Fender American Vintage '63 Precision Bass - Faded Sonic Blue

4-string Electric Bass with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 1 Split Single-coil Pickup - Faded Sonic Blue
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Classic Tone and Playability

If you're into vintage Fenders, you'll fall in love with the American Vintage '63 Precision Bass as soon as you pick it up. Its slightly wider neck is topped with a highly playable round-lam rosewood fingerboard featuring clay-colored dot markers. An alder body delivers the full, balanced tone that's since become an enduring part of popular music. A split single-coil pickup yields the characteristic growl that P Bass players know and love. The bassists here at Sweetwater love the period-correct feel and vibe of this bass guitar. The Fender American Vintage '63 Precision Bass is packed with the classic tone, looks, and playability of an instrument that changed music forever.

Fender American Vintage '63 Precision Bass at a Glance:
  • Panstaking vintage accuracy graces this guitar
  • Beauty, tone, and playability
  • The magic of Fender's American Vintage series
Panstaking vintage accuracy graces this guitar

For the American Vintage '63 Precision Bass, Fender tracked down several of the original '63s 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 the American Vintage '63 Precision. 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.

Beauty, tone, and playability

With Fender's American Vintage '63 Precision Bass, there's genius in the details. This remarkable guitar's beauty, tone, and playability are no accident. Originally sporting a non-contoured "slab" body at its 1951 launch, the Precision received its first makeover for the '54/'55 model year, gaining the comfortable Strat-like body contours we know and love. In 1957, Fender gave its groundbreaking electric bass its second design overhaul, which included an innovative, hum-canceling split single-coil pickup that pumps out a strong fundamental with a dose of characteristic "P Bass growl." In 1958, a rosewood slab fretboard replaced the Precision's one-piece maple neck; in '62, Fender switched to radiused and laminated rosewood fingerboards. All that rich history is here, in the American Vintage '63 Precision Bass. It all adds up to the best-playing, sounding, and looking vintage-flavored production P Bass yet.

The magic of Fender's American Vintage series

Since its introduction in the early 1980s, Fender's American Vintage series has been the go-to source for the last word in original-era model year guitars. With today's American Vintage guitars, Fender has gone back to the drawing board with new features, new specs and the most fanatical level of vintage accuracy yet. They've restored original tooling dies, voiced new pickups, reformulated vintage colors, and more - based on actual vintage guitars. From its flawless vintage looks, to its impeccable tone and playing feel, there's pure magic in the Fender American Vintage '63 Precision Bass!

Fender American Vintage '63 Precision Bass Features:
  • 34" scale length; comfortable contoured body
  • Large "C" profile 1-piece maple neck; nut width: 1.74"
  • 7.25"-radius round-lam rosewood fingerboard with 20 vintage-style frets
  • Vintage-style heel-adjust truss rod
  • American Vintage split single-coil '63 Precision Bass pickup with chrome cover
  • American Vintage Bass bridge with threaded-steel barrel saddles and chrome cover
  • American Vintage reverse open-gear tuning machines
  • Lower-Mounted finger rest

Experience the Fender American Vintage '63 Precision Bass in all its glory!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Precision
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Faded Sonic Blue
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 7.25" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20, Vintage Style
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.74"
Bridge/Tailpiece American Vintage Bass with Threaded Steel "Barrel" Saddles
Tuners American Vintage Reverse Open-Gear
Number of Pickups 1
Middle Pickup American Vintage Split Single-Coil '63 Precision Bass
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone
Strings Fender USA Bass 7250M, (.045-.105)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0191010872

Customer Reviews

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I bought this bass from Sweetwater several months ago, and I can say I'm thoroughly impressed. First of all, every single time I look at this bass, I want to pick it up and play it for hours. Even though Sweetwater's photos are high-resolution, they definitely don't do this bass justice. Moving past aesthetics, this bass is about as versatile as a P bass gets. It nails the thumpy motown tones, obviously, but it's also suitable for many other genres: punk, rock, jazz, funk. Play with the tone control and your amp's EQ and you'll be able to get pretty much whatever you want. I get good slap tones too, though I usually play fingerstyle. All in all, get this bass if you want to make a lifetime investment in an instrument, because I don't see any future where I want to sell it. The one issue I have is that on Sweetwater's site, it's listed as a urethane finish, but Fender's site says the '63 P is finished in a flash coat lacquer. Either way, not a big deal to me, because I just love this bass. If you're looking for a P, this is the one. I tried it side-by-side with an American Professional and this one had heaps more mojo.

A Beautiful Bass

I have owned so many Fender basses in my life. If you can find the August 2012 Bass Player magazine somewhere, the one with Wolfgang Van Halen on the cover, go to the "Dig my Rig" article and you will see my interest in Fender basses. This Vintage issue of the 63' P Bass is a beautiful recreation. It is light in weight overall and looks stunning and is so smooth to the hands. The sound is amazing and has that old Fender warm tone. I choose the Faded Sonic Blue..a color I normally would not have picked, but I love it. Its so vibey and so many people compliment me on it. On one the reviews mentioned the decal on the headstock seeming like it may come off. Fender in those days put the decal on almost last. It was not put under the finish from the onset...so it is really done period correct. I like it like that. These basses aren't cheap in price. You'll need to get out some cash but its worth it. Owning an original 63' could cost you thousands, and a lot of worry....this gets you as close as possible.
Music background: Playing since 1976

overall a great buy

I bought this bass as an road/travel replacement for my all original '73 P-Bass - needed something which sounded similar but was not a valuable vintage treasure that I worried about each flight. Must admit, the bass sounds and plays amazing. In an in-store comparison with a few other modern P and Jazz basses it blew them out of the water tone-wise... far louder and bassier. I got it from Sam Ash and it was already set up and intonated as well, although I'll probably have it reset to my personal preference. As most do, I immediately popped the ash tray cover off to enhanse playability. The bass is super light because of the alder body. The paint job and pickguard look amazing in real life. Fender also hooks you up with a vintage style '63 hardshell, which includes a vintage style strap, a cable, strings, and even a reprint of fender's old owners manual. Everything about the experience of owning this bass is definitely geared towards those with a nostalgia for the old '63 basses. My one complaint is that the "fender" logo on the headstock is simply a decal... mine has already begun to flake after minimal use. Not sure if this is how the original 63 decals were, but can't imagine so... at either rate it is a minor detail and does not affect playabilty. May still decide to have it painted or possibly replace the neck with a real vintage one later down the line if this bass serves me well.Overall a great buy. Worth the money, and probably one of fenders few remaining quality p-basses.
Music background: producer / sessioner

Ain't nothing like the real thing....except this...it's just like the real thing

This bass is about as close as you are going to get to a '63 P in all it's thumpy glory. Every detail is exactly like the original down to the cloth wires on the pick ups. I just recorded an EP with this bass and it came alive!! If you are looking for the vintage look and sound of the classsic 60's P look no further!
Music background: Part time Pro Musician
See also: Fender, Fender 4-string Bass Guitars