This particular 1958 P Bass is 100 percent original and is said to have been used onstage with Boxcar Willie’s band and by rockabilly legend Eddie Cochran’s bassist Connie ‘Guybo’ Smith [see inset photo]. 1958 was a year of transition for the P Bass. And many features and appointments were only seen together for one year because of the many alterations the P-bass saw between ’57 and’59. The contoured, second generation body has a two-tone sunburst finish that was discontinued in May 1958, while its one-piece maple neck and fingerboard was replaced in mid 1959 by a maple neck and rosewood fretboard combination. This instrument also sports the gold, anodized aluminum pickguard of mid ’57 to late ’59 and the P Bass’ signature split-coil pickup—a humbucking design that’s connected in series but magnetically inverted (N/S-S/N)—though in this case it uses raised-A pole pieces that were discontinued and made flush in 1959 production models.
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