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How original is my 70's Fender jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Darko74, Mar 25, 2014.


  1. Darko74

    Darko74

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    just bought this bass from a shop here in Ireland.wondering how original all the parts are? I checked the pots already and there 1973. The back neck plate comes up 73/74. There seems to be some pieces of wood put in to help neck fit. anyways just wondering what you guys think. thx
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  2. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Supporting Member

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    Folks with more expertise than I will jump in, but I had a '77 for years - this looks pretty legit/stock (complete with the awful neck-pocket gap & icky neck binding!)
     
  3. Darko74

    Darko74

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    Thanks, just put up a few more pics.
     
  4. Lownote38

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    The only thing I see right off the bat is that the foam under the pick ups isn't original (it's making the pick up sit crooked at the bridge). In fact, looking at the pictures again, the neck pick up cavity has been routed. It's too big under the pickguard.
    It could be that the body isn't original as even during the CBS years, a neck would fit the body more correctly without the added wood. Then again, it could have been modified for another neck at some point and then wood was put back in to put the original neck back on. The bridge is right, though. It has the extended G string saddle screw. The pickguard is correct, but looks a little too new compared to the wear on the body.
     
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  6. Darko74

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    yeah im not convinced about the body now. :(
    the wear seems a bit reliced. Bodys a bit shiney looking too. werent these finished with nitrocellulose lacquer?

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  7. narud

    narud Supporting Member

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    the body is fine and original. the sealer coat on 70's fenders is super thick. its not uncommon for the color coat to wear like that.
     
  8. DanBass81

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    Fender switched from nitro to poly sometime in the late 60s, early 70's I think, so this should have a poly finish.

    What shop did you buy it from?
     
  9. Darko74

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    Ah cool thx. Must say the bass plays and sounds amazing. :bassist:
     
  10. Darko74

    Darko74

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    Music Maker. They told me it was all original. But just wanted to check
     
  11. DanBass81

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    The lads in MM are usually pretty good. I didn't know they were selling vintage instruments now though.

    It's a sweet looking bass. Enjoy!
     
  12. Darko74

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    Someone traded it in for studio gear. It sounds great :)
     
  13. Darko74

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  14. meatwad

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    Looks great to me. I'm puzzled by the bass-side of the neck pocket.. It looks like someone shimmed it up to fill in a sloppy joint?
     
  15. Darko74

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    Yeah, I thought that waS strange too
     
  16. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    The bass is legit. This is a perfect example of just how sloppy a 70's Fender neck pocket can be. We wouldn't even expect this in a $100 Squire these days but back then this is what was served up. I know this because I was there selling them back then.
     

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