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edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Apr 1st, 2017 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had a soft spot for this model since they were first introduced a few years ago.

Like you, I have also not seen one in-person. If I were to buy, I would go for the eggshell blue (Sonic?) finish with the mint green guard. Love the look. Nothing to me says "vintage" better than a mint green on a custom color.

Several months ago, I bought a set of the Pure Vintage 63 P-bass pickups to upgrade an MIM I currently use as a backup bass when I gig out of town.

These PV pickups are the same ones installed in the bass you're ordering.

I gave a report on them in another thread on this forum, so you may want to go there at some point and read my comments/review.

Overall, I really like the pickups very much. IMO, the PV63s are some of the best of the old school pickups out there.

Keep us posted. Exciting stuff.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 07:41 PM, Apr 2nd, 2017)

Basstorius

Colorado USA

Apr 1st, 2017 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The American Vintage P Bass has been ordered. The store called and left a message saying it would be mid-May before it arrives. :-(

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Apr 1st, 2017 09:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good for you. I think you're going to like it.

George

Danny Nader

usa

You should have been there!
Apr 2nd, 2017 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

edmonstg,

Typically when people use this name "egg shell blue", they are referencing Daphne Blue. The lighter color, an almost washed out blue, is Sonic Blue. It would look quite vintage w/ a mint green guard.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Apr 2nd, 2017 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just did a Google for "eggshell blue" and both colors popped into view...your color and mine...and a lot of other blues.

See link below.

In the 1960s, in the decade I grew up in as a musician, I remember "eggshell blue" as referring to Sonic, the almost white-ish blue that remains one of the more rare custom colors Fender offered in the early 60s.

The Pure Vintage 63s Fender offers, as you know, are a sunburst model and the model you describe, Sonic with mint green guard.

George

How blue can you get?

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 07:42 PM, Apr 2nd, 2017)

Basstorius

Colorado USA

May 26th, 2017 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mid-May has come and gone. Still waiting in the bass :-(

Danny Nader

usa

You should have been there!
May 26th, 2017 10:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George,

All those colors have suffered from an identity crisis! It seems all the blue shades were called 'Robin's Egg Blue' and all the greens were called 'Surf Green'. And on any given day it could be reversed! Thank goodness Fender did give them proper names.

I always enjoyed Daphne Blue being described as a turquoise color. As far as I know, it has no yellow in it to give it that slight green cast. Now a faded clear coat is another story!

Danny

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
May 27th, 2017 06:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Danny:

I agree. I'm getting so old, colors are moving around on me like crazy.

George

Basstorius

Colorado USA

Jun 15th, 2017 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The bass arrived today! Awesome craftmanship and a nice dark rosewood fretboard to boot.

Going through the case candy now. The bass came strung with stainless steel roundwounds but they also threw in a pack of stainless steel flatwounds. It also came with a booklet about caring for the lacquer finish and it says to use only non-silicone based guitar polish, although it comes with a polishing cloth with silicone added. What's up with that?

Next step is to take off the ashtrays and plug it in!

Fenderookie
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Troy, IL

Jun 16th, 2017 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice......out of curiosity, what size strings are these shipping with?

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Jun 16th, 2017 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While I have not played the AV '63, back in the mid 70's, when my main bass was a '64 P, the local high school had a '63 P that a friend of mine brought over often.

My '64 had a wide, but flat neck. Very comfortable and to date, I've not played another P with a neck like it. The weight was pretty average for a P from that era.

By contrast, the school's 63 had a baseball bat neck...thick...too thick (for me) and not as wide as mine. It was not a comfortable bass to play. It was also quite a bit heavier than mine.

It was a memorable bass, in that I can clearly remember how it felt. I loved my 64, and I was surprised how much difference a year made.

Basstorius

Colorado USA

Jun 16th, 2017 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Re; string size - the flats are .045-.100. The rounds installed on the bass appear to be the same size.

cisco
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Show Low, Arizona

Bottom Sucker
Jun 16th, 2017 06:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Removing the ash trays will remove some of the inherent mojo - don't do it! I leave them on.

Fenderookie
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Troy, IL

Jun 16th, 2017 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Basstorius,

Thanks.....

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jun 19th, 2017 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Could be the start of a mini club.

I found a used one (AV 63 reissue) on Saturday and I should receive it through UPS later this week.

When Fender introduced the model in 2013, to be part of a program that phased out the Fullerton AVRS reissues done from 1982-2012, the 63 reissue came in four colors: burst, oly white, sonic blue and a red

The oly whites were done from 2013-2015 and then the finish was dropped. Mine is one of these. Like the sonic blues, the whites have a mint green guard.

I love the OHSCs for these reissues, the throwback blonde tolex variety, which is period correct for 63. Made by G&G.

Looking forward to seeing what I bought.

Basstorius, thanks for the inspiration.

I needed another bass like I need a hole in the head.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 09:03 AM, Jun 19th, 2017)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jun 19th, 2017 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And so...

Basstorius...

How do you like it?

Tell us you love it!!

George

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jun 24th, 2017 04:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just got mine. My goodness this is an excellent bass. My report will be posted after 'torius comments on his.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 08:23 AM, Jun 24th, 2017)

Basstorius

Colorado USA

Jun 25th, 2017 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had some time to play the bass and it sounds wonderful. I really like the AV pickups. As I mentioned in my post on June 15, the bass is stunning. The only thing that is not period correct is the color of the tort guard. With the effort Fender put into this, I don't see why they couldn't do a better job with the pickguard, but really, that's a minor complaint.

The bridge plate looks chrome - wasn't that nickel originally?

As George mentioned, the case is period correct but Fender did add a couple extra cushions; one at the top of the headstock and another at the bottom of the case. The extra cushions really keep the bass snug in the case.

Lastly, I noticed that the bridge cover screws are slightly smaller than the pickup cover screws? Weren't they originally the same size?

I haven't taken a picture of it yet but it looks a lot like the AV sunburst bass on the fender website.

(This message was last edited by Basstorius at 07:05 PM, Jun 25th, 2017)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jun 26th, 2017 03:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great report.

Mine is Oly White and like I mentioned before, I bought it used. Yet, when I unpacked it and pulled it out of the case, it was and is virtually mint.

The factory-issued strings were still on it and removed almost immediately. I'm not a big fan of Fender's generic rounds but the real reason is that I've been playing TI flats for years and am at a point now where I'm too old to change. If it ain't broke....

I ditto everything basstorious said about his and just think the one I got is a terrific bass. The pickups sound amazing and the voicing they produce is just perfect for the kind of music I play and are absolutely classic, old school, vintage, solid to bone Fender tone, the kind that keeps us grabbing for our Fender basses everytime we've got a gig.

I don't have big hands and am not a gorilla-sized man and was concerned before the bass got here that I might not be able to adjust to the bigger and wider necks these basses come with. Turns out, the neck fits my hands like a glove and despite the size, is very very comfortable to play and I can get around it with considerable speed. Topside, there is a "flatness" to the look of how the fretboard attaches to the maple neck underneath that is pleasing to my eye and backside, the roundness of the profile pretty much nails the original necks Fender produced in 1963.

Overall, a very decent tribute and reproduction to one of Fender's classic years as a manufacturer of electric basses. 63 was a very good year.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 05:57 AM, Jun 26th, 2017)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jun 26th, 2017 04:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can't answer the questions about the screws.

Think I'm going start giving my Oly White a sun tan and see how much I can get it to turn. Not sure if Oly goes brown or yellow but I'm going to find out.

These basses are shot with lacquer and from the look of things, the lacquer coat is very thin. Perfect.

George



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