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Consecutive serial numbers: cool or not really?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dgt49ers, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. dgt49ers

    dgt49ers Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Hey, looking for opinions... I have two 60th anniversary Fender American Deluxe Jazz basses with consecutive serial numbers. I am the original owner of one and acquired the other by chance off of an online auction site. I need to sell some equipment, so wondering if I should try to sell these as a pair for collector value or just sell them individually. I thought it was cool when I found the second one, but maybe I'm strange that way. Let me know what you guys think.

    David
     

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  2. Dmwphoto

    Dmwphoto what does this light/\ do? Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2013
    Richmond va
    I can't imagine the odds of that happening (at least 1 in 6 million based on the SN

    to your question, not sure that would matter enough for someone to buy both
     
  3. Humbled

    Humbled Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2013
    East of the Sun
    I think consecutive serial numbers are very cool, but I'm kinda OCD like that.

    I don't know that it's adds to the value though, unless the guitars (or guns, or silver certificates, etc.) are considered fairly collectable on their own, however.
     
  4. RED J

    RED J Play what you want how you want & quit arggerin ! Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    Tennessee
    Cool, yes. Otherwise...?
     
  5. Grissle

    Grissle

    May 17, 2009
    Ya, no extra value unless they were a couple of '60s maybe. But still, what are the odds!
     
  6. P Town

    P Town Guest

    Dec 7, 2011
    If you hang on the these for 40, or 50 years, they may acquire some "collectors value".

    The combined value will be double the value of either one, (if the condition of them are the same).
     
  7. I think it's pretty cool, actually. But, I think I'd rather have consecutive serial #'s on a couple of '59 Les Pauls.........
     
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Fun for you, for most people "meh". just a curiosity.
     
  9. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I think that's pretty damn cool!
     
  10. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    If I were you I would play the lottery..hard.
     
  11. dStar

    dStar Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    I would hold on to those basses and play the lottery big time!
     
  12. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I would at least give it a shot selling them together. There are all kinds of people out there. And one just might be a bass player who goes crazy for these two and will pay you a little extra for them. If they don't sell together for a premium price you can always split them up and try again.

    I think it's pretty cool but wouldn't buy them because of the serial numbers.
     
  13. dgt49ers

    dgt49ers Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Thanks to all who replied. Looks like the consensus is to a) try to hold on to them for a few decades and b) play the lottery...

    Merry Christmas to all!
     
  14. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    Toronto
    The serial numbers don't work like that. IIRC the first letter is the factory, the second letter is the decade and the first digit is the year within that decade. So that serial # indicates they are 2006 models, with a number in the 36,000 range.


    Sort of brings up an interesting question... it looks like they made at least 36,000 instruments in 2006. Do the serials for basses count separately from guitars? Are they consecutive from one model to another, or would the numbers be grouped for certain models - ie: model #'s 10,000-15,000 are blocked off for Jazz basses, etc...

    Anyone have any insight into actual numbers of basses or guitars sold by Fender in a year?
     



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