Corine Marienneau’s Fender Precision

From the french rock group Téléphone

After several years playing heavy and uncomfortable bass guitars

Corine succumbed to this Precision “L”s charm, whose lightness and neck’s profile were much more adapted to her sensitivity and energy.

During an interview about her instruments Corinne specified: “It’s the only one I really like…”.

After several years playing heavy and uncomfortable bass guitars

Corine succumbed to this Precision “L”s charm, whose lightness and neck’s profile were much more adapted to her sensitivity and energy.

During an interview about her instruments Corinne specified: “It’s the only one I really like…”.

Fender Precision L serie

Sale on Wednesday 18 May at 15:00 (CET)

Auctioneer
Bérangère Janik

Head of sales
Arthur Perault

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Gallery

“I’m not a bass-player, I play bass guitar for Téléphone…” these are the words of Corine Marienneau, who, in the early 1970s believed she would become a dancer. Yet she was to become the instinctive and throbbing bass of French rock band par excellence, Téléphone, from 1976 to 1986. After several years playing heavy and uncomfortable bass guitars, Corine succumbed to this Precision “L”s charm, whose lightness and neck’s profile were much more adapted to her sensitivity and energy.

This bass guitar was present for Téléphone from the band’s third album (Coeur de la nuit, October 1980) and was seen at several concerts, namely in November 1982 at the Hippodrome de Pantin and at the 1983 Rockpalast festival.

Carrying the patina of time, the bass’s case is also included. This unique object bears witness to this unmissable French band’s hours of glory throughout tours, recordings and concerts. On the outside of the case are lots of stickers, as many tributes to the legendary places of the Parisian rock scene of the 1960s through to the 1980s, of which Le Palace and especially Le Golf Drouot, old legendary space that invited the biggest names in music like David Bowie and The Who.

A veritable launching pad, Le Golf Drouot propelled many artists such as Jean-Philippe Smet (Johnny Hallyday) or Claude Moine (Eddy Mitchell) during the 1960s. Despite its closing in November 1971 the venue continued to promote several artists in the 1970s such as Martin Circus, Daniel Balavoine and… Téléphone.

The case’s inside is marked by Corine Marienneau’s musical activity in the 1980s as proven by the presence of a Blessed Virgins’ set list. The bass was supposedly leant to Frédéric Lebovici for the band’s recording sessions. During an interview about her instruments Corinne specified: “It’s the only one I really like…”.

This bass is therefore presented as seen, with pronounced general wear that shows that it was not used in moderation and proves a certain intensity of playing. A few modifications should be noted: - the volume’s potentiometer has been changed. - the original bridge has been replaced with a black Schaller D4. - holes on the soundboard (approx. 2mm wide) show that a Thumb Rest has been removed. The bass guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity written and signed by Corinne Marienneau.

Fender Precision L serie

Fender Bass guitar
Year 1965

Description

Serial number
L84299
Fingerboard
Rosewood 
Neck
Maple
Body
Alder