounds fantastic.  To sum it up in one word - Wow!

Cosmetic Condition:  A real road warrior & true vintage beauty.  This is no artificial 'relic' job folks; this is the real deal!  Lots of wear & tear, but then again you typically see that on killer players!  Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, buckle rash, weather checking / lacquer cracks & finish wear.  The original Lake Placid Blue finish 'yellowed' over the years & turned more into a Shorewood green.  You can still see remnants of the blue in certain areas of finish wear & under the pickguard.  Speaking of which, even the guard turned a fabulous smoky yellow!  The previous owner used to love anchoring his thumb into the body while playing & over the years he eventually forged a small crater in the top, just above the pickguard - now that's good, honest play wear my friends!  This bass has a great vibe & real mojo.  None of that fake stuff you see on Custom Shop guitars.  This is an authentic American classic that has aged marvelously & shows off a gorgeous patina.  No nicotine or other offensive odors; she's mean, but clean!

Neck: Nicely rounded & very comfy maple neck & fingerboard with black dot inlays.  Frets show some wear, but still have plenty of life in them.  The front of the headstock has that cool caramel color to it & the decals are in great shape with no bits missing.  Single, round string tree & Fender nickel tuners, all in perfect working condition.  1 5/8" nut width; 34" scale length.  Neck is straight & truss rod works fine.  Neck stamp reads 5 MAY 70 C.

Body:  Contoured, solid alder body finished in rare Lake Placid Blue.  Top-loading bridge with four adjustable barrel saddles.  Original bridge cover.  3-ply white pickguard with black finger-rest.  A small piece of the guard broke off near the bass side of the neck, but overall it's in great shape.  The naturally aged yellowness of the pickguard compliments the green color of the body, which shows off nice variegation throughout.  Bass weighs 8 lbs 5.4 oz - relatively light weight for a P-Bass & incredibly resonant!

Pickup:  Original split single coil with a rich, warm tone - 10.64K ohms.  Pickup cover is missing.  Master volume & tone controls with knurled knobs.  Both pots date to '66.  All electronics & wiring are original & in perfect working condition.

Case:  Original hardshell case included.  The condition of the case mimics the condition of the bass in that it's quite well worn.  It's missing its handle, the fabric under the lid is peeling away & the interior compartment walls are missing.  But all three latches are present & working & the case serves its purpose well.

Why We Love Fender

It's hard to find a name more synonymous with guitars than Fender. Ever since Leo Fender burst onto the scene with his now-iconic Telecaster, Fender guitars have found homes in the hands of brand new guitar players and seasoned rock stars. When the headstock says Fender, you know you're getting a quality instrument.