1960 FENDER PRECISION BASS

1960 Fender Precision Bass

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By June a strapholder was introduced on the headstock back. Occasionally finishes seemed to resemble two-tone Sunburst instead of three-tone. By October two patent numbers began to be added underneath the spaghetti logo which was applied on top of the finish. By late year round orange capacitors were being introduced, along with the white rectangular with blue stripe capacitors.

Other 1960 Precision bass characteristics: Kluson no-name riveted clover reverse tuners, slab rosewood fretboard, bone nut, clay dot fret markers, neck butt pencil date, fifth hole on neck butt for hanging while painting, no neck pocket paint stick, body nail holes (for painting/drying), laminated tortoise shell/white/black/white pickguard on all colors, ground shield under pickguard, thumb rest under G string, black bobbin pickups, ground shield under pickups, pickup cavity pencil date, chrome pickup cover and bridge cover with foam rubber string mute, CTS potentiometers, cloth wiring, Switchcraft input jack, ground wire route underneath bridge, coarse threaded bridge saddles, light brown tolex case with gold interior or occasionally brown tweed case with gold interior or black gigbag.

Serial numbers ranged from roughly 44000 to 58725, although there are many overlapping exceptions. For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's neck butt, body date and pot codes. Occasionally the serial number is located at the bottom of the neckplate instead of at the top.