For many Fender bassists owning a vintage Fender is the ultimate experience. There's nothing quite like the feel and sound of a well played Fender Bass.

The question is how do you find a good, authentic vintage Fender for the right price...and how do you know it's for real?

One of the most important things to remember when shopping for a vintage Fender is that old does not necessarily mean good. Unfortunately Fender did make some subpar basses, especially in the mid to late 1970's. Of course for some buyers just the fact of owning a vintage Fender is good enough, regardless of it's quality.


Just as buying a Fender bass online can be a somewhat scary experience, so can selling one if not more so.

The key to successfully selling your Fender bass is following some simple guidelines and precautions.

I've personally sold several basses online without any problems at all. Not only can you easily sell your bass but it can be fun too.


I've always thought that there was something mysterious and fascinating about the original Fender custom colors. Partly because of the history but also because of the misconceptions and myths.

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about what colors were available and when they were originally offered. There are even some colors that didn't even really exist at all. And when it comes to the actual finish types it can get even more confusing.

The first thing to understand is what type of finishes Fender was using during the late 1950's and early 1960's.

Relic PBass

Take a perfectly good new bass and deliberately beat it up so that it appears to be much older.

It seems like total madness to some people but many bass players think relic basses are very cool.

So cool in fact that they're willing to part with thousands of dollars to get their hands on a well made, great playing and sounding bass that's beat to heck on purpose.


Through out the long and impressive history of Fender Musical Instruments, there have been some odd bass creations that didn't quite take off like some of Fender's other classic bass designs.

At times early on  in Fender's production history it seemed as though everything they touched turned to gold. The Precision Bass, the Jazz Bass and of course they're classic guitar designs like the Telecaster and Stratocaster.

However even Fender has turned out some misses. Some were flops, a few of them interesting, some of them baffling and others just plain weird.

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