Fender Custom Shop Unveils 2013 Custom Collection Basses

Fender Custom Shop has introduced their 2013 Custom Collection, including the 2013 Closet Classic Precision Bass Pro and the 1951 Relic Precision Bass. As with all of the line, the basses are built by Fender’s craftsmen in their Corona, California Custom Shop.

Fender Custom Shop 2013 Closet Classic Precision Bass Pro

The 2013 Closet Classic Precision Bass Pro combines vintage styling with new customized features, says Fender. It’s built with a premium alder body and a one-piece quartersawn maple neck that has a 1960 Oval “C” back shape. In an interesting twist, the bass is equipped with a pair of Seymour Duncan Stacked 1951 P Bass pickups with Vintage Jazz Bass wiring, with the controls configured Volume/Volume/Tone. Other features include a side-mounted output jack, vintage-style reverse tuners, and a new high-mass bridge designed by the Custom Shop’s Research Special Division.

Fender Custom Shop 2013 Closet Classic Precision Bass Pro Specs:

  • Body: Hand Selected Premium Alder
  • Finish: Lacquer
  • Neck: Quartersawn Maple with a 1960 Oval “C” Back Shape
  • Neck Finish: Gloss/Oiled
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo
  • Tuners: Vintage Reverse Machine Heads
  • Bridge: RSD-Designed High-Mass Bridge
  • Pickups: Dual Seymour Duncan Stacked ’51 P Bass
  • Wiring: Vintage Jazz Bass
  • Controls: Volume/Volume/Tone
  • Pickguard: White Moto
  • Accessories: Case, Certificate
  • Color: Black

Fender Custom Shop 1951 Relic Precision Bass Melon Candy

Available in Aged Lake Placid Blue, Melon Candy, and Candy Tangerine, Fender describes the 1951 Relic Precision Bass as an instrument that “could have been built in 1951 but wasn’t.” It is crafted with a hand-selected ash body and quartersawn maple neck. The pickup is also a Seymour Duncan stacked Precision Bass pickup, controlled with Volume and Tone kobs. The gold hardware is matched by an anodized gold pickguard.

Fender Custom Shop 1951 Relic Precision Bass Lake Placid Blue

Fender Custom Shop 1951 Relic Precision Bass Specs:

  • Body: Select Slab-body Ash
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck: One-Piece Quartersawn Maple with 1951 “U” Shape
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo
  • Bridge: Gold Vintage Bass
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Pickups: Custom Shop Stacked ‘51 P Bass® Pickup
  • Controls: Volume/Tone
  • Pickguard: Gold Anodized
  • Accessories: Case, Cable, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity
  • Color: Aged Lake Placid Blue, Melon Candy, Candy Tangerine

The Fender Custom Shop 2013 Closet Classic Precision Bass Pro and 1951 Relic Precision Bass are available with MSRPs of $4,600 and $5,400, respectively. For more info, check out the Fender Custom Shop website.

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  1. Oh my God, I fell in love three time whilst I read this post…

  2. Not in love with that headstock shape on any of these.

  3. Loving the blue 51. Sadly, can’t afford those prices. Looks like a Warmoth build in my future!!

  4. The Red 51 is to die for, but what a price!

  5. Out of the common mans price range. But they are very nice.

  6. The Fender Custom Shop 1951 (bottom blue pictured) is a dream come true /// but the price is a living nightmare!

  7. Nice basses, and I’m sure they sound great… but anyone could probably build something similar for a fraction of the price. with the exception of the quartersawn neck, someone could probably build the ’51 (which I like best) for under $700. $4600/5400 MSRP just means that collectors are going to snatch these up.

  8. It seems that anything that comes out of the Custom Shop is about 3 grand overpriced. If they are doing this all by hand, well maybe. But if they are using the same CNC machines as they do on everything else, then I fail to see the up charge.

  9. Way too overpriced for a slab of wood.

  10. These are amazing and gorgeous. But there is no way in hell I’d pay that for one. All guitar manufacturers really need to take a hard look at who their market is. Players, not collectors. When did instruments become shit to hang on the wall?

  11. Get over it. They’re FCS Basses!