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

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LeftyMikel, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. LeftyMikel


    Feb 9, 2014
    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

    And we have a winner...

    all categories..

  3. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    That is the most amazing thing I have seen today!
    Thanks so much for posting and congrats on an impossible find.
  4. jamminology101


    Aug 22, 2012
    Indianapolis In
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    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. You see that little plug on G&L basses too. What a beautiful find.
  7. gbrooding

    gbrooding Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2011
    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

    Templar Supporting Member

    Spectacular find.

  9. MVE


    Aug 8, 2010

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


    Feb 12, 2007
    HOLY MOTHER OF MOGWAI!! :eek::eek:



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

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Way Out West
    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!
  12. lpcarter

    lpcarter Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
  13. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
  14. huey66


    May 15, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    Congratulations! That is amazing.
  15. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

    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

    dvlmusic Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    Man alive - that is absolutely spectacular. Good on you, sir - what a beauty!
  17. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
  18. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
  19. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I don't know if I will ever see a better find than that Jazz.
  20. nutdog

    nutdog Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    In the dog house.
  21. DenverKen


    Dec 20, 2001
    Mile High City
    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!