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Odd vintage Fretless Fender for sale - what is this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AlexanderB, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
  2. Hmm

    Could be a Fender Jazz body but I'm not familiar with it. I dare say you can get flame maple tops for your jazz if you order it! However, the neck is a de-fretted Precision neck, which has a wider nut width. You can see it's de-fretted as the position markers are where they would be for a fretted bass.

    £1500 is quite a lot for such a bastard bass IMHO.

    Not sure how they have come to that figure. Have you played it?

  3. f.c.geil

    f.c.geil Supporting Member

    May 12, 2011
    Unless it plays great and sounds better, run away. Looks like a de-fretted Precision neck on a custom body with aftermarket electronics. Were it mine, I wouldn't even call it a Fender at this point, it's just a custom bass...
  4. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
    Thanks, Davo-London! :)
    Yeah, I see the (seemingly) obvious stuff, but I am curious if this is a "hack job", some limited run or an actual "White elephant" (where a TB expert can tell us only eleven were made for the NAMM in 1983, and Mo Foster was given one of them as a gift...) :D

    The price seems quite steep, and no, I have not played it.
    If it was half the price, I would be interested.
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  6. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
    Thanks, tekdiver!
    Yeah, pretty much what I thought...
  7. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    I think there may have been some Jazz bodies made like that in small numbers (not to say this is one of them, but they've done something similar). Definitely not the neck it left the factory with.
  8. makaspar

    makaspar Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Is it a Victor Bailey body?

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