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Post subject: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:24 pm
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Hi !
I'm on the look out for "historical" info concerning my Pearl brand (yes the percussion guys in Nashville), bass guitar.
It sounds great (like any good Fender, should). :shock:
Looks exactly like one too.

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This babe had been stored since the early 198O's in someone's garage till my ex's aunt gave it to me along with a dual showman TFL 5000 X amp and 100 W speaker.
Actually she asked me to take that old "junk" pile out of the garage and put it on the sidewalk for trash pick up the next morning.
My ex asked me : "You're not gonna bring more junk home ? Are you ?"
One good reason I don't miss her.
All I know it was probably bought in Belgium by my ex's uncle.
Any clue would help.


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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:10 pm
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Damned if that doesn't look authentic! Faded Olympic White. Headstock faded just the right shade of amber. Looks right to me. Did Fender rebrand instruments with the Pearl trademark? I don't know, but that may be a very rare bass. Thanks for posting.

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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:46 pm
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Just found this:

http://www.bass-blogger.de/2007/05/03/denkmal-fur-den-unbekannten-pearl-bass/

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Guten Tag Herr Charzinski

In den 80er Jahren hat Pearl Bass Gitarren gemacht!

Leider habe ich jedoch hierzu keine weiteren Informationen für Sie.

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Marion Higler Pearl Music Europe says Pearl did made some Bass guitars in the 80's. :D

Including a beautiful (damn good Fender looking) Jazz Pearl Bass.


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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:15 pm
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Naked pic of the Pearl.

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I did put the "ashtray" back over the saddle, but will leave the bridge off (palm muting).
No visible wear, except for chrome rust dots, and a broken tuner (replaced with workaround type), I will replace all 4 tuners with original FENDER ones, as I doubt I could find original PEARL ones, assuming they aren't different.
One thing for sure : There are some cheap Fender clones around, but who would make fake Pearls ?
One of these days, I will dismantle the neck, there might be some authentic Fender parts branding on the neck and body.
No "F" on the neck bolt chrome plate.


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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:30 pm
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Twin "nature" sister bass found in Germany :

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Real twins : Both are missing the volume knob ! :roll:


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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:11 pm
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Holy Shitski! Both Volume Knobs Gone! It's a Volume knobular conspirasy! Call the Knob Police. Knob Police! Police! Police!

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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:39 pm
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Couldn't wait...

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No branding, or serial number whatsoever.

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No wear on the varnish...

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...or on the frets. 8)


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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:11 pm
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That's a healthy lookin bass. Both are.


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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:12 pm
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A week ago, I wanted to know if this bass was a quality clone of the ASP bass, worthy of the Pearl brand, and up to the quality standard of their percussion products, or a cheap resin synthetic "wood", or plywood "junk" copy, (which the way it sounds contradicts vehemently).
So I started sanding some paint down on the back.
As you can see I was pleased by what I saw, and got a bit carried away.
I was thinking to make it into a "custom" natural wood bass.
Yet on the other hand that faded original Olympic white is just great looking too.
So I end up (at least for the moment) with a dual tone (front/back) bass guitar.
Proudly showing off (to the backstage folks only) the solid maple nature of this great body.
(Single coat clear varnish).
Putting it back together tomorrow...

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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:38 pm
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WOW !

This one babe got taken for 223 EUR on Ebay :

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PEARL-E-Bass-Weis-Raritat-Sammlerstuck-/330726901401?ru=http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=330726901401&_rdc=1&nma=true&si=Y4fSJ3hq4GXPQjjhSSEj1U7cnxM%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

With hard case it's a steal ! :mrgreen:


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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:41 pm
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Neat find! Or was anyway.


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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:20 pm
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Neat find! Or was anyway.


+1

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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:42 am
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Pickups, + 2x 250 K Ohms potentiometers, please let me know if this is conform to Fender standard P bass set up.

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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:09 pm
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Great detailed pictures of a 1973 P Bass (scroll down).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1973-VINTAGE-FENDER-PRECISION-BASS-GUITAR-NATURAL-BEAUTY-USA-ORIGINAL-OHSC-/370666209379?pt=Guitar&hash=item564d6d8063

Ouch the price tag !
After all it looks, and sounds like a Pearl. /sarc :oops:


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Post subject: Re: Help on Pearl brand "Fender" P bass (62 clone ?)
Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:52 am
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Pretty cool custom pick guard plate cut out that will allow for truss rod adjustment with strings on, and under tension (tuned).

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Gee ! Now it looks even more like the real Fender thing... :shock:


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