Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass®

Model #: 0190085800

  • Color
    3-Color Sunburst
  • Fingerboard Material
    Ebony
$1,699.99
Artist Series

The Artist series puts the essence of true musical collaboration in the hands of players and fans, with instruments that bear the names of the world’s most influential guitarists and bassists. Learn More

Fretless Franklin Style
Few rock bassists are as closely identified with fretless bass as Tony Franklin. Acclaimed for his innumerable session credits and work with Roy Harper, the Firm, Blue Murder, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and others, Franklin is a devoted and longtime Precision artist and one of the finest modern exponents of the fretless version of the instrument. The Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass delivers his style and powerful elastic tone in a model with classic looks and personalized Franklin features including two specially voiced pickups, a drop-D E-string tuner and more.
Features
  • Maple neck with “C” profile
  • Three-way pickup selector switch
  • Unmarked and unfinished ebony fingerboard with side dot markers only
  • Tony Franklin designed pickups
  • American Vintage bass bridge with four single-groove steel “barrel” saddles
  • Vintage-style tuners with Hipshot® Bass Xtender drop-D tuner on the E string
  • Highlights

    “P/J” Pickup Configuration with Franklin Bridge Pickup
    “P/J” Pickup Configuration with Franklin Bridge Pickup

    This bass features the tonally versatile combination of a pummeling split single-coil Precision Bass® middle pickup and a growling Jazz Bass® bridge pickup, widely known in bass guitar circles as a “P/J” pickup configuration. The specially voiced Tony Franklin Jazz Bass single-coil bridge pickup has hex-screw pole pieces and ceramic bar magnets.

    Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
    Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish

    Nitrocellulose lacquer is one of the great original-era Fender electric guitar finishes, and is still used today on select instruments. Thin, porous and delicate, it’s a premium finish prized for sonic qualities that let body woods breathe with their true tonal character, and for an appearance that ages and wears in a distinctive way appealing to many players.

    Fretless Ebony Fingerboard with No Fret Markers
    Fretless Ebony Fingerboard with No Fret Markers

    There’s nothing like the slippery, fluid and elastic tone of a fretless bass. A distinctly classic Fender sound since the early 1970s, it’s in better form than ever coming from Tony Franklin’s Signature Precision Bass, which features a beautiful ebony fingerboard with no fret marker lines (side dots only).

    Three-Way Blade Pickup Switch
    Three-Way Blade Pickup Switch

    Because it’s a dual-pickup instrument, Tony Franklin’s signature Precision model features a three-way blade pickup switch that gives you each pickup individually or both of them together.

    Hipshot Drop-D Tuner
    Hipshot Drop-D Tuner

    The E-string tuning machine on the Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass features a Hipshot® drop-D mechanism that lets you de-tune quickly and accurately with the mere flip of a lever.

    Signature-Stamped Neck Plate
    Signature-Stamped Neck Plate

    In an extra-personalized touch, the neck plate of the Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass is engraved with his signature.

  • Specs

    Accessories
    • Case/Gig Bag:
      Deluxe Black Hardshell (Black Interior)
    • Included Accessories:
      Deluxe Black Hardshell Case, Strap, Cable
    Body
    • Body Material:
      Select Alder
    • Body Finish:
      Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    • Body Shape:
      Precision Bass®
    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
    • Switching:
      3-Position Blade: Position 1. Jazz Bass® Pickup. Position 2. Jazz Bass® and Precision Bass® Pickups. Position 3. Precision Bass® 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:
      4-Ply Tortoiseshell
    • Control Knobs:
      Knurled Flat-Top
    • Neck Plate:
      4-Bolt with Artist Signature
    Miscellaneous
    • Strings:
      Tony Franklin Signature Strings, NPS, (.045-.105 Gauges)
    • Other 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
    Neck
    • Neck Material:
      Maple
    • Neck Finish:
      Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    • Neck Shape:
      Modern "C"
    • Scale Length:
      34" (864 mm)
    • Fingerboard Material:
      Ebony
    • Fingerboard Radius:
      9.5" (241 mm)
    • Number of Frets:
      Fretless
    • Fret Size:
      Fretless
    • Nut Material:
      Synthetic Bone
    • Nut Width:
      1.625" (41.3 mm)
    • Position Inlays:
      Side Dot
    • Truss Rod:
      Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
  • Support