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  1. My all original ‘66. Now up for grabs in the For Sale section.
  2. Hi all, For sale only (no trades), my beautiful 1966 Fender Precision in fantastic condition, all original (as far as I am aware) with original finish and original Fender hard case (including Fender catalogue). This is a player’s bass, not a case queen, but has been extremely well cared for by previous owners as well as by me. It has light signs of wear and some dings as you’d expect a 54 year old to have. I’ve gigged the bass extensively in the time I’ve owned it and always kept/transported it in a Hiscox LiteFlite case, not the OHSC. Apart from some minor body chips and scratches there are a couple of small dents in the neck behind frets 1-3 but these aren’t noticeable under the hand. There’s also some lovely light checking to the lacquer on the headstock and rear of the body. I’ve tried to capture these as best I can with my phone camera. Pups, pots, wiring and solder joints all look all original. The pups are still bonded to the black foam and backing plate. No dating is evident and I didn’t want to risk separating them to try and find out. Pots are stamped 6618 which I believe is week 18 of 1966 (kindly correct me if I’m wrong). The date stamp on the neck is partially faded and obscured by red ink but this is how it was when I bought it. To my eyes it reads 5 MAY 66 C. The neck is classic P chunky, solid and straight with a fully functioning truss rod and reverse tuners on the headstock. Beautiful striping on the rosewood fingerboard and there’s plenty of life left in the slim frets. The bass is currently strung with LaBella flats. Comfortably light, on the digital bathroom scales it comes in at 8.6 lbs / 3.9 kg. The case has a few dings and a couple of smallish rips but inside is clean and plush and all catches and hinges function (I don’t have the keys though). It came to me with a 1967-68 Fender catalogue inside which is in lovely condition and a really nice piece of history. This is a beautiful example of a mid-60’s P bass with a classic full burpy sound that sits so well in the band mix. Now... I know there are some real vintage aficionados and experts on the forum so in the spirit of openness and honesty I want to mention 3 things; Control knobs. These are more than likely the originals but still look brand new. I have no way of knowing as these were the knobs it came to me with but I am just saying as someone pointed it out to me. Ashtrays. Both are in really good clean condition and I believe are the originals. They show light scratching close up which doesn’t come out in the photos. Inside the bridge cover there is no evidence left of any foam mutes but there is some surface roughness in that area. E string tuner. Fully operational and stable but a bit stiffer than the other 3. I’ve had it apart and lubricated it, can’t see anything wrong, so it’s a bit better but wanted to point this out to potential buyers. I’m offering this bass for sale only (no trades thank you) at a competitive price based on what I’ve seen similar condition basses advertised by reputable dealers. I’m happy to ship within UK only at the buyer’s expense or arrange personal socially-distanced collection within a reasonable radius (location KT18). No EU/overseas transactions due to CITES restrictions still in force around Brazilian rosewood. (More photos are available if needed). Many thanks for any interest! David
  3. Rather ironically the night he blew his groceries in my car we’d been to see Be Sharp in a really small venue. The classic lineup - Jerry Stevenson, Bob Jenkins and Dave Bronze on bass. I remember Lee being completely in awe of the immense talent right in front of him, as if his own natural talent was nothing in comparison. A very modest and unpretentious guy.
  4. I think that’s part of the story, yes. Knowing him quite well back in the Rockbottom days in Croydon that’s exactly what he used to do with the in-stock basses. Talented git!! 😫 Threw up in the back of my brand new car on the way back from The Lazy Toad in Beckenham, the sod...😡 Lovely bloke really and he’s done so brilliantly in his career. Truly well deserved. Taught me a lot and got me one of my first proper gigs with the Rockbottom ‘house band’.
  5. Used to dep for a band that that god awful Mavericks song in their set (fkn ear worm has started up at the mere thought of it)... Everyone hated it with a passion except for the portly singist who really thought he was Raul Malo as soon as the intro started. Getting through 4 odd minutes of that without wanting to throw a seven midway through was the most challenging of bass jobs I’ve had!
  6. Short scale Series 2 from 1982.
  7. In my experience this particular “menu item” commonly occurred after an extended “light lunch” (as described by young Mr Del Var), usually on a Friday evening, somewhere against a wall around the back of Waterloo or London Bridge station, involving some amateur wrestling followed by a degree of knee trembling.
  8. I used a DB410 and DB115 with a DB750 head and the combination was phenomenal. For smaller gigs I left the 115 at home and just used the 410 and it was just as good. Tight lows and good mid range. I sold both cabs due to weight (and space) issues. I believe the SL cabs are lighter but perhaps not as light as other neo cabs. Still got the DB750 head though. Can’t bear to part with that.
  9. Bent down to help keyboardist lift one of his flight cases and ripped my trousers from belt line to crotch, a good 8 inch gash. Had to patch them up inside with silver duct tape but you could still see the rip line as the tape backing was showing through in places. And I had nothing else to change into... Spent the rest of the night with my back very close to the walls!
  10. Recent request from our singist... Not difficult - took about 15 minutes to learn in all - but surprisingly satisfying to play, especially in the choruses with that nice movement through the chords. Sounds like a programmed line to my ears. Wasn’t keen at first but one I now always look forward to playing in the set list. Life’s weird innit?...
  11. Beauty! Don’t do it but GLWTS anyway! I have the maple board version with black blocks and binding and it’s been one of my main gigging basses for the last 10 years. For anyone interested, these are far superior (in my opinion) to a US Fender in terms of tone options and build quality. Also, OBBM’s price is what I paid for mine brand new back in 2009 - new Metros now retail for almost £3k, so you can get your hands on one at 10 year old prices!
  12. Our version of Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd is based closely on Brother Strut’s excellent cover. Simple to play but a fun heavy groove in the choruses. No bass visible in the video and it sounds like a synth but Paul Turner (Jamiroquai) was involved around this time, I believe.
  13. I read somewhere that it was David Hungate. Sure sounds feasible - P bass with a pick...
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