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Monday, August 24, 2009

Fender 1955 Precision Bass


via this auction
"For sale here is a 1955 Fender Precision Bass. Has been stripped and refinished. Texas luthier Jim Russell has restored the neck finish as close to original as possible. The guitar plays very well. It does have the imfamous P-Bass worm gear rattle in the tuning keys, but it does not affect the phenomenal playability or tone of this instrument. All other aspects of the guitar are fully functional, and have been reviewed by Mr. Russell. Below is a brief history of the origins and travels of this instrument.

Originally owned by Gene Vincent (Dallas artist who wrote "Be-Bop-A-Lula")

Gene Vincent 1957


The guitar then was owned by Scotty McKay who played in Gene's group and many other groups please see: http://www.rockabillyhall.com/GitItMcKay.html.

The next stop for the well traveled guitar was Ronnie Dawson. Ronnie formed his own band, "Ronnie Dee & The D Men," and within two months entered the talent contest at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas. Ronnie won ten weeks in a row and Ed MacLemore, who at the time was Gene Vincent's manager, signed the band. http://www.rockabillyhall.com/RonnieDawson.html

The next owner was George M. Jones somewhat obscure songwriter and performer. In 1968 current owner 1960's recording artist "Floyd Dakil" also from Dallas Texas, (http://www.garagehangover.com/?q=FloydDakil) let George use his Gibson J-45 in exchange for Floyd using the Bass for recording sessions. In 1983 they officially traded guitars."


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