Bass body question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by b-bottom, Jul 6, 2013.


  1. b-bottom

    b-bottom Supporting Member

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    I came across a guy selling a few Jazz bass bodies for a really good price but I have no idea whether they are squire or Fender or where they were made.

    I couldn't find any markings anywhere. The only thing that I could really go off of was that the control cavity is connected to the hole where the neck pickup would go.
  2. Mossmatic

    Mossmatic Compulsive Modder

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    Are they solid Alder/Ash/Basswood? Or are they plywood? If they're solid wood with standard sized pickup routs and neck pocket, I'd go for it. How much is he asking?
  3. tabdog

    tabdog

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    If it were MIA or even MIM, the price would
    probably not be that low.

    My guess is that they are Squier or some
    other lower cost bass.

    Getting a nice alder body is probably the best
    you could expect.

    That ain't bad, if the price is right,

    Tabdog
  4. b-bottom

    b-bottom Supporting Member

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    I have absolutely no idea what kind of wood they are because they are factory painted except in the neck joint. And the color of the wood from what I could tell was pretty light.

    He's asking $50 per body. They have a few scratches on the backs though because they've been sitting on the floor for so long.

    The guy that I spoke to about the bodies didn't seem to know anything and the store owner won't be back until next week. So I'm thinking about taking another trip to the store if it's worth it.
  5. Mossmatic

    Mossmatic Compulsive Modder

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    I was mainly asking if it was solid or plywood (if you look at the walls of the neck pocket, you can tell if it's plywood. You'll see several layers of wood, as opposed to a solid piece). For 50 bucks, I wouldn't care so much what species of wood it is, as long as it's solid and it'll fit a standard neck.
  6. b-bottom

    b-bottom Supporting Member

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    It looked like it was all one piece and wasn't glued together
  7. Mickey Mao

    Mickey Mao

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    $50 sounds like a good deal for an alder, non-plywood body.

    I'd also check the neck pocket to make sure a standard fender neck will fit. Otherwise, it will be tricky to find a neck to go with it.

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