1953 Precision Bass® Journeyman Relic®

1953 Precision Bass® Journeyman Relic®, 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck, Aged Black

Model Number: 9236081236

$8,199.00 RRP
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New for 2023, the Fender Custom Shop introduces the ’53 Precision Bass Journeyman Relic. Exactly 70 years after its groundbreaking (and ground shaking) predecessor, the instrument is loaded with looks, sound and vibe that expertly evoke the Precision Bass in one of its earliest incarnations.

The two-piece select slab ash body is most conducive to sweet midrange and tight lows, and is wrapped in cool Journeyman Relic flash coat lacquer finishes in Aged Nocaster® Blonde, Aged Black and Aged Two-Color Sunburst. This special treatment imparts the look of a bass that has changed hands or been handed down over the years, mostly played around the house and the occasional jam session or weekend gig. This generally well-cared-for look includes light finish checking, several “friendly” down-to-the-wood nicks and dings, some dulling of the hardware, and general moderate playing wear. The look of a very lucky find, in short.

The one-piece quartersawn maple neck has a ’51-style “U” profile and is thicker at the body end, with a slight taper toward the nut for feel that’s big and round but not cumbersome; topped by a 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard with 20 medium vintage (47095) frets and a bone nut. Beneath the early-’50s-era chrome cover sits a single Custom Shop hand-wound Vintage Precision Bass pickup with vintage wiring for full and warm low-end power and tone. Other premium features include a single-ply black phenolic pickguard (parchment on Two-Color Sunburst and Aged Black models), two-saddle vintage-style bridge with fiber saddles and chrome cover, vintage-style tuners, disc string tree, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

  • General
    Model Number 9236081236
    Series Time Machine
    Color Aged Black
    Orientation Right-Hand
  • Body
    Body Finish Flash Coat Lacquer
    Body Shape Precision Bass®
    Body Material 2-Piece Select Ash Slab Body with No Contours
  • Neck
    Neck Material 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple
    Neck Finish Flash Coat Lacquer with Dark Tint
    Neck Shape 1951 "U"
    Fingerboard Radius 7.25" (184.1 mm)
    Fingerboard Material 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck
    Number of Frets 20
    Fret Size Medium Vintage (47095)
    Nut Width 1.70" (43.2 mm)
    Position Inlays Black Micarta, 0.25" (6.35 mm)
    Headstock Telecaster®
    Neck Plate 4-Bolt with Custom Shop "V" Logo
  • Hardware
    Bridge 2-Saddle Vintage Precision Bass® with Fiber Saddles
    Tuning Machines Vintage-Style
    Pickguard 1-Ply Parchment
    Control Knobs Knurled Chrome
  • Electronics
    Controls Volume, Tone
    Switching None
    Configuration Single Coil