Jump to content
sambecker1

1962 Fender P bass authientic?!

Recommended Posts

Hi folks,

I have been offered this bass and I am wondering if it is an authentic 1962 Fender P?  I have attached pictures. It all seems period correct (apart from wrong label and refinished hardware, added pickup and all that jazz) but I'm not an expert on these things. Been modded like crazy but I don't mind. Serial is 74510.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! 

Best wishes,

Sam

178017701_2865542190384927_5158206947806992769_n.jpg

178038466_2865542217051591_2144222915062788017_n.jpg

178067803_2865542260384920_4494987911829342856_n.jpg

178188399_2865542120384934_8206084281008870136_n.jpg

178437027_2865542297051583_7900942793910062360_n.jpg

178672573_2865542357051577_5463889460197985804_n.jpg

178766523_2865542160384930_370679184308313247_n.jpg

178842855_2865542283718251_5082728878906854371_n.jpg

178910056_2865542133718266_287481272137288698_n.jpg

179269113_879098236315126_7365990676298743819_n.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The burst doesn't look very 1962, also it would be very rare for a nitro finish to withstand 60 years of gigging without any wear!  Also, thru body stringing on a 60s bass?

I can't make out if there's a hole at the back of the headstock for a strap button - or if it's just the wood grain.  A 62 should have this button

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Refinish body and neck (including decal)
Through-body mod
Replacement hardware
Replacement pickguard
Added Jazz pickup

I suppose really, if the body and neck woods are genuinely '62, depends how important that is to you....and how expensive it is.
There's not a lot of the original 'vibe' left in my opinion.

Si

Edited by Sibob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, acidbass said:

I can't make out if there's a hole at the back of the headstock for a strap button - or if it's just the wood grain.  A 62 should have this button

Looks to have been filled to me.

Si

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Really the only things that would mark this as a genuine 62 are the neck plate and clay dots.  How else would you tell with the amount of work that has been done?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, Sibob said:

Refinish body and neck (including decal)
Through-body mod
Replacement hardware
Replacement pickguard
Added Jazz pickup

I suppose really, if the body and neck woods are genuinely '62, depends how important that is to you....and how expensive it is.
There's not a lot of the original 'vibe' left in my opinion.

Si

Yeah it's definitely been modified beyond the original in a very big way!

I'm mainly interested if anyone thinks the body and neck are original!

Thank you for all the replies so far!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, sambecker1 said:

Yeah it's definitely been modified beyond the original in a very big way!

I'm mainly interested if anyone thinks the body and neck are original!

Thank you for all the replies so far!

It’s a slab fingerboard with clay dots and I’ve seen markings like that before. I would be surprised if the body is original so then I’d be questioning if the neck is a replacement too. It’s easy to attach an original neckplate and tuners to another bass. 
 

if it sounds/ plays good then that’d be the best way to judge its value.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will only say two words : RUN AWAY !

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

I might not run away. Just walk quickly away.

Just the way the bridge is strung tells you everything you need to know about this instrument. 

Edited by Lfalex v1.1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It may have been a legit 62 at some point.

if it’s a realistic price... might be a decent player grade.

but I’d want a sympathetic neck/headstock refinish done as that decal is pure toilet 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Irrespective of what it actually is, whoever thought that bridge/through body thing was a good idea needs a slap 🤠

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
34 minutes ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

Irrespective of what it actually is, whoever thought that bridge/through body thing was a good idea needs a slap 🤠

I do it on all of my basses? What’s wrong with you?!

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The strings going over the back of the bridge and into holes behind the bridge doesn't look very well thought out.

178672573_2865542357051577_5463889460197985804_n.jpg

  • Confused 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, Jean-Luc Pickguard said:

The strings going over the back of the bridge and into holes behind the bridge doesn't look very well thought out.

178672573_2865542357051577_5463889460197985804_n.jpg

I'm with you there!!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi @sambecker1
Just wondering whether you went for this bass?

As others have said - that body could be a refin. And that adaptation to make it a body-through string arrangement is all wrong. I'd have thought the break-angle at the saddles may cause problems. Also, as you tune + re-tune, it would put stress on the strings - they're at a 90 degree angle.... on a sharp (ish) edge, rather than a curved, grooved slot.

Having said all of that - if the neck was genuine, and the bass felt good and sounded good, and critically - if the price was right.... it could be worth going for
But again, that would depend on it being priced as a '62 neck on a replacement body. The bridge is easy enough to sort, and the holes in the body could be filled.
As others have also said - a better replacement decal would be something I'd want to sort out.
Finding out whether it's a genuine neck is another matter....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.



  • Similar Content

    • By shybaldbuddhist
      Set of flatwound chrome long scale medium gauge bass strings. Only played once before deciding I needed a lighter gauge.
      Gauges are: 50, 70, 85, 105. 
      The strings are cut to fit a Fender Jazz bass so will still be long enough for all types of bass.
      Normally £42. Will post for a couple of pounds extra. 


    • By foxtrott
      I am looking for a Fender Precision Bass CS or Vintage. 
      The bass is in good condition, technically tiptop, with usual optical used tracks (on the back of the body) and on the top plate smaller things, which I captured in the photos as best as possible.
      *now 2.500 € for a straight sale*
      The tone and response is extremely direct and resonant. The playability very comfortable.
      Shipping is possible in a sturdy and very good case. https://www.protectionracket.com/products/item/bass-guitar-case-std
      Here are some soundfiles, recorded at home.
      Fingerstyle
       
      Slap
       
      Specs: 2006 Jerzy Drozd Obsession Excellency 6 Strings 35" Scale 24 Frets Etimoe Body Zebrawood Top 3 Piece Maple Neck 7 Screws Bolt-on Maple Neck Ebony Fretboard Matching Headstock Two pieces Jerzy Drozd Bridge Two Jerzy Drozd Single Coils Pickup Aguilar OBP-3 Preamp 18mm strings spacing, possible to up to 19mm or down to 16.5mm. 9mm at nut Ebony Nut Asymetrical D Neck Controls : Volume/Blend/Bass/Medium 400hz or 800hz/Treble Trussrod : One double-acting fully working Weight : 4.4kg Machine heads : Gotoh Controls Knobs : Wood, maple and Zebrawood.  











    • By d_g
      I’m looking to upgrade my Sub Phatty to a 37 key Moog, preferably the Subsequent 37. Trades possible with cash your way.
      Will also consider straight sale. In great condition, keys are very slightly yellowed and includes Moog branded soft case.
      Get in touch! 

      Cheers
      Dan



    • By Scoopdude
      For sale is my Xotic XJPro - 01.
      Purchased in March this year, not the bass for me though mainly playing double bass these days and my other work calls more a P bass, so on the hunt for one of those  
      It is a wonderfully easy bass to play, the neck in particular feels super nice. It has a really nice set up as it so fresh from the shop! It is strung with a set of DR Pure Blues strings. Condition is as new.
      Here's a link to the Xotic website - http://xoticbasses.com These models were only available for a limited and are discontinued now, so do not expect to see therm come up very often! Such a high quality bass particularly at this price point.
      Comes with a very stylish case. 
      Pickup or meet up in London preferred but can arrange postage within UK.
      Would be interested in trades for Fender P's (preferably early 70's).
       













       
    • By Higgie
      Barely used and as new, Fender Rumble 800 head. £420+postage, or can be collected from Brentwood.

×
×
  • Create New...