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Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass — List: $2,399.99 Street: $1,699.99

The names of few rock bassists have become more synonymous with fretless bass than that of session great Tony Franklin. Like the man who designed it, the Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass® guitar takes a classic instrument to a new level, with an alder body and modern C-shaped maple neck with an unfinished and unfretted ebony fingerboard with side dot position markers. Other features include vintage tuners, Hipshot® Bass Xtender drop-D tuner on the E string, and three-way pickguard switch that controls an American Series Precision Bass neck pickup and a Tony Franklin signature Jazz Bass® bridge pickup with hex-screw lugs and ceramic bar magnets.

General

Model Name: Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass®, Ebony Fingerboard, Black, 3-Ply Black Pickguard
Model Number: 0190085806
Series: Artist
Advertised Price: $1699.99


Body

Body Material: Select Alder
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape: Precision Bass®


Neck

Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
Fingerboard: Ebony
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: Fretless
Fret Size: Fretless
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm)
Position Inlays: Side Dot
Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt with Artist Signature


Electronics

Bridge Pickup: Tony Franklin Single-Coil Jazz Bass with Hex Screw Pole Pieces and Ceramic Bar Magnets
Middle Pickup: Tony Franklin American Split Single-Coil Precision Bass
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Jazz Bass® Pickup. Position 2. Jazz Bass® and Precision Bass® Pickups. Position 3. Precision Bass® Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SS


Hardware

Bridge: 4-Saddle American Vintage Bass with Single-Groove Steel "Barrel" Saddles
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines: Fender '70s Vintage-Style Stamped Open-Gear with Hipshot® Bass Xtender™ "Drop D" on the E String
Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
Switch Tips: Black


Miscellaneous

Strings: Tony Franklin Signature Strings, NPS, (.045-.105 Gauges)
Unique Features: Unlined Fretless Ebony Fingerboard, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® Pickups, 3-Way Pickup Switching, Matte Finish Pickup Covers, Tony Franklin Engraved Neck Plate, Hipshot® Bass X-Tender™ Drop D Tuning Key on the E String, Tony Franklin Designed NPS Strings, Vintage Styling, Side Dot Position Markers are Located at the Fretting Points of the Fingerboard
Included Accessories: Deluxe Black Hardshell Case, Strap, Cable

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