FDP Home Page / FDP Forum / FAQ's

The FDP is made possible by the following companies and individual members like you.
Please use the links below to show them we value their sponsorship.

Amplified Parts

Antique Electronics Supply

Musician's Friend


Jensen Loudspeakers

Guitar Center

Advertise here

Yellowjackets Tube Converters

Apex Tube Matching


WD Music

* God bless America and our men and women in uniform *

* Illegitimi non carborundum! *

If you benefit and learn from the FDP and enjoy our site, please help support us and become a Contributing Member or make a Donation today! The FDP counts on YOU to help keep the site going with an annual contribution. It's quick and easy with PayPal. Please do it TODAY!

Chris Greene, Host & Founder



Find musicians
in your area!
  Search the Forums  

FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Help rarest bass of all?


United States

michael cowan
Jan 14th, 2017 07:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

for 40 plus years I have been searching for someone who could help me confirm that my 1957-8 p bass is truly the only one

Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

Jan 14th, 2017 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

"for 40 plus years I have been searching for someone who could help me confirm that my 1957-8 p bass is truly the only one "

Consider it confirmed..........Fender made only one P Bass in 1957/1958, and you have it.

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Jan 15th, 2017 03:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Get a price guide.

You'll find that no, you do not have the ONLY one.


Forgive your enemies

but never forget their names
Jan 15th, 2017 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

This should help you.

Fender Precision in the '50s


New York City

Jan 15th, 2017 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Didn't you just ask about this over in the Lefty Forum? Is it a lefty P bass? If it is that would certainly make it more of a rarity for 1957-58.

My 67 P is a lefty. Very few P basses issued in 67 to begin with so I would assume my lefty is very unusual.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jan 16th, 2017 03:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

What is a 57-8 P-bass? And it's a lefty?

Do you have a picture to share with us?

For the record, Fender made a very very small number of lefty Precision basses during the 1950s.

Even if it isn't a one of a kind, if you really do have a lefty P-bass from any year during this decade, you have something very special. Very.


Contributing Member

The spotlight

looks like a prison break
Jan 16th, 2017 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Send an email (with pics) to Fender Customer Service. They do reply to emails, and they are helpful.

They may be interested in your bass as a historical piece.

Another option is to request an appraisal from Gruhn's guitar shop in Nashville. They are experts in this stuff. They will ask for detailed pictures--including pics of the disassembled parts.


United States

michael cowan
Jan 25th, 2017 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would like to thank all of you for your help to George when I first got it I took it apart too long ago to remember for sure but i believe the neck was marked 11/ 57 and the body was mark 2.58 or there about I do have pic. but I don't know how to share To Peegoo Gruhn has seen he could not confirm it as one of a kind but had never seen or heard of another He valued it at a minimum of 25k but the top figure could not be estimated since there was nothing to compared it to To Jeff What are you basing your conformation on reverdrob says no


New York City

Jan 25th, 2017 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

So I guess this bass is a lefty....umm, right?

Contributing Member


The Plankster of Love
Jan 27th, 2017 12:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

tchyke - I could post those photos, if you sent them to me by email. If that interests you, let me know here and I'll set up contact

Contributing Member

American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Apr 15th, 2017 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a '57 P bass. Great bass. Probably the best bass I ever owned. Sunburst, anodized pickguard, maple neck. I think I traded something for it.

uncle stack-knob
Contributing Member

united kingdom

Apr 16th, 2017 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Surprisingly,left hand instruments(if this is a left hander) from this era,although very scarce indeed,do not necessarily command high prices in the vintage guitar/bass world.People ask high prices,but rarely do they achieve them.
The reason for this is simply that there are/were fewer left hand players around than right hand.
Then you have to factor in the the number of those left handers who are disposed toward vintage or collectable instruments.
This situation was initially seen to be so when Joe Longs' 1960 blonde left hand stack-knob Jazz Bass
came up for sale around ten or so years back,maybe a few less.It sold for a much lower amount than could be anticipated.Simply because there are fewer left hand collectors/players about.
Anyway,all that said,scarcity and rareness are different beasts than value in monetary terms.
Some pictures may well help here.


(This message was last edited by uncle stack-knob at 11:03 AM, Apr 16th, 2017)

Contributing Member


Searching for L40278.
Apr 16th, 2017 05:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, I remember the Blonde Joe Long stack-knob when it was on Ebay... Still have the pics from the tune_o_matic ad... Tuno was asking $65,000 at the time... I wonder how much it sold for in the end?

(This message was last edited by liverbird at 07:06 PM, Apr 16th, 2017)

uncle stack-knob
Contributing Member

united kingdom

Apr 17th, 2017 01:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Joe Long bass was on eBay more than once.
First time around it sold for around $11,000 or thereabouts.
The second time it sold for around $17,000 or thereabouts.
The last time it appeared the asking price,and that was asking price, was around $65,000 or thereabouts.

FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Help rarest bass of all?

Reply to this Topic
Display my email address             Lost your password?
Your Message:
Link Address (URL):
Link Title:

Moderators: Chris Greene  Iron Man  reverendrob  

FDP, LLC Privacy Policy: Your real name, username, and email
are held in confidence and not disclosed to any third parties, sold, or
used for anything other than FDP Forum registration unless you specifically authorize disclosure.

Internet Application Development

Copyright © 1999-2019 Fender Discussion Page, LLC   All Rights Reserved