“FENDER PRECISION BASS – One of the most popular of modern instrument developments, the Fender Precision Bass has rapidly become the choice of bassists in every field. Requires only a fraction of playing effort as compared with old style acoustic basses; compact in size allowing freedom of movement on stage, in addition considerably more volume is attainable. The fast action neck facilitates playing technique, playing in tune and is extremely comfortable… These qualities have made the Precision Bass a stock item in many of the nation’s top musical organizations.” — 1962/1963 Fender Electric Instruments catalog
Make and Model: Fender Precision Bass
Year: Early 1963. Serial 95xxx, neck stamp: 5JAN63C (Precision Bass model, January, 1963, C neck width)
Specifications: 34″ scale length Brazilian Rosewood fretboard, 1 11/16″ nut width, .80″ neck depth at the first fret, 1.00″ depth at the 12th fret, 8lbs 12oz with covers.
Originality: 100% except the strings!
Condition: Excellent! This clean Pbass has just come out of the closet it was stored in for more than two decades. The finish shows some typical edge wear but remains in really clean condition. The deep red sunburst does not exhibit any fading. There is some chrome pitting on the pickup cover.
Playability: Excellent! The frets are in great condition and the neck is straight with a properly working truss rod. I cleaned and lubricated the potentiometers, input jack, bridge saddles, and tuners. They all function like new.
Notes: This is the clean pre-CBS Precision Bass you’ve been waiting for. What surprised me the most about this one was the complete lack of fret wear. It still has factory height and crown. Not only that, but the neck is dead straight with a good working truss rod. The original brown hardshell case is nice but shows some staining on the inside. I’m confident you’ll love this clean January of 1963 Fender Precision Bass!