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SOLD 1978 Fender Precision factory Fretless (all original)
£1300

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[s]For sale is my '78 fretless p-bass with factory fretless maple fingerboard and super 70's sunburst finish.

The bass is all original and has all its ashtrays, thumb rest etc, there's even an old fender strap that looks about the right age and the original sales receipt from Soho Soundhouse in '80.

I have changed the pickup screws and scratchplate screws for new ones but the original ones are included. I also have a period correct G&G Fender hardcase which didn't come with the bass but is exactly the right style to have done so (see pics)... It was sold to me as a '78 and the serial number indicates as much... (although it can mean anything from '77ish to '79ish in Fender world - original receipt dated 1980).

Weighs 9 & 3/4 lb and with a nice strap is very comfy and nicely balanced. The fit and finish are darn good and the neck pocket is nice and snug (see pics). While I've had it I've used it live twice and recorded with it once and it sounded lush with a lovely warmth to the mwah on the upper register notes, super sweet and classy :)

Selling because more recording opportunities are coming up and something a tad more versatile would be beneficial so am after an aternative fretless (ideally an ACG Uber fretless 4 or Wal MK1 fretless 4 or maybe Guild B-302 fretless) for a wider tonal pallette.

Bass is in Sheffield, happy to ship (price includes UK shipping).

Pics:
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Original receipt dated 05/04/1980
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this is the only mark other than minor surface swirling and patina...
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Edited by andydye

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That looks familiar :)

If it's the one I think it is, it is absolutely lovely to play and hear, and a pure stunner to look at. A classic vintage Fender. Good luck with the sale.

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[quote name='Beedster' timestamp='1444320621' post='2882248']
That looks familiar :)

If it's the one I think it is, it is absolutely lovely to play and hear, and a pure stunner to look at. A classic vintage Fender. Good luck with the sale.
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Thanks matey, she's a beaut for sure! I'd probably trade for a fretless PJ even with cash my way, just need more tonal options.

PICS UP :)

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If you do sell my '78 Fretless P/J is in the classified section, I'd love to offer a trade but I have far too many fretless basses!
Good luck
Chris

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[quote name='Beedster' timestamp='1444383703' post='2882708']
If you do sell my '78 Fretless P/J is in the classified section, I'd love to offer a trade but I have far too many fretless basses!
Good luck
Chris
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haha thanks matey :D

This lovely lady [url]http://basschat.co.uk/topic/270731-fs-78-fender-precision-fretless-pj-withdrawn/[/url] oo nice :gas:

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I've been advised that this bass is advertised far too cheaply and it should be much nearer £1,800! Therefore I am going to do nothing cos this is bass chat and top dollar is to be found outside the family so the bargain price remains ;)

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[quote name='andydye' timestamp='1444559504' post='2884029']
I've been advised that this bass is advertised far too cheaply and it should be much nearer £1,800! Therefore I am going to do nothing cos this is bass chat and top dollar is to be found outside the family so the bargain price remains ;)
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This bass used to be mine and I'd fully support that. Whilst maple-board fretless Precisions appear to be, for reasons I don't fully understand, quite an acquired taste, they are two things. Firstly outstanding instruments. Maple necks to my ear compensate for all of the limitations of rosewood and a single P-PUP, the player is far better able to tease nuances out of the bass in a manner more in keeping with an ebony board. Second, they are getting VERY rare in original configuration, and even rarer in this condition. In short, this is in investment condition (this is why I sold it, nothing remains in investment condition for very long in my house). I am very tempted to offer a trade with something that Andy might find more to his liking, but suspect that I would never want to gig it in case I dropped it etc, and the finish is so beautiful that would be a real shame. I also have about 4 more fretless basses than I need at present.

