This is the ultimate all original & perhaps the very 1st production Pre-CBS Precision Bass w/a “Slab” Rosewood neck w/all early ’59 features in untouched original condition, it has its original faded 2 1/2-Tone Brown’burst finish over a very lightweight Alder body dated 3/59 & weighing in at a scant 8 lbs. 6 oz; these 1st issue Fender Slab Necks are ridiculously rare as we’ve never seen another dated prior to 5/59, its “Unbound” Rosewood Clay Dot neck is super wide & very flat just like the final Maple Neck P’s were as Fender started transitioning to Rosewood, most Rosewoods have a fatter feeling neck typical of most Slab necks, she has no penciled on neck date as all Rosewood necks did not, it’s sporting a very low serial # (40XXX) stamped on its 4-bolt neck plate, its original Tortoiseshell Nitro pickgard has that luscious color used only in 1959-1960 but what make this most special is that its pickgard has only 11 screw holes like an early ’59 Gold’gard…perhaps this is the very 1st Tortoise’gard P Bass w/a Rosewood neck !, its split Pickup is super smooth w/that quintessential “Jamerson” funk tone !, its pot date codes are from the 47th week of 1958, its original control cavity has a slight scraped area of wood removed on its left edge most likely from new on the production line as this transitional period led to many fit issues as they progressed to a 13 screw pickgard design, its so cool from its nickel tuners to its threaded saddle bridge, its all original in all respects & still retains its bridge & pickup covers along with every single screw from new, this is perhaps Leo’s earliest known “Slab Rosewood” P Bass & has a gorgeous patina for a 62 year old original, it plays & feels incredible, other than having a few dings, she’s still far betta than Excellent, 8 lbs. 6 oz; 1 of the best & most desirable examples on Earth, she comes complete w/some case candy, a strap & an original Bass brochure in her original Tweed/Orange lined Hard Case. $Not For Sale.
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