NBD: A CBS Precision Bass which was R.I.P (Rest in Pieces)

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NBD: A CBS Precision Bass which was R.I.P (Rest in Pieces)

Post by surfin_bird » Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:48 am

Hi all,
last night while surfing the web I found this bad boy, an hour later I had it.
While I'm in no place to buy anything new and this means I have to sell more than I already have to, I paid 400 euro's and I think that is a too good of a price to leave it for.

Not really playing bass I always promised myself that I could only buy bass if I saw a vintage P-bass for the right price. This was it.
For the price of a vintage vibe I got myself a vintage P-bass... but it has seen it's best days and without really any way to date it.

Does anybody have any secret tips to find out how to date this precision better? All I could think it's from somewhere between 1967-1973.

Most importantly - any good tips how to deal with this trussrod, it looks like a carcrash. At least the neck is straight ;D

The plan: a vintage voiced pickup, a white or black pickguard modified to keep the "control plate", vintage styled bridge and possibly a shell pink refin.

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Re: NBD: A CBS Precision Bass which was R.I.P (Rest in Pieces)

Post by MrFingers » Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:31 am

Position of the doweled holes in the back of the body changed in 1969. Prior to that they are on the centerline, after that one hole moved to the bass-side of the neckplate. Prior to 1973, the connection between the pickup & cavity was drilled (like on yours), after that it was an open trench, so the body is older than 1973

For the neck: if it's got a hootenanny button on the back, it's 1968.

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Post by windmill » Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:26 pm

Looks like you have some work in front of you

Good luck

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Post by mgeek » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:25 am

Gotta love that huge, pointless route on the back... still, anything is possible!

What is going on with the end of the neck? Is it covered with paint... filler?

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Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:27 am

Damn! That thing needs some love! Should be a fun project 8) 8)
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Post by PJazzmaster » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:07 am

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Re: NBD: A CBS Precision Bass which was R.I.P (Rest in Pieces)

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:16 am

Looks like a fun project.

What's the deal with the truss rod adjuster at the heel? Is that a mangled hexagonal-headed bolt?
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Post by surfin_bird » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:53 am

Mrfingers: Thank you so much! It has no Hootenanny button on the back of the headstock and it has indeed the dowels straight down the middle so I guess that means it's a 1969?

So I've been looking at the neck and I'm not sure what happened to the trussrod but I hope they lost the trussrod nut and tried to replace it with that hexagonal thing.
I think someone someone took a hammer to the heel to ram that trussrod nut in damaging the heel, because it's not covered by anything, just damaged. In that process I think they snapped off a piece of the rosewood fretboard because it looks like it got broken off and glued back on.

Then they left the project for a few decades, hence the rusted frets.
I think this neck just needs to go to the luthier while I deal with the body :D

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Post by surfin_bird » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:54 am

Does anyone know what that stamp and pencil mark mean?

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