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A 'Holy Grail' P-Bass

The Fender Precision Bass entered production in 1951. During those first few years, the bass underwent several design improvements that stabilized by the end of the decade. These included changes to the headstock, body cutouts for comfort and playability, and the split pickup design we know today.  EBay currently has this 1958 P-bass for auction. The description says it's 100 percent original except for a hand-carved bone nut. The bass features a maple neck and fingerboard with a soft "V" shape, not quite as sharp a "V" as the earlier years, but not quite the more modern "C" shape. The body is alder. Overall weight is just over 8.5 pounds. The electronics and finish are all original. This is a sixty year-old instrument that has been played and has the patina that shows it. It's not a museum piece. One of the telltale signs of a great instrument is that it has been played. Sometimes, not always, the most perfect specimens of vintage instruments are

1966 Fender Jazzmaster

In 1958, Fender introduced the Jazzmaster to its line in an attempt to attract legit jazz guitarists. The intended clientele proved to be far more conservative than expected, but the surf music wave of the early 60s loved the Jazzmaster. The guitar features a number of unique features, most especially a two-channel circuit for the pickups. A switch on the upper horn allowed the player to isolate just the front pickup and adjust the volume and tone separate from the main channel, which had a standard volume and tone control and a three-way toggle switch. The Jazzmaster pickups were a quasi-soapbar shape, single coils, which had a darker tone than Teles and Strats. The bridge tone is thick and defined while the neck pickup could get dark, jazzy tones. One of the unexpected things I discovered about Jazzmaster is that they are a total funk machine. The blend of neck and bridge is perfect for funk! The instrument’s neck is slim and the offset body makes it feel like the upper registers are