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1965 1966 jazz basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Flaked Beans, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    i went to the new sam ash at the 34th street this afternoon and look what was hanging on the wall:
    would you pay $12,5k for one of them? just a few days ago i played a beautiful 100% original (but recently refreted)1966 sunburst j in very good condition and my friend paid only 4600 bucks for it...

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  2. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    here is the other one:

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  3. matti777


    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    If I had $12k to spend on one I might do it but I don't right now. :) Its my understanding that a pre CBS jazz in mint original condition (if there is such a thing for a 47 year old bass) would be in that price range. A refin would be half the price and if components have been changed, even less. Is a 66 pre-CBS?
  4. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    nope. '66 is not pre cbs.. 1964 is pre cbs for sure :)
  5. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    but i loved the red one with the matched headstock.. woow..
  6. tkozal


    Feb 16, 2006
    New York City
    They are no longer across the street from Rudy's. He usually has even pricier vintage stuff. Like $25000 custom color P's
  7. Johnny DeVille

    Johnny DeVille

    Feb 18, 2012
    only if my retirement was fully funded, I had the $, I wanted it real bad, played better than I do, AND IT SPOKE TO ME when I played it.

    The red one is cool but I am partial to blondes with tort
  8. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    The 66 Jazz basses are (or were) undervalued IMO. They are essentially pre-CBS Fenders with oval tuners. And really great necks.
    $12,500 is pretty damn far from undervalued, though.
  9. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    If $12.5K was chump change to me I might, but only if it would fit in one of the many Lamborghinis in my vast collection.
  10. James L

    James L

    Jul 24, 2011
    Let me reach rock star status. Then it'll be worth it...
  11. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Yes, they moved to 34th street yesterday and the new shop looks better to me. Rudy's shop is still on 48th st.

    i think so, those basses are 100% original and in excellent condition.

  12. Todd Grendon

    Todd Grendon

    Mar 18, 2012
    $4,600 for an original '66 J bass in good shape is a steal if it is truly a "player" and rarely found for that price. Did it have dots, early '66, or bars on the fret board, later '66, Was there molding on neck? The quality of these basses really vary and many are not actually original.
  13. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    Orange Park, Florida
    A 66 Jazz is not the same as a Pre CBS with oval tuners! Many of the '65's are, but by '66 CBS had already implemented many of the changes that brought down the quailty of the earlier instruments. There were MANY neck problems with the '66 and lower quality components used in pickup construction. Not to say there aren't some good playing '66's, but I have yet to play one of the caliber of a good preCBS. 12k is too much for a '66 when you can find real preCBS instruments for that much or less.
  14. Todd Grendon

    Todd Grendon

    Mar 18, 2012
    Well said Low Class. There are still a few great '66s out there but Pre-CBS basses are generally much better.
  15. tdizzle


    Aug 3, 2009
    Detroit, MI
    Funny how the price of the bass to the right of the white one is the same, but with the decimal in a different location.
  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    $4,600 is a very fair to high price for a 66 Jazz in today's market. 66 isn't pre-CBS. If it was a pre-CBS that would be a good price. It would still fetch under $10,000.

    This 66 in question is grossly overpriced. Almost to an insulting level. Which is why somebody will buy it, the super rich like to buy stuff that is obscenely expensive and the average joe cannot buy. Ask anybody in any kind of high end retail, this logic applies.
  17. Arnie


    May 14, 2005
    Kingston, NY
    Funny I should see this post... I saw these basses on the wall recently and one of the sales guys said (of course his opinion) " the reason these are so pristine is because they weren't that playable".

    I suppose could be a bit of truth to it, unless the people had the foresight to expect these to appreciate in value 50 years later!
  18. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    In the 30+ years I have been building, repairing, and restoring instruments, I have never found much of a quality variance between early CBS Fender and Leo era Fender. CBS just introduced more assembly line ethic to Fender. The mystique of "original" Fender is what really adds value, not some huge quality difference. I have never understood that point of view, the workers building the instruments didn't just up and leave when Leo sold out.
  19. Bone


    Oct 28, 2006
    Rumble Seat Music has a 65 w/dots in oly white for $6500. Gregs Guitars has a CAR w/matching HS and blocks for $5300. My question would be would you rather spend your $12000 on 1 pristine bass to hang in its climate controlled case of buy 2 players? The answer is simple for me.

    I don't have $12000.
  20. Arnie


    May 14, 2005
    Kingston, NY
    They moved?? All stores on that street? I think they practically owned the street with stores.. what 3 or 4 wasn't it?