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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Fender 1967: Where are all the basses?


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Apr 19th, 2017 12:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Why have we seen so few basses produced in 1967? I can't recall the last time I saw a neck butt stamped 1967.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?


Alan Deremo

SoCal, USA

Apr 19th, 2017 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

A friend of mine who is a vintage guitar dealer was addressing this exact issue, but in relation to Strats. Apparently there were only a small number of Strats produced in '67 because there were few orders and a large amount of unsold back stock from '66. Of course that eventually changed with the increasing popularity of Hendrix. Maybe there are few '67 basses for the same reason (not Hendrix, though).

(This message was last edited by Alan Deremo at 12:21 AM, Apr 20th, 2017)


New York City

Apr 20th, 2017 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

George, I'm pretty sure that at some point a few years ago I sent you photos of my 67 Lefty P. The neck stamp says "FEB 1967" and I think it's handwritten someplace under the pick guard too.
Standard sunburst with rosewood neck and oval tuners.

Maybe because it was a slow year they caught up on throwing together odd parts and leftovers, etc.

I bought it brand new but it was some time later like maybe around 1970 give or take. I remember it sat in the music store window here in Manhattan for maybe a year or more. All that time I kept eyeing it and gradually became more drawn to P basses and decided to take it home.

I still play it and occasionally gig with it. No need for relic work, I never treated it like anything special, it's battle scarred and well worn.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Apr 21st, 2017 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

digi...I do remember, now that you mention it. Rare bass on several accounts, year and lefty.

I think I just saw a 67 Mustang bass neck for sale on eBay. No affiliation. It's a December 67 with a B-width.




Apr 22nd, 2017 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I thought Alan nails it. Something about a huge backlog of '66 parts is why 1967 Fenders are not common (and assuming this is true, I wonder how many '66 basses being sold on the vintage market now were actually assembled the next year).



Fender power to the people!
May 3rd, 2017 08:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

CBS thought they could sell all they could produce.
They built a lot in 66 and ordered a lot of parts, expecting to go all out from then on.
Once reality hit them (at some point in 66) they realzied they neee to slow down and use up some of the parts alreay on hand.
One example of their overbuying was the pots with 66 date codes that can be found well into 69.
There weren't a lot of 68s and even fewer 67s.

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