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