Old School: 1968 Fender Precision Bass

Sebastian Casís with his 1968 Fender Precision BassThere’s really nothing quite like the Fender Precision Bass. Introduced by Leo Fender in 1951, the P-Bass has had an immense impact on music ever since.

Sebastian Casís, a bassist living in Santa Fe, Argentina, shares his 1968 Precision, causing all of us here to feel pretty jealous.

How long have you owned it?

Since 1990.

How did you come across it?

A bass player from a local band brought it from France. After he died in a car crash, the bass was sold to a friend of mine. A few months later, he sold the bass to me for $1,000. It was in near-mint conditions.

All of the scratches you see now in the photos are the result of hundreds of shows and trips I did across many countries. I love those battle scars. I’m proud of them.

Stock or customized? Give us all the specs!

This bass was all original when I got it. I just put a Hipshot D-Tunner on E string and a push/pull volume pot. In “pull position”, the circuit bypasses both pots (volume and tone) and the sound goes directly from the pickup right into the jack for maximum output and full tone range. No signal loss between conections.

Any special characteristics?

Of course what makes this animal so beautiful is its deep, fat, punchy tone. No other bass can match that tone.

What’s your favorite story about the gear?

A few years after I bought the bass, the owner of a recording studio from my city (Santa Fe, Argentina) found the original brige and pickup metal covers for me. He told me the previous (and late) owner of the bass left those items inside a plastic bag during a session and were forgoten in a corner inside the studios. Call it fate.

Any special history or story behind this instrument?

A long time ago, during one of his first online live clinics, Billy Sheehan told me “Don’t ever sell that bass!!!” He also told me some stories about his P-bass “The Wife” which I understand is also from 1968.

Do you use it on gigs?

No more gigs for this old friend. Only for recording sessions.

What else do you want to share about your gear?

My main bass now for live shows is a 1986 Music Man StingRay with a transparent pickguar and a rare butterscotch finish that somehow cracked from the inside out to the surface. So It looks pretty odd and original. Of course, it has a killer sound.

I used to use a lot of pedals and effects, but now it’s just my bass, a DBX 160A compessor and GK 800RB amp.

I send my signal to the PA board via SansAmp Bass Driver DI.

Any other vintage gear?

In addition to the ’86 MusicMan StingRay (mentioned above), I have two early 80’s Aria Pro II basses, from my “metal years”. These are the same as the bass Cliff Burton played. (I don’t know if those qualify as “vintage”).

I also have some more “newer” electrics and acoustics.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I picked up the bass when I was 10 years old in 1980 after I saw Gene Simmons with KISS on TV. Over the years, I did a lot of session work and live gigs with many bands and different styles of music (originals and covers).

Now I play and sing in MO’BLUES, which is the only blues/rock band from Argentina touring and playing in festivals all over the US, Canada and many other countries. Our lyrics are in spanish, English… and “spanglish”! Lots of fun.

I’m on Twitter and Facebook. You can check out more about me on my website, and watch videos of MO’BLUES on our Youtube channel.

If you own any vintage gear you'd like us to spotlight in "Old School", we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a line at oldschool@notreble.com.

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  1. I am not completely sure, but I believe in 69′ when CBS bought Fender they enlarged the Fender Precision Bass decal on the scroll . So that would make this bass a 69′ .
    Any info on that available ?

  2. Jerry Bone

    My first bass was a 1965 Fender P bought in1965 …I sold it for 150.00 bucks around 68 I think it was .. Of course with major regrets I tried to buy it back over the years from the gentleman but he was to attached …
    In 2017 the gentleman passed away and left it to his daughter
    I called her and explained that was my first bass I ever owned and would she please let me have first chance at buying it back should she ever consider selling it …More to the story but a year later the daughter called me with tears in her voice and said she was ready to let it go ..
    I offered to give her money and another bass ..I’m still in shock that she said no I want you to have it ..She must have channeled her Dads love for that bass to me having the same emotion ..The band I was with opened for Rodney Crowell at a festival the following week and the bass was amazing ..What’s the chances of your first bass coming back to you after all those years …

  3. Doghouse Donnie

    So I go to their page, and this is one of the first videos that pops up. This guy is really good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmtX_nO6rUM