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Anyone else find it a bit strange that there's a Squier single coil P (as in, not split coil) but not a Fender one available apart from extremely expensive custom shop models?

When was the last time there was one as a normal Fender model?

Anyone know of one from another brand in the 500-1500 range?

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Most folk build their own but a couple spring to mind.

 

Mike Donner's Crackercaster.

http://www.guitarrepairoftampabay.com/crackercaster-4.asp

 

Bach Music.

http://www.bachmusik.com/en/music-instruments/bass-guitars/model-bach-bpb-60

 

Retrovibe announced the Django earlier this year. Those were medium scale and I'm not sure how many Dave built.

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Cheers man, very much appreciate the links.

I did think of building from parts but the few bodies I could find didn't appeal to me and every time I think of painting my own I look up how to do it and remember what a massive pullava it seems.

Not think it's strange that there's a Squier model but no Fender branded?

Since I've been playing bass there hasn't been a Fender one either, I wonder how long ago there was one.

I just find it surprising that there's a Squier model that is unique in the range without a more expensive equivalent. Would expect maybe a Vintera 50s bass with the single coil.

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I think it's a bit weird, and agree on the Vintera idea.

The last single coil Precisions were the '51 reissues which were discontinued quite some time back, and while they may never be as popular as the post '57 P designs or Jazz, are clearly still a beloved style. I'd have imagined that a slab style or post '54 'contoured' single coil P would be a fairly sturdy seller with the big F on the headstock.

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Back from about 93 til about 2003 there was the Japan 51 RI, came in blone and an incorrect 2-tone burst. And around 2002 MIJ did a limited run of blue flower and pink paisley finish on the contour 54/55 style body. And of course the Sting signature P released to the rest of the world, although only in Japan they also did it without the Sting inlay. Not many of those floating around. 

 

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Nice one mate.

Don't have the dough right now but I think possibly getting one of these second hand in the future will be the answer.

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I am in the middle of a build, it’s actually not that much of a hassle, just patience is required. I sourced everything second hand and traded etc (aside from paint) very satisfying and I will get exactly what I want

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2 hours ago, Cuzzie said:

I am in the middle of a build, it’s actually not that much of a hassle, just patience is required. I sourced everything second hand and traded etc (aside from paint) very satisfying and I will get exactly what I want

Wish I had the patience for a paint job.

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1 minute ago, thegummy said:

Wish I had the patience for a paint job.

Nitro spray cans - Dartford are the best I have used.

make sure the body is well prepped, do max 3 coats in one sitting 15-20 mins apart, leave 24 hours, repeat as required.

Its not too bad, 

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I’ve had a hankering for a butterscotch ‘51 (preferably a ‘54, actually, with contouring) for quite some time, but they never seem to come up... I’ve driven myself mad researching custom parts, but after shipping/customs (am in the Netherlands) it tends to get a bit expensive for a parts build. :(

Nice job on the sort-of ‘51 @Cuzzie!

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1 hour ago, Danuman said:

I’ve had a hankering for a butterscotch ‘51 (preferably a ‘54, actually, with contouring) for quite some time, but they never seem to come up... I’ve driven myself mad researching custom parts, but after shipping/customs (am in the Netherlands) it tends to get a bit expensive for a parts build. :(

Nice job on the sort-of ‘51 @Cuzzie!

Thanks for that - getting parts can be a pain and expensive so I tried making my own aside from a neck of course, if you have a friendly carpenter near you, you may be able to do one!

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Something that makes the lack of a Fender model even stranger, in a way, is that until recently they sold the old style neck (i.e. with the Tele shaped headstock) as a spare part but not a body with the old style pickup. The neck is still available in some shops.

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I built a '57 using Warmoth parts and a Lollar pickup when it was still feasible to do so. The exchange rate means that you're into brand new US Fender money for the cost of neck and body alone

 

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