1983 Smith-era Fender Precision bass, American made, E3 serial number, 4-bolt rosewood neck, original black finish. Finish is in excellent condition overall, with a few small scuffs on the front and back. Beautiful rosewood dot neck has minimal play wear. Some minimal tarnishing to tuning heads. Appears that the original D and G saddles and screws were replaced with two older vintage style saddles (see photos). A hunt is on for period-correct replacements.
Original black-lined Fender hard plastic case, in good condition; two of the metal feet have been pushed through the bottom of the case and the handle mounts are weak almost to the point of untrustworthiness.
Not enough credit is given for the quality of these early “Smith basses” with their deep body contours and neck profiles more like the old ones. Weighing in at 8-1/2 lbs., a recent setup with flat-wounds has made this an amazing player with that awesome Precision tone.
NOTE: Black guitars are incredibly difficult to photograph. Especially in trying to show all of the imperfections and getting a good balance on the white parts. In these photos, most of the body areas that show unevenness of color, white streaks or colored patterns are usually showing reflections. Any finish damages or imperfections of color are always addressed in text and shown in photos the best way we know how.