I have always thought Leo Fender's original designs his best, which puts his Telecaster guitar and original '51 Precision Bass at the top of my list for Fender guitars and basses respectively. My desert island guitar and bass, if you like! P002165
I have loved the original (series I) Telecaster Basses issued between 1968 and 1971 as they were Fender's first re-issue (without being marketed as such), and they quite faithfully recreated the original 1951 Precision Bass, right down to the reverse-geared tuners!
It was Fender Japan that finally re-issued the 1951 P-bass as a faithful reproduction from 1994 until very recently, and they have rapidly become collectable in their own right. The re-issue was was subsequently joined by slightly revised counterparts in the forms of the Mike Dirnt and Sting Precision Bass models. Production of the '51 Precision Bass re-issue has recently ceased, which will further increase their desirability. This example, with its serial number of P002165, was made in the 1993-94 period, so will be one of the early build (Made in Japan or MIJ) reissues, making it particularly collectable.
The bass has surprisingly few chips, scratches or dents. It had two sizeable chips on the front body edge adjacent to the control knobs which a previous owner has brushed over with a tinted paint or nail varnish. There is virtually no fret wear at all, indication very little use. The neck itself also shows almost no indication of play wear, while the nickle-plated reverse tuners are ageing nicely. The original pickup cover is inside the case pocket. Check out all the photos in the 'more pictures' link below.
This thing plays and sounds fantastic, and weighs 4.3kg, or 9.47 pounds. It's a LOT more affordable than a real 1951 Precision, or even than an original series I Telecaster Bass! This bass comes with a very worn but oh-so-cool late '60s Fender USA Tolex case.
Sold to Geoff