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rockdoc11

USA

Bass is the place . . .
Oct 7th, 2017 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll bet this "new old bass" of yours is older than your 1960s Fender basses were when you first decided what was "vintage" for you!

;)

matryx81

Kansas

Oct 8th, 2017 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do think there are good '70s Fenders, but I think the reputation in general was earned.

I thought some have put the decline in quality really starting around 1974?

Nice score on that '76! I have also read a question that those '70s P's seems to be wired different than those in the past. I would be curious as to your thoughts on if that seems to be the case.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 8th, 2017 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

x81...not an expert on wiring over the years but clearly I've seen enough 50s, 60s and 70s harnesses to know this 76 has slightly more wiring than what I remember from the earlier years.

For example, there are two wires coming off the jack.

Don't want to comment any further on this because my bass does have a replacement volume pot and some extra work may have been done at that time by the technician doing the replacement.

Like I said earlier, this is really my first venture into Fender basses from the 70s so I'm learning as I go.

The neck on this bass is worth the price of the whole instrument. So comfortable, so easy to set-up for really low action.

My ears are still adjusting to the sound of the pickups. More midrange than I'm used to yet there's an edge to the tone which makes the pickups very workable in the mix.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 11:56 AM, Oct 8th, 2017)

hushnel
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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Oct 8th, 2017 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Eventualy you get to the point where you know what you like. I played a Framus from 1965 to 1981. I eventually got to the point where I knew the Framus sucked but it's what I had and got the job at every audition.

I used to go into every music store I came across, though I didn't have the money to make a purchase. I'd play the high end boutiques the high end factory instruments and it occured to me that what made a bass great for me was not cheap but less costly than the high end stuff. In 1981 I found a Fender P-Special put it on a layaway program, paid it off in a month.

Never had attitude about what someone used, though I knew a guy that had 5 or 6 basses, I played a few of them and they all sucked, they were cheap, I thought that was lame, I'd rather have one good bass than all the junk ones he had.

The modern manufacturing process spits out really great cheap instruments from time to time. My Squire Affinity Bronco is one of these. I made some modifications to it, maybe too many but it's worthy. Their are guys out their that will judge me for playing that instrument, and I get a kick out of that. It was pointed out to me by one of the instructors at the Gainesville Guitar Center, his opinion was it was as good, mayber better, than any other bass in the store. He was correct it's a sweet bass.

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 12:00 PM, Oct 8th, 2017)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 8th, 2017 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One more piece of 76 news.

Had a 1960 tort guard lying around here for years looking for a home. Put it on the 76 last night.

The tort with the amber see-through finish on the ash body screams "hippie" bass.

All is right with the world.

George

JackL
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Chico CA

If you rest, you rust.
Oct 9th, 2017 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Post a pic if you get a chance George!

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Oct 11th, 2017 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One point I'm confused about is this:

>>Two days now and still lovin' this 76. The serial is 705050.

That doesn't seem to be a '76 S/N.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 11th, 2017 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine is 705050.

The Fender website I consulted, the one which is used to date Fender guitars and basses made in America, states clearly this serial number comes from the huge batch of numbers issued in the year 1976.

My number is stamped on a plate with a big "F." I understand that later in 1976 serials migrated to the headstocks of instruments.

What am I missing?

George

Fender serial numbers

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 06:08 PM, Oct 11th, 2017)

matryx81

Kansas

Oct 11th, 2017 06:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George, I thought that stuff started in 1977 and/or the logo changed. Any pics of the headstock available?

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 11th, 2017 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm working on getting some pics right now.

In the meantime, my headstock logo is the large "TV" decal stretching all the way across the length of the peghead. The logo features patent numbers below the word Fender. No serial number on the headstock.

George

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 11th, 2017 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm no expert on 70s Fenders, but I am confident in my understanding that 76 is the transition year for serial numbers, with instruments featuring serials on the neck plates, then serials moving to the headstock and becoming an element in the new decals introduced at the same time.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 08:50 PM, Oct 11th, 2017)

Danny Nader

usa

You should have been there!
Oct 11th, 2017 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George,

I have two Jazz Basses from the 1970's. Both are amazing instruments. Lots of Fender Basses from this period are well built & solid instruments.

Glad you've come around!

Danny

PS: Your serial number is consistent w/ 1976. The 76 + five digits or S76 + five digits did occur later in the year.

(This message was last edited by Danny Nader at 11:15 PM, Oct 11th, 2017)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 12th, 2017 07:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks. I checked a number of sources for the right information about my serial and they all told me the same thing. Also, the party I bought the bass from said it was a 76.

George

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 12th, 2017 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not so educated on all the techno it would take for me to post pics of my bass on this forum.

Also, I can't find my camera.

However, all is not lost.

The link here goes to a bass currently on eBay which is exactly like mine in every way. I have no affiliation whatsoever with this auction.

George

1976 P-bass

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 09:35 AM, Oct 12th, 2017)

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Oct 12th, 2017 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bonkers, I am with you. I am not into the vintage ore reliced repeal, but if a guitar looks, feels and sounds good then that is all that matters. I stupidly let go of the best bass I have ever owned ( a 2011 Fender American Special Jazz) with awesome feel , rounded fretboard edges, low no buzz action, Beautiful Rosewood fretboard excellent pickups and tone, and boatloads of sustain to appease my wife and pay abill off. That was and is my greatest instrument regret. Oly white ash body.
😞😓

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 12th, 2017 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I remember that bass, Lou.

George

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Oct 12th, 2017 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was unaware of the migration.

I have a '76 with the 76 + 5 digits format on the headstock.

The "70" was what threw me on yours.

Thanks for clarifying!

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 13th, 2017 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

dg27:

Not a problem.

Hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.

George

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Oct 13th, 2017 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George,

I certainly do. I got it in 1982; it had been someone's "closet" bass. It's part of my DNA now.

Taildragger
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USA

"toxic masculinity personified"
Oct 13th, 2017 08:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a new ash P bass about 1973 or 74. It was very heavy but otherwise not very good. Glad you found a keeper of that vintage. As has already been stated, there are usually exceptions to the general quality level of any era.

Sounds like you hit the jackpot: enjoy!

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