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Tracii Guns 'Cowhide' Precision Bass (Larry Brooks) hand-painted by Dan Lawrence Guitars

1994 Fender Tracii Guns 'Cowhide' Precision Bass (Larry Brooks) hand-painted by Dan Lawrence

Color: Cream, Rating: 9.25, $3,950.00 (ID# 01504)
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Specially Made for Tracii Guns by Larry Brooks and then Uniquely decorated by Dan Lawrence.

 

1994 Fender Tracii Guns 'Cowhide' Precision Bass (Larry Brooks) hand -painted by Dan Lawrence.

 

The body of this unique 1951-54 specification Precision Bass was specially made by Larry Brooks of the Fender Custom Shop in 1995 for former LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns. Finished in a unique cream color it was then specially painted for Tracii Guns in a unique black cowhide design by Dan Lawrence who has signed the treble horn in black. The neck was supplied (at the time) by the Fender Custom Shop. This guitar came from Fred Stuart who was one of the greatest of the Fender Custom Shop's Master Builders. It had been given to Fred by the late Mark Wittenberg - they were close friends.

This thirteen-inch-wide custom-made bass guitar weighs just 9.20 lbs. Solid alder, thirteen inch wide, 'slab' body with special hand-painted cowhide finish, the treble horn signed in black "Dan Lawrence '94". One-piece maple neck with a medium profile and maple fretboard with 20 original medium-thin frets and black dot position markers. Single circular string tree. Individual Fender 'Kluson' bass tuners with cloverleaf shaped metal buttons. Headstock with Fender "spaghetti" logo in silver with black trim and "Precision Bass" in black below. Back of headstock with Fender Custom Shop" decal. Four-bolt neckplate with the serial number "CN 93428" between the top two screws and "Custom Shop / USA" beneath. The underside of the neck is stamped "Custom Shop / USA" in red and "J. Velazco" in black. The end of the neck is marked in pencil "8 8 93" The neck pocket is stamped in black "51 PBASS". One 'Telecaster Bass' style black bottom four-pole-piece pickup with a white label on the underside with "6.7k / 2.7H" and an output of 6.58k. The pickup cavity is stamped in blind "LB0057". Transparent acrylic pickguard with seven screws. Two controls (one volume and one tone) on chrome plate on lower treble bout. Tall control knobs with knurled sides and 'domed' tops. bridge plate tailpiece is stamped "Fender / Pat. Pend. / 0031" and has two 1951 style "pressed fiber'" saddles. This guitar is in near mint (9.25) condition. Complete with both the pickup and bridge chrome covers. Housed in the original Fender Gig Bag.

Together with a letter of authenticity from Fred Stuart: "Cowhide P- bass / This instrument was built for Tracii Gunns in 1994 and was returned later. It was then given to me by / Mark Wittenberg very shortly before his untimely death in 1995. / I have been using it for recording and as a spare bass for some years, and have replaced the pots and / the neck plate. It is otherwise original. / The graphics were done by Dan Lawrence, a prominent artist in the guitar graphics field. / Fred Stuart"

Larry L. Brooks was for several years the Custom Shop's 'Master Guitar Builder for Artist Relations' and has built guitars for Bonnie Raitt, Albert Collins, Jon Bon Jovi, Ritchie Sambora, and most of the other artist endorsers who’ve had product built by Fender’s custom shop. Together with the artists he designed amongst many others, the Kurt Cobain Jagstang, the Waylon Jennings Tribute Telecaster and the Courtney Love Guitar.

Dan Lawrence of DRL Graphics is a custom graphic artist and is known for his extraordinary talent with an airbrush. Along with his unique style and meticulous attention to fine detail, also comes his commitment to quality. Dan's work is known and appreciated throughout the industry by many musicians and guitar manufacturers such as Charvel, Jackson, Fender, Ibanez, Schecter, Tom Anderson, B.C. Rich, Chandler, GMW Guitars, and Thorn Guitars amongst many others. His musician clients include Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Neal Schon, Paul Stanley, Tracii Guns and Zak Wylde.

Mark Wittenberg (1951-1995) worked in Artists’ Relations for Fender Guitars in Corona and lived in Glendora. He enjoyed having musicians drop in unexpectedly at his office. Think of a famous musician who plays a Fender and Mark met them.

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