SOLD 1973 Fender Jazz Bass - Original Gem

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Nate74, Apr 16, 2012.

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  1. Nate74


    Mar 3, 2007
    This is a 1973 Fender Jazz Bass that I got about 10 years ago from a vintage dealer in Florida. It had Dimarzio pickups in it but everything else was original. I later found a set of ’73 pickups on ebay and installed them. One lead wire appears to be new on the bridge pickup.

    It was sold as having “slight water damage to the headstock.” Judging by the location of the water damage, it might have been stored upside down and ended up sitting in a few inches of water for a while. As you can see, the damage is only to the finish in the form of some cracking and raised sections. There is some discoloration and some spotting as well. Also the logo isn't as crisp as it would be otherwise. There are no structural issues at all. Also the G tuner has some pitting. I don’t know if it was hurricane related but I’ve always called this bass Isabel, after the big hurricane that hit Florida around the time I bought this bass.

    I’ve gigged with it a few times but it’s mostly just been a closet queen. I need to sell off some equipment to cover some unforeseen expenses so have to part with this cool old bass.

    Here’s a breakdown of all the parts:

    Body – original Mocha “root beer” finish, no extra holes, but has your typical dings and wear

    Neck – Maple with black blocks. Frets are original and in good shape. Trussrod works and the instrument has been setup and plays well. No dead spots with GHS Boomers on it. The headstock finish has water damage in the form of some cracking and some dark spots

    Pickups – original with ’73 date codes, one replaced lead

    Pots – original with early ’73 date codes

    Pickguard – thumb rest/pull bar on the G side. Guard is original

    Neckplate – original, SN: 389XXX w/plate gasket thingy

    Grounding plates – there and original

    Tuners – original, with some pitting on the G string tuner

    Bridge – original

    Control plate – original

    Knobs – original

    Input Jack – original

    Capacitor – original

    Bridge and Pickup Covers – Missing

    HSC – Original Fender with tail logo, orange liner. In OK shape. I'm guessing not original to this bass since there's no water damage apparent on the case. Handle is splitting a bit but latches work.

    Weighs just under 9.5lbs.

    See the "highlight" pics below.

    20 Detailed Photos can be emailed upon request! PM Me.

    I know I could sell the parts for more than my asking price, but I have a problem with taking apart an all original instrument, especially one that plays and sounds as good as this one. Asking $2250 shipped to lower 48.

    PM me with any questions.

    Also, I have about about 35 detailed photos I can email to interested buyers.

    I’d be happy to talk on the phone with any and all serious buyers as well.





  2. shrigg

    shrigg Joy Decision Bassist/BL, AudioKinesis Beta Tester Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Traverse City, MI
  3. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician

    Oct 15, 2002
    Yorktown, VA
    Great color!
  4. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Bump for the cool bass... and very informative post.
  5. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Man! What's with all the good deals on mocha brown vintage Fenders lately!?
  6. Nate74


    Mar 3, 2007
    Mocha is the new black bump.
  7. p0k

    p0k I play the bass and design things.

    Feb 6, 2007
    Brockton, MA
    Really wish my 74 jazz was this color :)
  8. Hans Gruber

    Hans Gruber

    Jun 18, 2003
    I missed your 74. And now this. I have a sale in the works, so let's see...
  9. playzabass


    Sep 14, 2008
    Los Angeles
  10. marcos_epm


    Dec 27, 2011
    Bump for a great bass. Got your pics, Nate. Thanks.
    I just feel it's to much for me right now.
  11. Nate74


    Mar 3, 2007
    Fair enough Marcos. Cheers!
  12. Nate74


    Mar 3, 2007
    A lot of folks kicking tires but still available...
  13. svt1233


    Jan 15, 2012
    so this water damage has no affect on play-ability? what about warping in the headstock?
  14. Nate74


    Mar 3, 2007
    ZERO effect on playability. I've gigged it enough to know it plays and sounds great. I have it in my hands right now and see no warpage in any axis (lengthwise or crosswise). The damage really does appear only be to the finish.

    On the suggestion of another TB'r, I removed one of the tuners to see if there was rust stains around the screw holes that might indicated prolonged underwater exposure and there is none. Don't know how accurate this assessment method is but in his eyes it was a good thing.

    Thanks for the interest and questions.
  15. Nate74


    Mar 3, 2007
    T Minus 7 Days 'till eBay

    KUETSUM Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Hong Kong
  17. Nate74


    Mar 3, 2007
    T Minus 6 Days 'till eBay

    PMs responded to. BTW, the price is based on what I could reasonably part it out for.
  18. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Inactive

    Jan 20, 2011
    Oh F word.
    Do not part this out. Please. Keep it together.
  19. Nate74


    Mar 3, 2007
    I know I know I know... but selling it for less than what somebody could part it out for is inviting some scoundrel to buy it and do exactly what I don't want to do...

    BTW - t minus 5 days 'till ebay.
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