Fender®AA Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic® Precision Bass

$6,399.00 $5,439.00

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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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