]Well, it seems like it's time to sell my 1974 Fender Jazz bass
. I bought this bass about five years ago from a little music store that was selling the bass on consignment from the original owner.
It's all original and has a four bolt neck, which I've been told was being phased out in 1973 in favor of that three bolt tilt-a-neck nightmare. I also have the chrome pickup and bridge covers and case. $2999 + shipping o.b.o.
Here's a link to my DropBox photo album: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4wktq5lzxje0vqd/ecEp3EWFo-#/
And here's a link to a quick little video that I shot: https://www.dropbox.com/sc/gj4wenh1b93u208/vJn8qIchZe
My original intention in buying this bass was to use it as a substitute for my 1969 Fender Jazz. I felt better about taking a 1974 Jazz bass on the road.
Two things have happened. Firstly, I'm playing basses made by a great bass maker named Leslie McCurdy now (www.fleetguitars.com
- you can see my photo on the website;-), and second, I discovered that this bass has a slightly different pickup placement compared to my '69 Jazz bass. They sound different, so my original plot to use the '74 as a road substitute for the '69 didn't make sense.
Actually, I started a thread on TalkBass about the sound of this bass. I didn't realize that the pickups were in slightly different positions, so I panicked and thought something was wrong. After testing both pickups and all the pots with my multimeter to no avail, someone chimed in and mentioned that the placement was the issue. It was a pain, but the good news is this bass has been thoroughly tested and everything is fine.
Anyway, I have seven electric basses and three uprights in the house. It's time to vote something off of the island before my wife votes me off of the island and keeps the basses!
The bass is all original, has the case and pickup covers, and plays great. Here are the numbers.
Neck Plate: 623008
Volume Pots: 1377429
If you noticed that one of the solder joints on the front volume pot is shiny, that's because I loosened it up a bit on accident when I was pulling the control plate to take the photo. I re-soldered that wire in place. You can see that the other wires still have their original solder.
There's a nick on the back of the neck near the heal, and a small rub spot on the back of the next down near the third fret, neither of which come under my thumb when I play it.
The frets are worn, but they seem to have worn evenly. The way I have it set up, I'm not getting any dean notes. If you're a low action player, you will definitely need to tweak the setup. I think you'll still be fine, fret-wise, but it may need a dressing.
That's about it. It's a very nice all original bass in great shape. I hate to let her go. PM me with any and all questions
. I can provide more photos or sound clips or whatever you need. You're also welcome to swing by the house and play it if you're in the NYC area. I'll accept a personal check, money order, cash, or gold. I'll also accept PayPal, but I'd rather avoid it because of the fees and the fact that I can only withdraw $500 at a time once a month.
I'd like to keep this sale in the United States due to customs issues. I apologize to my world wide friends.