If you've always wanted to own a vintage Fender bass guitar but never had enough cash to throw down on one, you've definitely come to the right spot. The Fender Custom Shop's Relic bass models are flawlessly crafted re-creations of the basses that helped make a Fender a household name in the '50s and '60s. From the wirings of the pickups to their finishes and even the construction methods used to make them, Relic basses could fool even the most knowledgeable Fender history buff. In fact, these stunning basses are even "aged" to certain degrees to look worn in and as vintagely authentic as possible.
From '55 Limited Edition Precisions to 1960 Jazz Basses, La Cabronita Boracho models and more, Fender specializes in a Relic Bass for every discerning taste. For example, the Custom Shop Pino Paladino Relic Signature Precision Bass in Fiesta Red is a meticulous replica of Pino Paladino's '62 Precision. Not very many groovers have a resume like Paladino's - as a leading session bassist, he lent his bass talents to greats like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Simon and Garfunkel, John Mayer and countless others. His Custom Shop Signature Precision Bass was made to his exact specifications, and the result is nothing short of brilliant.
Or, if you're looking for a bass that will take you and your audience back to a pinnacle year for Fender, check out the Custom Shop Anniversary 1964 Precision Bass Heavy Relic Electric Bass Guitar. That year, the world was getting down to the sounds of incredible Motown, Stax and surf acts. With this bass, Fender celebrates the 50th anniversary of a model that played an important role in many of the popular groups that came from those aforementioned genres and record labels. Sporting an alder body, vintage split pickup and topped up with an eye-catching bleached 3-color Sunburst finish, the Custom Shop '64 Precision fully captures the vibe, tone and feel of that vital year in music.
When you get right down to it, everything that comes out of the Fender Custom Shop is the result of today's most talented luthiers and artists putting their genius to work. Their Relic Bass models are no exception, and having a closer look at any of the choices in this section will make that obvious to you right away.