What is this '95 Jazz bass worth?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by j@zz_b@ss, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. j@zz_b@ss

    j@zz_b@ss Digital Schmigital..... Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Southern NJ
    So I meet a sound guy and he mentions that he is selling this bass he has. Its a '95 Jazz 5 string that had the frets removed and the fretboard is pretty torn up visually but no deep grooves. Not sure if you can tell from pics but its a nice deep red clear stain body. He said he wanted $700 with the case..... Is it worth it?

  2. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    $700 is way too high considering what looks like a shoddy defret job. My guess is it's value would be based only on the body. Maybe $300? $400?
  3. Rocky McD

    Rocky McD

    Jun 28, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    Agreed, I think the neck is nearly worthless. Maple fretboards on a fretless is destined for disaster.
  4. Looks like an American Standard. Too bad they popped the frets. Looks like a beauty.
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  6. j@zz_b@ss

    j@zz_b@ss Digital Schmigital..... Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Southern NJ
    It's an American and the Fender site says its a '95. Did Standards come with the clear Red like that? The fingerboard is rosewood, pics aren't accurate because the varnish or whatever on the board is reflecting the light. So that is trashed and can't have the finish sanded or stripped off? Dam, really liked the body color...

  7. You think it's maple? I think they used pau ferro on some of those. Hard to tell, either way it looks like hell.
  8. Warmoth makes a 5 string neck. See if you can get the bass cheap and get a new neck. That body finish is a beauty.
  9. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA

    $700 is nuts.
  10. stonewall


    Jun 14, 2010
    $700 minus the replacement cost of a neck maybe.
  11. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    +1 looks like (what used to be fingerboard) made of pau ferro
  12. MIMike


    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    $700 wouldn't be a bad price if was all original. What's the going rate for a re-fret in your parts? I would deduct the cost of a (quality) re-fret + fretboard reconditioning and offer something close to that. Maybe $450ish (assuming you like the sound and feel of it).
  13. Remus_Redbone


    Dec 27, 2010
    Western AR
    Definitely not looking like maple grain between the "E" and "B". My bet is on pau ferro.

    It doesn't look beyond recovery for a fretless. I doubt it could be re-fretted the way those slots look, but some luthiers can work magic on filling slots.

    The easier task would be to clean out the slots and glue in maple veneer, work it down with a radius block and clearcoat with something hard as rock.

    I'd put the value closer to $400
  14. j@zz_b@ss

    j@zz_b@ss Digital Schmigital..... Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Southern NJ
    Great info, thanks guys!!
  15. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    I think $400-$500 tops is fair. The case is worth $50, the body $300 or so and the hardware from the neck $50. The neck itself about worthless.

    I would still buy it but for the less price and get a new neck.
  16. j@zz_b@ss

    j@zz_b@ss Digital Schmigital..... Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Southern NJ
    So I talked to the guy and decided to buy it at a lower price. I really like the body and I figure that I could get a used neck down the road and have a really nice 5 string. Worse comes to worse I could part it out and get my money back. But in the meantime, I'd like to make the neck as smooth as possible to try out the fretless world. How hard would it be to sand the remaining varnish off the neck? I talked to a tech at local music store and he said that he would sand it with a radius block. If anyone know whats the neck radius is, I could buy a block. I don't want to spend much money on this neck and I figure I probably can't make it worse. Any suggestions? Thanks all!!!
  17. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    It looks to me like somebody put a darker finish over the fingerboard, after they defretted it. Either that, or the applied finish has darkened where it's been played the most. Whatever the case, it wouldn't be that hard to remove, since none of it is actually down to the wood(that I can see). Don't sand on that thing...there's probably a liquified chemical of some kind that would easily remove that finish. Again...don't sand.

    They didn't pull any chunks of wood out when the pulled the frets, either. That neck isn't worthless at all.

    Fender put a lot of detail in those "new" American Standards(1995-1999ish..my favorite Fender era btw). I could see paying around six hundred for it, if everything does as it should. Had no idea they did five string Am. Stnds in those days.
  18. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
  19. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    Hint for hint...I remember who I said that in front of. Bring on Teri Bull. lol

    Oh well.
  20. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
  21. j@zz_b@ss

    j@zz_b@ss Digital Schmigital..... Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Southern NJ
    So I thought I would update... I taped of the neck and I was able to wipe away the finish with thinner. I applied some lemon oil after and it looks much, much better. There is a little bit of dark spots still showing where the finish had worn away but it's still a huge improvement. It plays pretty well but needs work because it buzzes from the low spots. I've since bought a Squier VM fretless (love it, great for fretless beginner) and now considering to either get replacement neck or re-fret the 5 string.