Not sure what happened to my original topic, I was posting from my iPhone so maybe I deleted it. Sry~ http://s95.photobucket.com/user/orna...Bass%20Mystery
Thx to everyone for their opinions - this looks to fall in-line with other suggestions here.
From The Fender Discussion Page: "Hmmm........
An interesting combination of components,and finish.
I am only offering an opinion.
Overall I think it is someones' personal customization,probably done by a repair shop or the like.
It appears in good condition.
The pics on the slide show gave me a bit of a chance to look at the pot codes and they are CTS with a date being what looks like 1988 probably.
What is unusual is the headstock being matched,yet no signs on the body or neck that I see quoting a special order,even if they did state special by that year (not likely).
Personal take on the headstock is that it was sprayed ex-factory,and an aftermarket decal was applied. The nature of the font on the decal is pre-cbs;the design number is the slightly later one found in those years that appeared around the end of 1964/early 1965 being: DES 169,062.
Previously the design number on pre-cbs models was: DES 187,001. Be aware that a check on the actual design and patent numbers reveals that they did not necessarily indicate the Jazz Bass,rather they were for overall design features,or an instrument type generic.
So there you go - the consensus is this is a hack, until I hear otherwise from John Page / or a current Fender CS rep.
I'll still measure the pickups, and check for the tuning key screw/stud.