This is my favorite parts axe….
Neck is a super rare maple cap black block Jazz Bass neck that dates to the early 70s. Body is a 70s Fender Precision that was refinished a couple of times, until I stripped off the color and found the natural finish underneath. Pickguard and bridge are unknown origin aftermarket (stuff I had lying around the barn). Pickup is a Nordstrand, I believe.
Super light (8.25 lbs). Neck is really, really rare and has lots of birdseye in it. Tuners are proper early 70s nickel. Nordstrand sound fantastic.
Body was abused, but the cracks were repaired and have held up fine. There's a few non-original parts (pg, pickup, pots, knobs, jack, bridge, neckplate). Neck had some other tuners on it, but the proper-era Fender replacements covered the holes.
I took this to Eric Chaz on Friday (1/24) in the hopes of having him set it up and make it a killer player. Eric is one of the best repair guys in Los Angeles. He says it needs the fingerboard planed (which will require removal of the frets, a refret, and then refinishing the fingerboard). His charge for this is $310.
The whole restoration story can be seen at my blog: www.DukeVsBass.com
Look for the link on the right hand side that says "70s Amber Surprise."
I'm going to offer this for sale as-is for $800 shipped in the Lower 48. The neck, in good playing order, is worth close to $1000 on its own. This is such a great axe, I really don't want to part it. I'll consider trades for other axes, but could use the cash and will prefer that sort of deal. Will ship in a gig bag.
Please note that I won't accept a crazy lowball offer on this so please restrain yourself. If you can give this the love it needs, it has the potential to be a lifer.
Restoration pix below (note that the tuners on the neck-only pix have been replaced with proper 70s nickel Fenders).