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Fender® Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic® Precision Bass

$6,399.00 $5,999.00

Custom Shop Reincarnation of the Legendary ’59 P Bass

The Fender Time Machine 1959 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic is a meticulous reincarnation of a legend. In 1957, Fender gave the first electric bass its second major makeover, in the process creating the iconic instrument as we know it today. Fender’s world-class Custom Shop luthiers painstakingly handcrafted the Time Machine ’59 Precision, complete with vintage-spec details such as its 2-piece alder body with Journeyman Relic lacquer finish and gold anodized pickguard, vintage-style bridge and tuners, tinted quartersawn maple neck with a 1960 P Bass Oval “C” profile, and slab rosewood fingerboard (updated with a modern 9.5″ radius to suit contemporary playing styles). In the electronics department, the Time Machine ’59 Precision features a hand-wound ’62 P Bass pickup that delivers the tone that drove countless iconic recordings. Play a bass legend: the Fender Time Machine 1959 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic.

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Product Description

Genius in the details

With Fender’s Time Machine 1959 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic, there’s genius in the details. This remarkable guitar’s beauty, tone, and playability are no accident. Originally sporting a noncontoured “slab” body at its 1951 launch, the Precision received its first makeover for the ’54/’55 model year, gaining the comfortable Stratocaster-like body contours we know and love. Of course, a late-’50s Precision has to have the classic gold anodized aluminum pickguard. Then, there’s the satisfyingly chunky quartersawn maple neck crowned by a vintage-style slab rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges. But in a nod to modern player preferences, this ‘board has a 9.5″ radius and 20 6105 frets. And pumping out that classic beefy growl is a hand-wound Custom Shop split-coil ’62 P Bass pickup.

Painstaking vintage accuracy

For the Time Machine 1959 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic, Fender Custom Shop artisans referenced several original ’59s and exhaustively analyzed them to ensure a painstaking level of vintage accuracy. Every facet of the original instruments — including minute details, such as curves, perimeters, radii, and more — was examined, measured, evaluated, and ultimately incorporated into this amazing instrument. Take it from Sweetwater: what you see in this remarkable axe is more than the sum of its parts. It’s a highly playable, eminently musical-sounding re-creation of an iconic instrument that changed music forever.

The Journeyman Relic treatment: 60-year-old visuals, modern playability

The Fender Custom Shop Journeyman Relic treatment creates instruments that are spittin’ images of the aged originals. Without sneaking a look at the neck heel stamps, you’d be hard-pressed to distinguish this Time Machine from the real deal. Sporting a gorgeous relic’d nitrocellulose lacquer finish complete with artfully applied nicks, scratches, and aged hardware, this P Bass exudes the timeless, classic look of a well-cared-for instrument that nevertheless has seen decades of touring action. Nitrocellulose lacquer finishes — standard back in the day — are significantly thinner than today’s polyurethane finishes, allowing the guitar to “breathe.” They not only look vintage-y wonderful; they also enhance the instrument’s tonal qualities; so your Time Machine 1959 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic sounds every bit as wicked as it looks!

Fender Custom Shop Time Machine 1959 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic Features:

  • Alder body with gold anodized pickguard
  • Quartersawn maple neck with 1960 P Bass Oval C profile
  • Slab rosewood fingerboard with modern 9.5″ radius and 20 6105 frets
  • Handwound ’62 P Bass split-coil pickup
  • Vintage-style bridge and tuners
  • Journeyman Relic nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Includes hard case and Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity
  • Body Shape: Precision
  • Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
  • Number of Strings: 4
  • Color: Aged Sherwood Green Metallic
  • Body Finish: Relic Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Body Material: 2-piece Select Alder
  • Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: ’60s Oval “C”
  • Radius: 9.5″
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Clay Dots
  • Number of Frets: 20, 6105 Narrow Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 34″
  • Nut Width: 1.75″
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: 4-saddle American Vintage with Threaded Steel Saddles
  • Tuners: Vintage-style Open-back
  • Middle Pickup: ’62 Custom Shop Hand-wound Precision Bass Single-coil
  • Controls: 1 x volume, 1 x tone
  • Strings: Fender USA, NPS, .045-.105
  • Case Included: Deluxe Hardshell Case
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 9235000544