Played an AVRI '74 Jazz Bass today...(Review)
I'll get right to the point:
Nice, yes. $2400, no.
I would say it weighed 9 pounds. It sounded fantastic with both pickups on, but the bridge solo'd was a little thin. I didn't solo the neck pickup (I would rather just grab a P). Neck was thick and beefy, but not EXACTLY like a 70s bass. Can't put my finger on the difference, but there is a difference. Somehow, it was just a little more round.
I can't say there is much difference from the latest '75 RI I played, other than the '74 RI is more period correct in its appointments (logo, thumb rest, etc). The only thing I could spot were the tuners, which are the kind that came out in '76. Odd, because the Jaguar Bass has the correct 66-75 tuners (although they don't say Fender on them).
Pole pieces are still raised out of the cover (not period correct). I don't care for that because, A: they chew up my fingers, and B: with low action the strings can hit the poles. The action on this one was medium high (just like the latest '75 RI I played).
It had a "1 of 46" stamped neck plate, so this was one of the first 46 to hit stores.
At that price point, I guess the player would have to decide whether or not it is worth it. If I had that kind of dough to spend on a bass, I would look for a real 1974 model. It is not out of the question that you can get one for $2400.