Description
Up for sale, a 1981 Fender Precision Bass in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. One of the very last instruments produced before the original USA made model was discontinued, this late CBS-era Precision Bass is in stunning, 100% original condition. Produced in the original Fullerton factory, this bass features a solid ash body with a very prominent grain pattern and natural finish, paired with a one-piece maple neck. This tone wood combination delivers the round, fundamental punch and complex midrange content of ash, balanced with the quick attack and glassy top end of the maple board. Still quite clean with a glossy natural finish and original chrome "ashtray" bridge and pickup covers, this P Bass will satisfy serious players and collectors alike. Weighing in at a substantial 11lbs 2oz, the bass delivers the kind of thick, powerful note attack that only comes with an instrument that has a bit of heft to it, and the tone is particularly smooth and mellow with flatwound 45-100 D'addario Chromes.

The neck has a medium C shaped profile that gains a bit more roundness in the higher registers of the fretboard, and original frets that are remarkably clean with no notable wear and perfectly rounded fret crowns The frets retain their full, original height and play cleanly up the neck with no dead spots and solid intonation. The original nut is intact and measures 1 5/8" in width, the perfect middle ground for players that want a neck that's easy to navigate yet still has a bit of width and substance. The headstock sports original Fender branded tuners that shine with immaculate chrome plating, and the Precision Bass name sits above the S9 prefix serial number, a sequence that would run from roughly 1979-82 (the bass conclusively dates to '81 via the pots and pickup codes). There's even a bit of faint birseye figuring on the neck and headstock face too!

The simple electronics work as they should, with original CTS pots and untouched solder joints. The pots date to the 6th week of '81 and the gray bobbin pickup features its original windings and ink stamped date code on the baseplate, partially obscured by the stock foam, but still legible. The natural finish highlights the prominent grain in the ash, and the body shows some modest cosmetic wear, with a couple scratches on the top between the pickup and bridge on the bass side. some small finish scratches in the clear coat and scuffs on the back, and an area of finish adjacent to the rear strap button that's more matte than gloss, likely from a mild finish reaction to a strap in the case. There is also one prominent finish chip on the lower bout on the side of the bass, just south of the input jack. Overall, as the photos show, this bass is quite clean and has been well cared for and lightly played over the past nearly 35 years!

A non-original hardshell case is included.

***Please see our corresponding ad for this instrument's "sister," a sunburst finish P Bass less than 80 digits apart in reference to the serial number***
Year Condition Color Case
1981 Excellent Natural Ash Hard

$1,799.99

Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar
Michael John Ball
206.399.8518
Seattle, WA
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Orders within the Continental USA are shipped USPS Parcel Select unless they weigh over 70lbs, in which case we ship FedEx Ground. International orders are shipped via USPS Priority Mail International, and in some cases Global Express (where Priority is not offered). We are happy to oblige our buyers and use more expedited shipping services if requested and all orders are shipped within three business days or receiving cleared payment.

We are happy to offer a 48 hour approval period after delivery on all of the items sold through Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar. We will accept returns only if the item has been misrepresented in regards to originality and condition. We do our absolute best to accurately describe the tonal properties of our instruments, but will not accept returns based on the subjective nature of "tone," In the event of a return, the customer pays all shipping and insurance costs and any other credit card or Paypal fees associated with the transaction. With that said, we go to great lengths to ensure with 100% confidence that you are getting the exact item you purchased in the condition and originality described.