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FENDER | CATALOGS | 1969 | PAGE 7

Fender Precision, Fender Jazz, Fender Telecaster bass, Fender Mustang bass, Fender Bass V, Fender Bass VI

1969 Fender Lovin' Care guitar, bass and amp catalog - page 7

Page 7 gives descriptions and specifications of six Fender solid body bass guitars, following on from the accompanying images on the previous page. The basses described are the Fender Precision, Fender Jazz bass, Fender Telecaster bass, Fender Mustang bass, Fender Bass V and Fender Bass VI.

The fender line was always in flux; this 1969 catalog was the last to include Fender's five string Bass V, whilst the Mustang bass (pictured on the previous page in white) was about to be reincarnated as the Competition Mustang, with it's striped body. In fact it was already being labelled as such in early '69 Fender literature.

May 1969 prices for these models were as follows: Competition Mustang Bass $229.50; Precision $279.50 (sunburst), $293.50 (blonde/custom finish); Telecaster Bass $289.50 (blonde), $319.50 (Paisley/Floral); Jazz $339.50 (sunburst), $356.50 (blonde/custom finish); Bass V and Bass VI $359.50 (sunburst), $377.00 (blonde/custom finish). The Precision and Jazz were also available with an optional maple fretboard for a small premium (additional 5%). The Precision Jazz and Telecaster Bass were also available as left handed guitars (additional 10%).

The beat is big. The playing is comfortable. The instrument is a Fender bass. Upbeat sounds of today's downtown music reflects the musical impact of Fender electric basses which, for nearly two decades, have meant quality design, durable construction, and great bass sound! Often challenged but never equalled, the big beat sound of a Fender electric bass is distinguishable in any company.

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VINTAGE 1975 Fender Musicmaster Bass (831)

VINTAGE 1975 Fender Musicmaster Bass (831)

Pikeville, Kentucky, 415**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1699

Physical Condition
This bass is in great condition, and while it's been played over the years, this bass is in solid condition with only some moderate wear. Most notably, there small bumps, dings, scratches, and scuffs all over the body and neck in various spots. The body finish has yellowed up over time, and some spots have darkened up more than others. Neither of the strap buttons are original. The pickguard and hardware have some scratches, and the hardware has some notable tarnishing ... more
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1965 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage

1965 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage

Goffstown, New Hampshire, 030**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3800

For sale, a 1965 Fender Jazz Bass with hard shell case. Instrument still plays and sound great. Definitely needs some TLC with regard to body. Pots need to be cleaned otherwise the electronic work fine. The screw on the G string tuner is not original and the center screw is missing that attaches the bridge to the body. The photos should provide a good indication of the instruments condition As shown in the photos someone attempted to remove the finish. From the body neck section it looks ... more
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Fender Precision Bass 1983

Fender Precision Bass 1983

Paris, Tennessee, 382**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

1983 Fender Precision Bass Made at Fender Fullerton FactoryAlder Body 1 piece Maple Neck
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Fender American Vintage II 1954 Precision Bass 2024 Vintage Blonde w / Tweed Case

Fender American Vintage II 1954 Precision Bass 2024 Vintage Blonde w / Tweed Case

Galesburg, Illinois, 614**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2114

The FenderĀ® American Vintage II series presents a remarkably accurate take on the revolutionary designs that altered the course of musical history. Built with period-accurate bodies, necks and hardware, premium finishes and meticulously voiced, year-specific pickups, each instrument captures the essence of authentic Fender craftsmanship and tone
The Precision BassĀ®, the world's first electric bass, represents one of the most important developments in music history. For the first time, bass... more
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Fender 0373802580 Squier Sonic Bronco Bass Electric Guitar - Arctic White

Fender 0373802580 Squier Sonic Bronco Bass Electric Guitar - Arctic White

Dover, New Hampshire, 038**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$190

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List / MSRP: $218 75 PRODUCT CONDITION ITEM APPERANCE FUNCTIONALITY Item has been opened and is in the original retail packaging. Learn More This item shows signs of limited use, ... more
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1968 vintage Fender Bass Tuners USA Gold ??F?? Neck Plate  Precision Jazz Gold Lot

1968 vintage Fender Bass Tuners USA Gold ??F?? Neck Plate Precision Jazz Gold Lot

Columbus, Ohio, 432**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

1968 Gold tuners, bushings / ferrules , neck plate
No registered trademark above Fender logo dates these to pre 1970s, serial number dating 68, base plate of tuners is original Kluson style as well

One screw short for tuners, all screws unoriginal

70s style reproduction bridge

Strap pins, string tree and hootenanny pin

Brass knobs probably from an 80s Pbass special

Tuners and neck plate are vintage Fender, unsure about everything else ... more
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1965 Fender Jazz Bass original "Firemist Gold" Matching Headstock Unbound Neck !

1965 Fender Jazz Bass original "Firemist Gold" Matching Headstock Unbound Neck !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$34995


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1962 Fender Jazz Bass Sunburst Pre-CBS

1962 Fender Jazz Bass Sunburst Pre-CBS

Syracuse, New York, 132**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$20000

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FENDER 1960 Vintage WHITE Precision Bass Guitar with Original Case Serial 128652

FENDER 1960 Vintage WHITE Precision Bass Guitar with Original Case Serial 128652

Florence, Alabama, 356**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

All items listed are Original and Genuine, as always!Vintage 1960s FENDER Precision Bass Guitar, Serial 128652
Straight from a North Alabama Estate is this awesome mid 1960s FENDER Precision Base Guitar in white. Overall nice condition with the white finish toning over the years. Not as yellow as it appears in the images, but does have a yellow tone. The original finish has wear and paint flakes here and there, this can be seen in the images. PLEASE VIEW CLOSELY. It was recently tested on an... more
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original 1973 Fender JAZZ BASS Sunburst w / HANG TAG!!!

original 1973 Fender JAZZ BASS Sunburst w / HANG TAG!!!

