Now I'm one too! Today I went and snagged a defretted Squier JV series jazz bass that is apparently from May-June 1983 (ish). I didn't get a great deal on it, but I paid what it was worth to me and I feel good about the deal overall. I'm still getting used to the reversed tuners and the thin neck, but I'm really enjoying the comfy feel. For some reason, jazz basses just feel like home to me in terms of body shape and balance.
The tone!!! Wow, this thing just sings. I love the single coil bark from the bridge pickup and the massive thump from both pickups full on. I've owned a few jazz basses, but this one just seems to have a very natural, gritty texture to the tone.
One thing I still need to work around is my fingerboard orientation. I'm used to factory fretlesses that have the side dots positioned where the fret would be - where I should place my finger. Since this was defretted, the dots are between the 'frets', making it difficult to visually know where to play in tune. The black filler on the neck doesn't help visibility either!
I played it in a new cover band rehearsal tonight and got compliments on my tone from the drummer (of all people!).
So are there any other proud owners of one of these rare basses? I'd love to see pics of my bass's brothers and sisters!
Oh yeah, here's mine: