Long-time lurker, first-time poster:
I just bought this Electra 2271 Long Necker J-Bass type:
I think it's highly likely that it's been refinished - probably was a sunburst originally, and refinished to vintage white. Also, almost 100% sure it has a non-original pickguard - which, as you can see from the photo - doesn't quite fit flush with the neck. It's unlike any pickguard I've seen - it's an opaque dark red... no sparkles, no tort, just red plastic. Otherwise, bass seems to be pretty original, but missing it's front cover.
The neck is straight as an arrow and has just marginal wear - broken in... frets are in fairly good shape... electronics are a bit scratchy. Tuners are functioning and it holds tune pretty well.
Heavy, by my standards - north of 10 lbs on the bathroom scale, but probably about average for early 70s Jazz basses. Definitely sounds like a "meaner jazz" - not as refined as some I've heard, but not too much mud/growl either.
Of course, as this bass is brand new to me, I'm quite curious and have all sorts of questions:
First of all - from my research, I've deduced that this is an early Matsumoku-made Electra Long Necker... It's got the early script logo on the headstock. Does this make it more desirable or less desirable?
The pickups on these... they look like Gibson Firebird guitar pickups. Are they mini-buckers or larger single coils? I'm not able to take the thing a part, as the pickup screws are pretty stripped - and I have a habit of making things worse when I explore too much. Just curious. They sound decent to me so far - but I've noticed that they are extremely sensitive... picking up almost any noise (adjusting the guitar strap for example). I'll probably leave them in as is, unless there's a great reason to swap them out for something else... but I'd rather not route the guitar.
Electronics - decent, or should I upgrade here? I noticed these are scratchy, but probably more of a function of needing some contact cleaner.
Finally, the bridge - seems to be average top-loader style. Usually, I'm inclined to swap out for something better - but then again, if it's not that big of an issue, I'll probably leave it alone.
Any other words of wisdom on these?
Thanks! This is actually my second Electra. I had a "Maple Pro" ES-335 copy that was a gorgeous, amazing instrument. Have no idea why I traded it a few years ago.