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FS/FT: 1991 Jackson Futura XL (MIJ)

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by narwhale, Nov 12, 2012.


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  1. narwhale

    narwhale Supporting Member

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    I've owned this bass for a couple of months, but it turns out I just can't bond with the sound. I may just be too traditional, and it seems that any benefits of active electronics or even a bridge pickup are lost on me (I traded my Tribute L-2000 for the same reason). So my loss can be your gain!

    Judging by the amount of info I could find online, these are pretty rare. There hasn't been one for sale on TB in 2 years. Here's what I know:

    - Made in Japan in 1991. It must be one of the earliest ones, as apparently they didn't show up in catalogs until 92.
    - Very high quality neck-through construction with ebony fretboard. Playing this bass is like driving a luxury car. Low action. Currently strung with D'addario Chromes. It's probably one of the best basses I've played.
    - The serial number ends with a W , which indicates a wide neck. It's still very comfortable to me and doesn't seem too big, but it's closer to a P than a J so keep that in mind.
    - Jackson P/J PUs with active bass & treble controls, blend knob, and volume. Very versatile.
    - I'd say it's in very good condition. There is one spot near the jack where it looks like the previous owner ran into something (I never saw it until I was taking pictures), but other than that it's in amazing condition for a 20 year old bass.
    - Will ship in a well-padded Fender gigbag.


    As far as trade ideas go, I'm really more interested in guitars right now. By approximate interest level, here are some ideas:

    - Japanese Les Paul/Gibson styles (Tokai, Greco, Epiphone Elite, etc) or cheaper Gibsons.
    - Fenders (MIJ, MIA, Jazzmasters, Jags, maybe a Strat?)
    - Other cool classic/vintagey stuff (ala Gretsch, Rickenbacker, strange non-pointy things)
    - As far as basses, if you have an MIJ Precision (50s, 60s, etc) or something else vintagey let me know.
    - Feel free to send me an offer even if you have something not listed above. The worst I can say is no.

    Cash going either way will be fine for the right deal.

    As far as selling, I'd like to see $500 PP/ shipped.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see better pictures. I'd be happy to give you any details (I don't like surprises, and I bet you don't either!).

    Link to some pictures. Please message me if you would like to see more.
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  2. narwhale

    narwhale Supporting Member

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    Price drop! All PMs responded to, and this is still available.
  3. amimbari

    amimbari

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    I have been collecting Jacksons for 20 years, never heard of a W in the serial. it should be J1_ _ _ _ _ << the last digit cant be a W.

    from the one pic in your album it looks like J10071(something)but the string is covering the last digit.

    although all jap units are similar, here's my 1994 Futura serial.

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  4. narwhale

    narwhale Supporting Member

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    Interesting. There's definitely a W, but I think it's apart from the serial number (closer to the G string). I'll take a better picture of it. It must be pretty rare if you've never seen it before! Thanks for the info.
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  6. amimbari

    amimbari

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    please do take a pic close up, if there is such a thing out there I would be very interested in showing that to some more Jackson fans I hang out with on the various forums.

    The W if that is what it really is cannot mean "wide neck" - there was no such thing. Chances are it was a stamp error and the digit is just distorted or some numbnutz was drunk who was stamping the FB with the digits as they would not have had a stamp with a W on it laying around just to press into a neck randomly. Although the futura is what the Winger came from, W does not mean Winger either...lol

    Good luck selling your XL. My Futura in the same color, but in lefty. ( one of the only ones I have ever seen )
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  7. narwhale

    narwhale Supporting Member

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    This one is traded, but here's a pic for amimbari. Hopefully he won't tell me that this makes the bass 5 times as valuable :p
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