1960 Fender Jazz Bass for my 40th - nomination for world's best bassist's wife award

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass Guitar, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Hi fellow bassists

    I recently celebrated my 40th birthday. My wife knew that I have always had GAS for an original 1960 Fender Jazz Bass, you know, the one with stack knobs, that we all have dreams about.

    Well, guess what. She organised for all my family and friends to chip in, and she got me one.


    It's a 1960 Fender Jazz Bass. I've got Gruhn and dealer valuation letters, with details of the bass. The bass appears to be in all original condition except for the finish. The body was refinished using nitrocellulose lacquer. The neck was previously professionally refinished. All of the electronics are original, pickups, pots, tone caps and wiring. Pickups feature original windings and leads. All hardware is original including bridge, neck plate, control plate, knobs, strap buttons, tuners, pickup shielding, etc. Frets appear to be original with little wear. The serial number on the bass is 56XXX, and the neck date is 11-60. The bass features its original Stackpole pots with code 304 6036 or 36th week of 1960. The original tone caps and resistors are in place. The bass came in it's original, brown tolex, gold lined case. It sounds awesome and plays like butter.

    Amazingly, this was my birthday cake - custom made for me, based on a photo of the Jazz Bass!


    Needless to say, I had a great birthday!

    So... does my wife win the best bassist wife of the year or what? :D
  2. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    How about wife of the decade?
  3. Congrats buddy! I would say that's one heck of a birthday.
  4. BruceBass3901


    Oct 17, 2009
    Wickham, UK
    Congratulations and many happy returns!

    Seems like you have a very special present there and an even more special wife.

    The bass is gorgeous and to have all of the case candy and original parts is a real bonus. Glad to hear that it plays as good as it looks :)
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  6. BruceBass3901


    Oct 17, 2009
    Wickham, UK
    And that cake looks rather lush too!
  7. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Wow dude, that's a nice cake! :p Congrats on the Mrs, and the bass :)
  8. KeddyLee


    Nov 12, 2013
    You should marry that woman... wait... yeah, she's great!

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    Speechless! Congrats and play it well!
  10. Bhazulle


    Dec 3, 2013
    Ferron, Utah
    That is one pretty, pretty bass man. Condolences on your 40th. Though that bass will probably take you back to your 20s again when you play it. Good on ya!
  11. fcoda


    Jan 23, 2002
    Happy solar return .......beautiful bass ...great wife
  12. stratovarius


    Mar 20, 2010
    "Hey honey, come here and look at this. See what other wives do for their husbands?" :(
  13. Jwood

    Jwood Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Richmond, Va
    Dude, you have a very kick ass wife!
  14. zacmac


    Dec 10, 2012
    That's awesome! I guess she knows that there's nothing like old wood!
  15. thisSNsucks


    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Awesome, I say she's a lock to win best bassists wife award 2013.
  16. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Tremendous. Can’t wait to see what she does for your 50th!
  17. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA

    That's what I was thinking. :D

    Congrats! And Happy Birthday!
  18. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Congrats! Looks like they are both keepers!
  19. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    That's about the nicest thing I've ever heard of. Probably the nicest bass, too. I am amazed by this! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! And did I say, Wow? Wow!
  20. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
    Sounds like a very special lady. Congratulations!
  21. Treadstone71

    Treadstone71 Supporting Member

    To OP: That's a beautiful jazz man, congrats! I'm curious though, does your wife play too? How did she know how to source a vintage axe?

    My partner is wonderful too, but she doesn't play and I don't know if she would know how to source something, or know what to look for...