late 60's - 70's Jazz Bass Neck Autheticity?

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  1. baconmpanada

    baconmpanada

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    I've been trying to verify the authenticity of this "vintage" jazz bass neck's authenticity. I haven't seen it personally but here are some quick facts by the seller.

    - there seems to be no visible marks at the heel to indicate it's year
    - serial number is not present in the neck plate, it's not marked with an F either
    - 4-bolt neck
    - Fender stamped tuners were replaced with gotoh type tuners in the 80's



    - The neck is maple with black bounded fretboard and block inlays.
    - trussrod adjustment is in the neck heel instead of bullet type.

    I compared it with a jazz bass i saw off ebay with similar neck featuers

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    My concerns:
    - the string guide doesn't seem to be the fender standard type
    - The jazz bass decal doesn't seem to end at the right place, i noticed that usually the last S of the word bass, would fall just beside the tuning peg hole(though it looks proportional)
    - the tuning peg hole seems smaller than usual

    hope that some forumers can shed some light
     
  2. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

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    I wouldn't touch this neck.
    The maple board/black-block necks have a walnut truss plug on the headstock. The neck in question does not have it.
    The sharp radius of the headstock shape by the E tuner is way too sharp. And the Jazz Bass part of the decal looks too small. And you also noticed the string tree is not a Fender tree.

    Look at the walnut truss plug here:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1973-Fender...4-/330829488545?pt=Guitar&hash=item4d06f961a1
     
  3. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

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    Run away quickly. Fakeroo
     
  4. thebrian

    thebrian The Brian abides. Gold Supporting Member

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    Caca knows his Fenders^^. The headstock shape is definitely wrong and no walnut plug.. although the early maple black block Fender Jazz necks ('68-71 or so) won't have the walnut plug because they are laminated maple boards (just like a rosewood board). In about '71, they started using one-piece maple necks and those will have the walnut skunk stripe on the back and the plug as Caca mentioned.

    That neck looks bogus.
     
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  6. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

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  7. baconmpanada

    baconmpanada

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    thanks Caca, FranF, thebrain and bikeplate for your inputs! Appreciate the help!
     
  8. thebrian

    thebrian The Brian abides. Gold Supporting Member

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    Well.. this one time.. at band camp..
    I always read "Caca" as casa for some reason, sorry man.
     

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