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1955 Fender Precision Bass Blonde Vintage Collector Grade Black Guard Ash w/ohsc

Estimated price for orientation: 14 999 $

Category: Bass Guitars

Dexterity: Right-Handed Model: Precision Bass
Brand: Fender Exact Year: 1955
String Configuration: 4 String MPN: Does Not Apply
Body Type: Solid Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
UPC: Does not apply

Up for sale, a 1955 Fender Precision Bass in 99.9% original condition and in perfect working order. Rare in any condition, this exceptional collector-grade Precision Bass is a remarkably well preserved two-owner example. Featuring a a featherweight ash body, this Blonde Black Guard P Bass has the deep belly cut and forearm contours introduced in late '54 and seen through the first months of 1957. Iconic and eye-catching, few cosmetic combinations evoke ‘50s Fender like a single-ply Bakelite pickguard and a transparent blonde finish. Extremely resonant and soulful, there's a real versatility and expressive range to this bass that's not always credited to this model, and as any vintage instrument aficionado knows, certain instruments simply have that magic where the age and original build quality of the instrument come together in a perfect way. This is truly one of those instruments. Weighing 8lbs 14oz ("fully clothed" with the ashtray bridge/pickup covers), there's a dry acoustic snap and presence to the tone, and the thump and subtle growl of the 45-105 flatwound strings can really be heard through the single coil pickup. Of course there's plenty of low end on tap as well, and the pickup balances articulation and fullness nicely. Roll off the tone control slightly and notes instantly get rounder and meatier, sitting perfectly in the mix while being both present and subdued. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Precision Bass is dialed in with ideal action that is low enough to fret comfortably in all registers, yet has just enough height to let the lowest notes resonate freely. The neck has a very chunky and subtle V profile that rounds out to a C shape by roughly the 9th fret. It's a unique and extremely playable profile, with generous shoulders at the extremes of the board and fretboard edges that are lightly rolled. The original frets are intact on the lacquered maple fretboard and the frets have their full, original height, showing just a hint of wear on the first fret and essentially no wear further up the board. The bass had undoubtedly been strung with flatwounds for the majority of its life, given the essentially nonexistent fretwear. On the headstock, the original "Precision Bass" waterslide decal is intact and in remarkable shape, with plenty of silver left in the Fender font and almost no wear to the text. The stock string tree is present as well, along with the original tuning machines with clover buttons, reverse gears, and flathead screws holding the tuner shafts. The stock tuners turn surprisingly smoothly and the chrome plating shines like new. All of the electronics work as they should, and the original pickup has been rewound by Lindy Fralin. This rewind was done with the greatest care, and original flatwork, magnets, twine around the windings, and original leads were retained (as the story goes with these pickups, virtually all of them have been rewound even on the most pristine examples). The pickup now reads a healthy 6.7k ohms, well within the range of an original, and sounds every bit as good! The original Stackpole pots are intact (dating to the 11th week of ’55), along with the "chewing gum" tone cap. The pencil date on the body reads 3/55, while the neck pencil date is from the following month, reading 4/55. Cosmetically, the original transparent blonde nitro lacquer finish is intact with zero touchup or overspray. The clear coat has aged almost imperceptibly, with virtually no yellowing, and only a slightly more milky shade to the exposed finish when compared to that which has been protected by the pickguard for the past nearly 60 years! The grain of the ash is prominent and easily seen through the finish across the entire body. There’s some very light targeted buckle rash in the clear coat on the back which doesn’t penetrate the finish, as well as a few extremely minor small nicks around the body contours, and a light finish chip on the neck profile behind the 8th fret. A small chip adjacent to the neck plate and some light wear down to the ash on the bottom of the lower horn on the body round out the extremely minimal wear on this collector-grade bass. Both chrome "ashtray" covers are original and immaculate, along with the control plate and knurled metal knobs. Even all of the screws are stock. The painted maple finger rest is intact, anchored by its original screw and showing limited wear (aside from the typical circle that the finger rest creates when it has been spun against the black pickguard). The stock ferrules on the string through body, and the original chrome neck plate are also present. This is a rare chance to own a barely played and very original 1955 Precision Bass, perfect for the serious player and discerning collector. The original tweed hardshell case is included. This case features the original leather handle, clean leather ends, working latches, and a plush red interior.Please check out our shop "Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar" on the web, and feel free to call us directly with any questions at 206.399.8518.
Shipping in the continental USA will be $155, fully insured through both Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and the shipper, and sent via FedEx One-DayWe will happily ship WORLDWIDE, but please contact us for an accurate international shipping quote before bidding or buying, as cost varies by buyer location.
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