The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars and basses that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender's roots--expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it's going, but also remembers where it came from.
The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender's best-selling guitars and basses (their early-'80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was "back" as the CBS era ended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, Fender has completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept--restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more--based on actual vintage guitars and basses they tracked down to make sure they had it right. Fender did the work, and it shows, because there's pure magic in each new American Vintage instrument.
The year 1963 marks an important moment in Precision Bass history, because that's when a comfortable new round-laminated rosewood fingerboard first appeared on the bass that started it all. That's here on the new American Vintage '63 Precision Bass, which evokes that year's model with other authentic features including a slightly wider "C"-shaped maple neck, clay-colored dot position inlays, three-ply mint green pickguard(four-ply tortoiseshell pickguard on 3-Color Sunburst model), new American Vintage '63 split single-coil pickup, lower-mounted finger rest, vintage-style bridge with threaded steel "barrel" saddles, flat-top knurled chrome control knobs, reverse tuners, chrome pickup and bridge covers, auxiliary strap button on the back of the headstock, and more. Includes case.
Fender flash coat lacquer body and neck finish
Maple, "C"-shape neck
Round-laminated rosewood fingerboard
20, Vintage-style frets
Bone string nut
Vintage-style heel adjust truss rod
American Vintage '63 Precision Bass split single-coil pickup
American Vintage reverse open-gear tuning machines
Volume, Tone controls
Knurled chrome flat-top control knobs
American Vintage Bass bridge with threaded steel "barrel" saddles
4-Ply Tortoiseshell pickguard on 3-Color Sunburst; 3-Ply Mint Green pickguard on Olympic White, Faded Sonic Blue and Frost Red
Other Features: Mounted Chrome Pickup and Bridge Covers, Lower-Mounted Finger Rest, Clay-Colored Dot Position Inlays, Auxiliary Strap Button on Back of Headstock
Way to be with a '63.
American Vintage '63 Precision Bass
Fingerboard radius: 7.25" (18.41 cm)
Scale Length: 34" (86.36 cm)
Nut Width: 1.74" (44.19 mm)
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Overall a nice example of the classic Precision bass. I was a little disappointed in the look of the sonic blue though I think that is a highly personal assessment. Some precision fans might love it. The laquer finish gives it a vintage feel and the playablity and tone are what you would expect from a 1963 recreation. It could have benefitted from a set of flat wounds which would be more in keeping with the character of a Fender bass from that era. I picked this up as a scratch and dent and the price was more in line with what a bass like this should cost. I think a much better choice is the Fender Deluxe Active Special Okoume Precision due to the price, features and tonal options. Though I don't own this model I have played it and was very impressed. If you're going to spend $2000 for a Precision Bass you should consider going the extra mile for a Fender Custom Shop or boutique P style bass.
Fender American Vintage '63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue Rosewood Fingerboard