But I do keep coming back to this page :rolleyes:

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[quote name='Beedster' timestamp='1444588500' post='2884332']


This bass used to be mine and I'd fully support that. Whilst maple-board fretless Precisions appear to be, for reasons I don't fully understand, quite an acquired taste, they are two things. Firstly outstanding instruments. Maple necks to my ear compensate for all of the limitations of rosewood and a single P-PUP, the player is far better able to tease nuances out of the bass in a manner more in keeping with an ebony board. Second, they are getting VERY rare in original configuration, and even rarer in this condition. In short, this is in investment condition (this is why I sold it, nothing remains in investment condition for very long in my house). I am very tempted to offer a trade with something that Andy might find more to his liking, but suspect that I would never want to gig it in case I dropped it etc, and the finish is so beautiful that would be a real shame. I also have about 4 more fretless basses than I need at present.

But I do keep coming back to this page :rolleyes:
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Thanks matey, most kind, she is awful purdy and in need of a new home :D

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[quote name='peterkas' timestamp='1445102618' post='2888840']
Bump for this lovely fretless
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Why thank you kind sir :D

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[quote name='peterkas' timestamp='1445178441' post='2889300']
I love Pbass fretless. I have a quality replica and the sound and taste are unique

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Niiiiiiice :D

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[quote name='peterkas' timestamp='1445178441' post='2889300']
I love Pbass fretless. I have a quality replica and the sound and taste are unique

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What is the pictured bass if I might ask my friend, it's rather lovely?

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It's a Nardelli Basses body (http://www.nardellibass.com). Extreme light (4.5 lb, 2 kg). The neck is a warmouth maple fretless high gloss. Schaller '70 tuners. The pickups are Loureiro Pickups (a Spanish pickup maker http://www.jlguitars.com) hand wound. The neck pickup it's a split one. Totally balanced (in volume). Cts, orange drop, gotoh bridge..
More photos https://flic.kr/s/aHskmgKG1Q

But your 1978 precision is a piece of history. Glwts

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[quote name='peterkas' timestamp='1445339765' post='2890639']
It's a Nardelli Basses body (http://www.nardellibass.com). Extreme light (4.5 lb, 2 kg). The neck is a warmouth maple fretless high gloss. Schaller '70 tuners. The pickups are Loureiro Pickups (a Spanish pickup maker http://www.jlguitars.com) hand wound. The neck pickup it's a split one. Totally balanced (in volume). Cts, orange drop...
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looks lovely mate :D

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Oh that is dirty! :wub: both of them.

Edited by ezbass

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[quote name='ezbass' timestamp='1445351474' post='2890801']
Oh that is dirty! :wub: both of them.
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2 on the page is worth one in the hand? :gas: :ph34r:

Edited by andydye

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Fretless Precisions always sound great. I had a bitsa once made from an '83 neck and a no-name body and really liked it. Lovely soft, articulate, expressful tone with a subtle mwah that you o my get from a P pup.

I have no doubt that this one would sound even more lovely! I'd gladly have this one if funds allowed and I'd use it every day. A bass this gorgeous deserves to be used!

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[quote name='Truckstop' timestamp='1446401754' post='2899120']
Fretless Precisions always sound great. I had a bitsa once made from an '83 neck and a no-name body and really liked it. Lovely soft, articulate, expressful tone with a subtle mwah that you o my get from a P pup.

I have no doubt that this one would sound even more lovely! I'd gladly have this one if funds allowed and I'd use it every day. A bass this gorgeous deserves to be used!
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Thanks matey, if it had a j pup at the bridge it'd still be perfect as I love the feel of it and the tone from the p pup...I'd just like a bit more j with my p :)

Edited by andydye

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On hold until next weekend :) for Stephen Houghton (1st dibs if falls through is Starman)

Edited by andydye

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That's a beauty :)
Off topic but I remember the soho sound house, bought my Trace Eliot gear there.

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[quote name='Highfox' timestamp='1446901331' post='2903338']
That's a beauty :)
Off topic but I remember the soho sound house, bought my Trace Eliot gear there.
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Oo nice anecdotal tie-in there matey :D

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[quote name='andydye' timestamp='1446901735' post='2903345']
Oo nice anecdotal tie-in there matey :D
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I'm just keen on living in the past.

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[quote name='Stephen Houghton' timestamp='1446903388' post='2903364']
Cheers for holding until I can get over Andy :)
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No problem my friend :D

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