Fender Custom Shop Introduces Sean Hurley Signature 1961 Precision Bass

The Fender Custom Shop has unveiled the Sean Hurley Signature 1961 Precision Bass, available in Three-color Sunburst, Olympic White and Charcoal Frost. The model replicates the renowned session bassist’s own vintage Precision bass down to the piece of foam he stuffed under the strings in front of the bridge to deaden the strings. That led the company to create a string mute that can be engaged any time during a song, which is the first time such a device has been offered on a Fender bass.

Fender Sean Hurley Signature 1961 Precision Bass - Three-color Sunburst

Created by Fender’s master builders, the new bass is built with a select alder body finished in nitrocellulose lacquer, a quartersawn maple neck with a custom “C” shape, and a rosewood fingerboard. All of the features are vintage styled including the heel adjust truss rod, fret size, 4-saddle bridge, and tuners. The pickup is a hand-wound wound vintage split single-coil. Other features include a thumb rest, La Bella flatwound strings, and a tortoiseshell pickguard.

The Fender Sean Hurley Signature 1961 Precision Bass will be available soon with an MSRP of $6,400. For more info, check out the Fender Custom Shop website.

Fender Sean Hurley Signature 1961 Precision Bass Specs:

Fender Sean Hurley Signature 1961 Precision Basses

  • Colors: Faded 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White, Aged Charcoal Frost
  • Body Material: Select Alder
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Body Shape: Precision Bass
  • Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Shape: Custom “C”
  • Scale Length: 34? (864 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25? (184.1 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fret Size: Vintage-Style
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.75? (44.45 mm)
  • Position Inlays: White Dot
  • Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Serialized
  • Pickup: Hand-Wound Vintage Split Single-Coil Precision Bass
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Bridge: 4-Saddle American Vintage Bass with Threaded Steel “Barrel” Saddles
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • Pickguard: Tortoiseshell
  • Unique Features: Custom String Mute, La Bella Flatwound Strings, Thumb Rest, Custom “C” Shape Neck Profile

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  1. Sean Hurley is a beast, No doubt, BUT Fender is smoking that mind numbing crack if they think anyone is going to pay $6,400 for a P- bass with a muting bridge.

  2. For $6,400, I could get a really nice bass – one that is vintage!

  3. They should just rename Custom shop the Rip Off shop.

  4. A whole lot of $$ for a new bass! I bought my ’64 Jazz for $185 in ’64 and it still plays just fine.

  5. At that price, I’d go for a good F-Bass Fretless bass (AC) or either Bunny Brunel/Brian Bromberg Carvin ones (and these are way cheaper than that)!

  6. for $6400 I could have a guitar built for me…just saying.

  7. I seriously want to know the market for these extremely high dollar basses?

  8. Sean is a great player, but come on Fender. How about a Willie Weeks or freaking JAMES JAMERSON, THEN you’d be getting my attention. If this bass cost HALF as much it would be over priced. In this economy you can get a real pre-CBS bass for about the same these days.

  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI9iAkTSOd8

    Man.. Would have loved a Bob Babbitt signature before this. Man.. I love John Mayer and Sean Hurley..
    But.. Bob was using those mutes WAYWAYWAY before and obviously has that signature sound. He starts talking about a prototype around 1:40 in the video.

  10. Wasn’t that bass supposed to be a Bob Babbitt/ James Jamerson signature?
    Really disappointed about the Funk Brothers being once more forgotten.

  11. Wow, $6,400. Wow is there a target consumer for this bass, It’s not for any consumer I’m guessing with that price. Not for nothing but there isn’t a lot of Rich people nowadays. Even rich people are tightening up on their budget. No way are they going to sell more then maybe 100 of these things.

  12. I own an original 1961 Fender Precision and it doesn’t look like this one yeah> your missing a few standard parts my friends.

  13. Lastly you couldn’t buy my 61 Fender Precision for 6400$ try 25 000$ better yet she ain’t for sale during my lifetime yeah.

  14. I own a ’61 p bass. 100% original. This bass love’s flats.. Got it December 2012..paid $6,000… It’s an amazing bass as well as a good investment..

  15. waycar

    It’s pretty obvious that they don’t really expect to make very many, if any, of these basses at this price. If they do go into production they’ll just end up hanging in some shop window like the Pino Palladino & Dusty Hill D CS basses. At least Sean got his . . .