Identifying early jazz bass
I recently purchased an early jazz bass but I am having trouble dating it?? The original owner bought it in 1972. It has been refinished poorly but the neck date in pencil is still there and reads 9-60. It is brazillian slab with clay dots. Reverse geared tuners and the strap button is in the right place near the tuners on the back of the headstock. X truss rod nut. The neck plate serial number is 55026 which is 1961. No original case. Now it gets harder. The body still has some of the sunburst left in the cavity which is 3 color. The body has no mute holes drilled??? It is alder with the routing pin holes. Original unstripped paint is in the pickup cavitys. There is no date in the bridge pickup pocket but there is an original finished over piece of tape in the bottom of the neck pickup cavity??? With something written under it I can't make out?? I did not remove it as this may help date the body. The bridge is original and the pickguad is original tortoise. Missing thumb rest. It is a 3 knob and not stacked?? Two large and one small baklite knobs present. All pots have been replaced. The control plate is old and the screw mount holes are NOT countersunk??? There is black cloth wire connecting the brass shield plates and there are triangular bits holding the brass plate down in the bottom of the control cavity. The pickups are grey-green bottoms with plastic black white wires. There is deteriorated black goo foam on the bottoms so I can't see any identification. I do not want to take the covers off yet. Can anyone give me any information about dating the body?? Are the neck and body an original pair or pieces put together??? What year are the pickups??? Is the control plate original??? And finally what is the approx value of this thing???Thanks for any info guys----
Cripes... sounds very similar to the state my 62 Jazz was in when I bought it. Thought it was a 61 for a long time, until I took it to pieces to verify the date for a possible sale.
I'm afraid I was too young to care and modded it further and discarded/lost a lot of the original bits of hardware which had rusted.
We need to see some piccys.
It's apparent you have a Jazz someone assembled from two. The neck is obvious. But sounds like your body is a mid 60's.
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