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Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass Translucent Red 1997

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Introduced as a 1998 model, the Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass featured a number of enhancements to the proven, solid reliability of the most popular electric bass design.

Active electronics and with a humbucking pickup at the bridge expand the tonal range of the American Deluxe Precision Bass and a heavier bridge provides more tonal separation, clarity and sustain. At the headstock, HipShot built, F-Branded tuners with a BT8 Bass XTender allow retuning the low string at the flip of a lever. The neck uses a separate fingerboard even on the Maple fingerboard models, necessary because it also incorporates graphite stiffeners aside from the truss rod.

This bass appears to be an early model, with a serial number indicating 1997 production, or possibly early 1998. The finish is a shaded translucent red, which is really quite attractive. There are some inevitable clear coat finish chips around the tail edge on the back.

It’s in good working order, with some wear to the finish and moderate fret wear. The Bass XTender works very well. Presently strung with round wounds, this bass has a clear, full tone with lots of clarity and sustain.

The control layout for the active electronics varies from the original, and include a concentric pot. The controls are:

1. Master Volume
2. Dynamic ‘Pan Pot’ Mix of Neck and Bridge Pickups. Clockwise (CW) is Neck, CCW is Bridge.
3. Concentric Lower, outer ring – Bass control. Clockwise (CW) is boost, CCW is cut.
3. Concentric upper, inner ring – Treble control. Clockwise (CW) is boost, CCW is cut.
4. Midrange control. Clockwise (CW) is boost, CCW is cut.

The original molded Fender Deluxe case is included.


 

Price: $1299.99 CAD
  • Model: American Deluxe Precision Bass
  • Year: 1997
  • Finish Translucent Red
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: N7323895
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 08/11/2018

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 9.55lbs 4.34kg
  • Scale Length: 863.6mm 34in
  • Nut Width: 41mm 1.61in
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