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Fender Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass Relic NoCaster Blonde, 2019


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For most players, the Fender Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass is about as close to an actual original instrument as one can get. This example, dated to early 2019 was refinished, aged and set up by Mike Palermo at Palermo Guitars in mid 2021. It now looks like a well-used 1951 model.

Following the simple and very effective original design, the Fender Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass features a slab Ash body paired with a Maple neck. The ‘skunk stripe’ on the back of the neck is Walnut and covers the rear-mounted truss rod. Vintage style tuners are at the head, and a simple through-body string mount bridge at the other end. As on very early examples, there are two wooden dowel saddles, each supporting two strings. The finger rest appears to be a black-dyed Maple, with one mounting screw. All the screws are slot-head, as was normal for the period. The pickguard is a black fibre with a lacquer coating. Electronics consist of the single-coil Precision Bass pickup, followed by volume and tone controls and an output jack.

The original rectangular tweed hard shell Custom Shop case by G&G is included, and contains the bridge and pickup covers, hang tags warranty and other paper items, and the Certificates of Authenticity from both Fender Custom Shop and Palermo Guitars.

Here’s the builder on the Fender Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass:

“The debut of the Precision Bass in 1951 is arguably one of the most important milestones of the 20th Century. The P Bass® gave bass players a means to be heard clearly while eliminating the need to lug around a heavy (and fragile) upright bass. It also profoundly changed the sound of popular music and gave birth to a slew of new musical styles. The Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass offers the appointments that made the original the undisputed champion of working bassists the world over, including a supremely fast and comfortable tinted quartersawn maple neck with a 7.25” fingerboard radius, ’51-’55 P Bass bridge with vintage fiber bridge saddles and flatwound strings. It also boasts an original slab-style P Bass body with a NOS flash-coat lacquer finish that lets the instrument breathe more organically and shows some of the natural grain through the finish.

Other features of the Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass include Closet Classic hardware, a 2-piece ash body, 20 vintage frets, ’55 P Bass pickup, volume and tone controls, single-ply black pickguard, bone nut, round string retainer and vintage-style tuning machines.

A living legend, this Precision Bass sounds just as good now as the original did back in 1951. Includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.”

Fender Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass Specifications:

  • Model Name: Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass® NOS, Maple Fingerboard, Nocaster Blonde
  • Series: Vintage Custom
  • Body: 2-Piece Select Ash
  • Body Finish: Flash Coat Lacquer
  • Body Shape: Precision Bass®
  • Bridge: 2-Saddle Vintage Precision Bass® with Fiber Saddles
  • Bridge Pickup: ’55 P-Bass® Custom Shop
  • Color: Nocaster® Blonde
  • Configuration: S
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Country Of Origin: USA
  • Dimensions: 5.80×17.40×51.00 IN
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (184.1 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot
  • Scale Length: 34″ (86.36 cm)
  • Fret Size: Vintage-Style
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Neck Finish: Flash Coat Lacquer
  • Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: 1951 “U”
  • Neck Thickness: 1st – .940″; 12th – .990″
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.70″ (43.2 mm)
  • Orientation: Right-Hand
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
  • Pickup Configuration: S
  • Pickup Switching: None
  • Strings: Fender® USA 7250M Nickel Plated Steel (.045-.105 Gauges), PN 0737250406

Price: $4,850.00 CAD
  • Model: Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass
  • Year: 2019
  • Finish NoCaster Blonde Relic
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: XN3284, COA dated to January 24 2019 at Corona, California
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 06/02/2024

  • Consignment Item

  • Instrument Weight: 8.756lbs 3.98kg
  • Scale Length: 34in 863.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.725in 43.82mm
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