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Fender / Precsion Bass Slab Body / 1967 / Blonde / Bass For Sale

This is a unique instrument. In 1966 Barrie Midford-Millership walked into EME in Watford and placed a custom order for a Telecaster Bass to Fender, following the lines of the original Precision bass discontinued in 1957. 

According to his excellent book ‘The Mighty Hybrid and the Keeper of the Slabs’ when this bass was finally delivered to the UK through Arbiter, it was passed around to a few artists before being delivered to him in Watford. This set off a chain reaction that ended in Arbiter ordering two more batches of the bass. This bass is from that second batch. 

Examples have been seen in the hands of players such as John Entwhistle and Chip Hawkes of the Tremeloes. Its been suggested that this bass could have belonged to Chip Hawkes but we as yet cannot prove this definitively.

This bass looks great. The finish has worn but not too extensively as you can see from the pictures.The original blonde finish is quite opaque but you can see the grain of the ash in some places. There are no signs of any modification or touch up to the finish anywhere  

The also very rare maple cap neck has all original finish too and original parts, with a wonderfully light hue and shows only a few signs of wear, managing to survive without any real serious marks. There is no neck date. The fretboard is also superb and the frets have plenty of life left in them.

The pick guard is a thin centre laminate type and the plastic pickup covers look to be correct.

The hardware is in good condition. The bridge shows some signs of corrosion but not too serious. Bridge cover is in great condition. The pickup cover is missing.

Electronically everything looks correct though the volume pot has been changed and there is a new grounding wire installed.

The bass comes with a hardshell case.

The bass has been used for many years by a world class player who used it on many sessions and on many big stages across the planet. It has been expertly set up and is one of the best playing and sounding P Basses we have ever had here. This bass delivers the right blend of growl and round full tone with authority without any need for bells or whistles. Just what you want!

An incredible story and an excellent instrument, this is a must have for any collector. Grab this before it gets away and get away it will….!


ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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