02 Fender Custom Shop B3 53 P Bass JRN A2tsb #XN3544 8lbs 13oz Front

Fender Custom Shop 1953 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic – Aged 2-Color Sunburst #3544


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Fender Custom Shop 1953 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic – Aged 2-Color Sunburst #3544



Fender Custom Shop 1953 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic, 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck, Aged 2-Color Sunburst

~Bass pictured is the actual bass that you will receive~

The Fender Custom Shop 1953 Precision Bass is perfect example of what you’d expect from a “vintage-spec” bass.  From the slab body to the 51 “U” neck profile, this gives a true old school experience with modern craftsmanship.  The pickups are round and warm sounding with a fair amount of bite when you dig in.  A bass that will sit great in any recording mix and give you a no frills early P-Bass sound without touching a single knob or setting.  – Anthony

New for 2023, the Fender Custom Shop introduces the ’53 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic. Exactly 70 years after its groundbreaking (and ground shaking) predecessor, the instrument is loaded with looks, sound and vibe that expertly evoke the Precision Bass in one of its earliest incarnations.

The two-piece select slab ash body is most conducive to sweet midrange and tight lows, and is wrapped in cool Journeyman Relic flash coat lacquer finishes in Aged Nocaster® Blonde, Aged Black and Aged Two-Color Sunburst. This special treatment imparts the look of a bass that has changed hands or been handed down over the years, mostly played around the house and the occasional jam session or weekend gig. This generally well-cared-for look includes light finish checking, several “friendly” down-to-the-wood nicks and dings, some dulling of the hardware, and general moderate playing wear. The look of a very lucky find, in short.

The one-piece quartersawn maple neck has a ’51-style “U” profile and is thicker at the body end, with a slight taper toward the nut for feel that’s big and round but not cumbersome; topped by a 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard with 20 medium vintage (47095) frets and a bone nut. Beneath the early-’50s-era chrome cover sits a single Custom Shop hand-wound Vintage Precision Bass pickup with vintage wiring for full and warm low-end power and tone. Other premium features include a single-ply black phenolic pickguard (parchment on Two-Color Sunburst and Aged Black models), two-saddle vintage-style bridge with fiber saddles and chrome cover, vintage-style tuners, disc string tree, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

The bass pictured is the actual bass that you will receive. It comes with Fender’s Factory Warranty and our 100% satisfaction guarantee! It will be professionally set up and ready to play before it leaves our store.

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Neck material
1-piece quartersawn maple
Neck finish
Flash coat lacquer with dark tint
Neck shape
1951 "u"
Neck thickness
Neck butt width
Neck thickness 12th fret
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