Fantastically Loved & Cared for Fender Elite Precision Bass II 1983 - 1985 Arctic White for Sale

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UPDATE: New photos of bridge and back of headstock.

This is an amazing bass! Period. I cannot express how many sounds and options are available via the active and onboard controls. Currently strung with flatwounds, I dial in soulful Motown-esque tones and with the flip of a switch can treble up and rock with ease. Pick use is awesome but the active tech really helps pickup up subtle fingering and other techniques. At times I'll tuck a thin piece of foam to match Jameson tones (not playing, but close - HA!) It's a really fun guitar that will easily burn hours of your time; is heavier than your reg P Bass too.

$1900 + shipping. A nice (not original) hardshell SKB case is included. Adding, I am the 2nd owner of this guitar and know its history and care.


From Vintage Guitar Magazine:  Fender Precision Bass Elite II On a Tangent In Its Time
By 3855 1983 Fender Precision Bass Elite II.

Precision Bass has been offered in a myriad of models in its 50 years of existense, including a number of “reissues.”

One of the more intriguing variants was the Elite II, which was introduced in mid-1983, and disappeared when Fender was purchased from CBS in early ’85. While subsequent variants of Precision models would have two pickups, the Elite II was the first to offer twice the sonic output of a normal P-Bass. But the Elite II was a bit more complicated…

The early ’80s saw Fender in a tailspin. Its marketplace viability and quality control were suspect. And though the Elite line’s innovative features were oriented toward serious/professional players, bassists were more interested in the no-frills, reliable setup of classic Fender instruments – as the success of the company’s first reissues (also introduced in the early ’80s) averred.

The Elite lineup included a Stratocaster, a Telecaster, and a Precision Bass Elite I (one pickup) and Elite II (two pickups). All models had active circuitry, as well as white pickup covers without exposed polepieces. The Precision Bass Elite had the classic silhouette of the post-’57 P-Bass, as well as a traditional Precision pickguard profile.

In fact, the single pickup on the Elite I as well as the surrounded-by-the-pickguard pickup on the Elite II are found exactly where the pickup would be located on a standard, passive Precision, but that’s where the similarity ends. What’s more, Elites were not the first Fender basses to feature active circuity – that distinction belonged to the Precision Bass Special, made from 1980 to ’83, and which was supplanted by the Elites.

The Elite II’s second pickup (also a split model) is located by the bridge. The controls include two volume knobs, a tone knob, and two three-way mini-toggle switches; one a pickup selector, the other (as described in Klaus Blasquiz’s The Fender Bass) a “tone assign” switch.

One historical fact that might cause some “who-copied-whom” conjecture concerns the frontline two-pickup bass manufactured at the time by Fender’s nearby competitor, G&L, whose L-2000 was introduced in early ’81, and like the P-Bass Elite II, featured a second pickup near the bridge (compared to the single-pickup L-1000). Standard production L-2000s had knobs and mini-toggles laid out in a configuration similar to the P-Bass Elite II,though their operation was different from Elites.

Construction and hardware on the Precision Bass Elites were also state-of-the-art and included Bi-Flex truss rod neck reinforcement, die-cast tuners (which were “plump”), and a fine-tuning mechanism on each bridge saddle.

The Precision Bass Elite II was an intriguing step for the floundering Fender company in those times, and makes a good utilitarian bass for players who prefer traditional look and feel.

In spite of its innovations and sonic options, the Elite II tends to be unfairly stereotyped with other Fenders from the company’s notorious ’70s and early ’80s period.

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Listed5 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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