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Mid to late 70s Jazz basses and block inlays

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FourBanger, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. FourBanger

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    Were block inlays standard on a Fender Jazz in the era when blackguards were also used? All the pics I find of mid- to late-seventies Jazzes have blocks, were there any with dots then?

    I have a fetish for late 70s Precisions and Musicmasters (Strats, too) et al with black pickguards but also a severe aversion to black blocks (though white ones are acceptable on maple on occasion).
  2. thebrian

    thebrian Still can't think of anything good to put here. Supporting Member

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    The jazz got blocks in mid '66 and that continued through the '70s and into the early '80s. Black pickguards on jazzes started in '73 and black was the only pickguard color available after '76 through to the end of the '70s. So the '73-80 range is what you're looking for.
  3. shrimpflea

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    Yes, but there was some overlap...the block inlays appeared in late 1966 and lasted until about 1982. The black guards started appearing around 73-74 and lasted until 80-81. So there were some J-Basses with white guards and block inlays, mostly custom colors.
  4. FourBanger

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    I was hoping there would've been late 70s Jazzes without blocks whatsoever, just dots.

    No, huh? Well okie dokie.
  5. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Sponsored by Jagermeister Supporting Member

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    After the blocks were being phased out around '81, they started putting dots with binding during this short '81/'82 period.
    People mistakenly think these basses are '78's because Fender was still using up S8 serial decals on these necks.
    So you can find 1982 Jazzes with dots and binding that overall look like the late 70's basses.
  6. Mr.Fingers

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  7. FourBanger

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    Thanks gents.

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