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edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 7th, 2018 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, my brothers and sisters, I have been playing a long time. I've had my hands on a lot of stuff, bought and sold a railroad car load of gear, basses changing hands I wish I still had, seen it all (I think).

Except for one item. I had never held in my hands or played a 1951 Fender P-bass.

At last, that has changed. At last, I finally own one. Serial number 0030. TG 11-21-51.

It's a refin and some of the slotted screws are missing, but everything else is there.

I'm prepared to answer any questions you might have.

Let me just say this. You've heard it before.

Leo got it right the first time!

George



BobbyMac
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Texas Panhandle

Born in Fullerton, California, in 1952
Dec 7th, 2018 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I assume you are taking pictures for us as we speak...

mrbassist

usa

Dec 7th, 2018 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well it is about time!!!!!!!!!! Way to go George
So the neck date is 11/21/51 What is the body date let me guess 10/29,30,31 or 11/06/07..... it is also one not on my list, this makes number 38 on my list.....now lots of pics please


digiboy

New York City

Dec 7th, 2018 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats George! To me also it is the holy grail. Being a lefty, I'd need Indiana Jones to go on a quest at least to find one I could afford.
I do have my blue flower/paisley CIJ righty flipped lefty reissue and it's quite nice. To have the real deal especially in a lefty is most likely something unattainable.
That single coil and it's placement, the electrconics, the neck, all of it in a perfect storm! Classic Pbass sound with a little harder edge than the later split coil. There is a kind of thick wooden thump in the attack that no other bass has.
Enjoy!

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Dec 7th, 2018 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's freakin cool. Congratulations!!!

iammr2
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Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
Dec 7th, 2018 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congratulations!

Bet that glow in the sky is coming from that big grin on your face.

Lewis

USA

Who is E. Sandoval?
Dec 7th, 2018 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Holy WoW! Freakin Cool! Congrats George! You are a blessed man!

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 8th, 2018 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I certainly want to post pics here, but am not sure how to do it.

I went to the location on this website in which I thought I might find the instructions, however, found nothing.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 08:42 AM, Dec 8th, 2018)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 8th, 2018 06:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought the bass from a long-standing and very well-known vintage dealer on the West Coast and it came from his personal collection, where it resided for over 12 years.

He told me it is for sure a 51 all the way around.

The body was sent back to the Fender factory in 1956 and refinished. The paint as it appears today is very vintage and is a see-through blonde.

The neck pocket was painted over with the same paint as the body and so the date penciled in the pocket is not visible, but almost for sure is under the paint that covers the location.

What is in the pocket is a factory issued number used by Fender to mark necks and bodies so that the right pieces would find their way back together after the work was done and the bass reassembled to give back to the owner.

The number written in my neck pocket is "256."

The body checks out in all other ways necessary to tell that it is a true 51. The pick guard is original and matches exactly the cut of the guards found on other 51s.

The pickup poles are ancient and flat across.

The placement of the upper horn strap button is where it should be for the earliest planks.

George

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 8th, 2018 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Bassist...I will send some pics to the email address found in your profile. Probably will take me a day or so to get this done.

George

mrbassist

usa

Dec 8th, 2018 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

George,
I'm sure you are very happy...I am glad for you also....Its been a long time coming for this day.
also a very low number which is cool here are the lowest ones I know 11,14,17,30,36,42,43,66,78,etc...can you see the infamous D stamp in the body through the paint...that would prove a very early body?
congrats again!!!!!
DWW

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 8th, 2018 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

My body looks to have the shorter control cavity plate. I know this means something to you.

Thanks for all the research you have done on these historic basses.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 12:23 PM, Dec 8th, 2018)

mrbassist

usa

Dec 8th, 2018 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

George,
that would be correct for the neck date 11/21....which is in the first batch of 51's actually made with all production parts....the first batch of necks so far are all dated 11/19 to 11/21 and from the limited number I have those necks are all mounted on bodies that were made earlier 10/31 to 11/7.....there is another 51 that has a 11/21 neck with a 10/31 body, another 11/21 neck with a 11/7 body....there are 6 51s on my list with 11/21 necks.....your bass seems very legit!!

ilan

127.0.0.1

Dec 8th, 2018 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

A lifelong dream come true - it must be a very special feeling. I'm glad when such a bass ends up in the hands of a player, and not in a vault somewhere. Being an old refinish is a bonus, you can play it without being concerned about every small dent. Sounds like you got the absolute perfect bass. I hope the pics will capture your smiling face and not just a vintage bass...

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 9th, 2018 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Forget heavy.

My bass weighs right at 8 lbs.

Geo

babsobass

Milwaukee, USA

Shout it out loud!
Dec 9th, 2018 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

George, it's really gratifying to hear you've found your ultimate bass. Enjoy!

If I remember correctly, you sold a pretty old plank bass a number of years ago. What was that bass and how does it compare?

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Results not typical.

Do not try this at home.
Dec 10th, 2018 05:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool! Go to imgbb.com and post pics. No account or sign-in required.

Copy the pic’s url and paste it into the link address line of your message here.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 11th, 2018 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Everyone...send me an email to edmonstg@comcast.net and I will send back some pics of my 51.

George

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 11th, 2018 06:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

babs...many years ago I had 0064, a January 1952 P-bass.

I'll have to think about how that one compared with the 51 and report later.

George

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Dec 11th, 2018 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Happy Day!

Hope it's living up to your expextations in every way.

Few things cooler than finding "the one".

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