You don’t see many like this!! - Fender 1965 Jazz Bass (left-handed)

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  1. LeftyMikel

    LeftyMikel Gold Supporting Member

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    Finding lefty vintage instruments can be extremely difficult if not impossible. And then finding one in pristine condition as well is a pretty rare event! I was quite fortunate to come across this time machine for sale and to be able to pick it up.
    The bass is in 100% original condition with the case, pickup covers, hang tag, strap, cord, and polishing cloth. The dealer said it was the finest he had dealt with in 30 years. He said he purchased it from the son of the original owner.
    So far I’ve only found a couple minor flaws on the whole bass. It has a small hole that punctured the paint on the back of the lower horn. Also, a little bit of the decal on the headstock is worn off where the patent #’s are listed. You can see both of these blemishes in the posted pictures. That’s pretty much it!! The bass looks about as new as a nearly 50 year old instrument could look. It really seems that this bass wasn’t played much (if at all). There is zero wear on the back of the neck and the frets don’t appear to be worn either!! The instrument jack has tight contact pressure when you plug the cord in or out, just like a new instrument. The pickups and controls all work fine. The tuners were a bit tight but otherwise worked as they should. The bass weighs 9 lbs with the covers on.
    You will notice what looks to be a small wood plug filled in right below the ‘E’ tuning peg which can be seen on the front and back of the headstock. I thought this must be a repair of some kind. Then I looked at a picture of a Lefty 1960 Precision Bass that has the exact same plug in the exact same position on the headstock. I’m thinking this must be a result of some difference in left handed construction methods. I haven’t found an explanation for why this is so. Maybe someone on TB would know why this is the case on vintage lefty basses.
    Anyway, as you can imagine I am thrilled to have this instrument. I never thought I would own something like this. I look at these old instruments as pieces of art as well as tools for music. It is a piece of art but it will definitely be played. I can guarantee that it won’t just stay in the case.

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  2. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

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    And we have a winner...

    all categories..

    spectacular!!
     
  3. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

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    That is the most amazing thing I have seen today!
    Thanks so much for posting and congrats on an impossible find.
     
  4. jamminology101

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    Thats astounding. ..the condition of it. It looks like a brand new reissue!!! To be a lefty as well. I am flabbergasted!!;
     
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  6. rockinrayduke

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    You see that little plug on G&L basses too. What a beautiful find.
     
  7. gbrooding

    gbrooding Supporting Member

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    What is the purpose of that plug? Was it a hole used to hang the neck that was later filled? Oh, and by the way, it looks like your bass has only been out of the case a handful of times!! It looks perfect!
     
  8. Templar

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    Spectacular find.

    Congrats.
     
  9. MVE

    MVE

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    WOW!!!

    From the looks of the condition, we must surmise that the original owner of 45 years must have been right handed. lol.
     
  10. Basshappi

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    HOLY MOTHER OF MOGWAI!! :eek::eek:

    Just


    WOW!!

    Am I filled with envy? Why yes I am! :D
    Congratulations on a spectacular find.
     
  11. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

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    I feel like we've just stepped back in time to 1965! Incredible find.
    Anymore back story? Looks like it was never played. Big congrats to you!
     
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  14. huey66

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    Congratulations! That is amazing.
     
  15. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    It's a fake, there were no left-handed people back then, they were forced to use right-handed instrument.


    I kid, that is beautiful ( tears of joy :crying: )
     
  16. dvlmusic

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    Man alive - that is absolutely spectacular. Good on you, sir - what a beauty!
     
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    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

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  19. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I don't know if I will ever see a better find than that Jazz.
     
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  21. DenverKen

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    Gonna be hard for anyone to top that find. A dream come true, I would imagine.

    Somewhere there is a little old lady with a tweed case under her bed which contains a 1960 Jazz in factory condition which her late husband bought and never mastered. That's my fantasy - finding her and talking her out of that bass!
     

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