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5190


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this original 1973 Fender Jazz Bass in its original brilliant Sunburst finish. It has a good playing neck with great frets. It's all original, but the bridge position pickup has been professionally rewound by Tom Brantley. It's also 100% complete along with its original hardshell case, sealed polish cloth, hang tag / manual and both original chrome covers. It's in great condition with a few minor nicks + dings, some ... more
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Fender Original 1978 Jazz Bass Guitar

Fender Original 1978 Jazz Bass Guitar

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4024

This is an original 1978 Fender Jazz Bass with some early 1980's modifications. I have owned the bass since 1981 and had the modifications done in 1983. The modifications are EMG Pick ups which are powered by a 9 volt battery and a Bad Ass II bridge. The bass plays beautifully and has playing wear and tear, but the neck and body are solid. The color has yellowed over the years as pictured, they is color worn off below the second pick up, and on the backside of the bass. There are some nicks near... more
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1973 Fender Telecaster Bass Blonde Billy Corgan Collection

1973 Fender Telecaster Bass Blonde Billy Corgan Collection

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4319

Up for sale is an absolutely killer 1973 Fender Telecaster Bass in its original Blonde finish. This instrument was sold on the Reverb com Billy Corgan store and came out of his vast collection. This example is in fantastic and sounds amazing! Pro setup in house and comes complete with its original hard case and COA authenticating Billy's ownership. Super cool and fun bass! Weight: 9lbs 2oz



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1966 fender Vintage Jazz Bass

1966 fender Vintage Jazz Bass

Rye Beach, New Hampshire, 038**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$10995

The 1966 Fender Jazz Bass stands as an iconic testament to the craftsmanship and innovation synonymous with Fender's golden era of instrument production. Crafted during a time when electric basses were undergoing significant evolution, this vintage masterpiece embodies the essence of classic rock 'n' roll and jazz aesthetics
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*MINT* 1974 Fender Jazz Bass, 100% ORIGINAL!

*MINT* 1974 Fender Jazz Bass, 100% ORIGINAL!

Babylon, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5600

1974 Fender Jazz bass in mocha (walnut), 100% ORIGINAL. Excellent condition with no breaks or repairs. This bass is quite literally the cleanest example of a 1974 jazz bass I have seen anywhere. It is also light weight at 9 lbs without the chrome pickup covers! The bass is set up to perfection and sounds exactly like you would expect an early 70s jazz bass to sound: warm and punchy!! It is strung with GHS flat wound strings. Feel free to contact me with any questions and I will get back as ... more
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Vintage Fender Jazz Bass Natural 1978

Vintage Fender Jazz Bass Natural 1978

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999


Vintage Fender Jazz Bass Natural 1978
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A true vintage beauty in natural finish that plays great. The slender profile neck is very comfortable & the double pickups deliver classic Jazz Bass tone. Professionally set up & ready to play upon arrival
Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches & weather checking
Neck: Maple neck with nicely aged cream binding & black ... more
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Vintage Fender Precision Bass Fretless Black 1975

Vintage Fender Precision Bass Fretless Black 1975

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999


Vintage Fender Precision Bass Fretless Black 1975
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A true vintage fretless P-Bass offering superb playability & dynamic tone. The black finish pairs perfectly with the black pickguard & maple fingerboard - just an ultra cool look overall. Professionally inspected & set up by the experts here at Cream City Music, so it's ready for action straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: This was definitely ... more
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Fretless Fender Precision Bass Neck - One Piece Maple - 1973

Fretless Fender Precision Bass Neck - One Piece Maple - 1973

Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 601**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

Fender Precision Bass Neck - Fretless - Maple - 1973. Heal is stamped "5 Jan 73 B " . 5 is the Fender model number (Precision Bass) - January of 1973 - B width (1 6" at the nut). Big original CBS era headstock logo. 4 bolt mounting. Will fit all Precision Basses made after mid 1957. There is a little wear and tear on the back of the neck - the most noticeable being a piece of the polyurethane finish on the back of the treble side of the neck at about the 5th fret as shown in the pictures. ... more
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Vintage Fender Fretless Precision Bass (1979)

Vintage Fender Fretless Precision Bass (1979)

Providence, Rhode Island, 029**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

1979 Vintage Fender P-Bass. American made. Original pickups. Small holes due to bridge change before I purchased it.... more
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1977 Fender Precision Bass w /  Jazz Bass Body

1977 Fender Precision Bass w / Jazz Bass Body

East Liverpool, Ohio, 439**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

This is a bit of a parted together bass as I??m sure you can see the 1977 Fretless Precision Bass neck paired with (what I was told) a 1975 Fender Jazz Bass body. The neck is all original however the body has been stripped to a natural finish. The bridge has also been replaced. This is a cool bass you can play right out of the box with tons of vintage mojo! No case included
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FENDER 1966 P JAZZ TELE BASS CHROME BASS TUNER FERRULES MATCHED SET

FENDER 1966 P JAZZ TELE BASS CHROME BASS TUNER FERRULES MATCHED SET

Berlin, New Hampshire, 035**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$65

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Small parts like this are often overlooked because you never know when you're going to need them! Yes, these are from a 1966 Fender Precision Bass and are correct for basses from 1966 thru 1973 where chrome ferrules are desired. These will not fit Kluson Tuners because those have a slightly thicker string post. This is a great set with nice, even wear and very slight aging consistent for the period. FREE USA SHIPPING and a 30-day return privilege for any reason. The Bass ... more
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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.