SOLD 1974 Fender Jazz, sunburst/maple, black blocks, 4-bolt ALL ORIGINAL

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by ad9000, Jul 19, 2013.

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  1. ad9000

    ad9000 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2004
    Leucadia, CA
    Very nice example of a Jazz from this era, with no replacement parts, routing or mods whatsoever. Overall, it has much less wear than normal for an instrument about to turn 40 years old. As seen in the photos, the original chrome pickup covers and thumbrest are included. It has the original hardshell case, with latches and handle intact and functional. This bass has the 4-bolt neck attachment, a superior arrangement to the more unstable 3-bolt necks that began to appear later in '74.

    Serial # is 503XXX, which puts the bass within the known range of '73 - '74 Fenders, and the pot code (as shown in one of the photos) translates as the 5th week of 1974. The stamps on the neck heel (as seen in photo) are "X.Armenta" and "Frank Y." Neck width at the nut is 1.45". It doesn't look like the nut has ever been messed with at all.

    The bass sounds great, with no scratchiness in the pots or any other anomalies. I'd describe it as being on throaty and aggressive side, as opposed to the mellower sound of the earlier J's. The slap sound is very reminiscent of Larry Graham's tone on the first couple of GCS albums. It is a pleasure to play, and the weight (9 lbs. exactly on my postal scale) and balance are just about perfect, for this user at least.

    The frets are original, however I believe they are nearing the end of their useful life span. I don't think there is enough height left on them for another crowning. The good news is that the bass plays pretty well as it is, with only a bit of buzz from the 15th fret up. Strings at the moment are .40 - .100 GHS Contact Core Super Steels, set up with medium low action.

    The truss rod is functioning, though I had to tighten it to maintain the neck's present state, which is for the most part straight with a couple of very minor peaks and valleys - all fairly typical for a mid- '70's Jazz.

    I'm asking $2850 shipped within the CONUS. I'm not interested in any trades at the moment. I usually ship via FedEx Ground insured, but I can use another carrier if desired. Local pickup or meeting in SoCal are ok of course (I'm in S. Orange County). Any questions are welcome, and here are the photos:

    Complete album: JAZZ BASS PHOTOS

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  2. Corevalay

    Corevalay Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    New Jersey
    I hate you for posting this. I hate myself for not having an extra $2850 lying around! :)
  3. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Looks just like the bass that Family Man Barrett of The Wailers uses.
  4. ad9000

    ad9000 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2004
    Leucadia, CA
    Sorry, bro.
  5. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Outstanding. Seems like a more than fair price for the condition it's in. Good luck!
  6. Wayfarer


    Apr 24, 2010
    Little Rock
    The natural wear is beautiful! I love everything about this bass... If for some odd reason this bass is still available in 4 months, I'm your buyer.

    Best of luck!
  7. Feezelbum


    Feb 6, 2013
    San Diego
    Bump for an incredibly stunning bass. If only......

  8. DJJazzV

    DJJazzV "There's nuthin wrong with this brain!" Supporting Member

    May 17, 2007
    New Jersey
  9. dostavkausa

    dostavkausa Snowflake, AZ

    Nov 8, 2009
    Hi I am interested in this bass would like to make an offer
    PM sent
  10. ad9000

    ad9000 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2004
    Leucadia, CA
  11. p0k

    p0k I play the bass and design things.

    Feb 6, 2007
    Brockton, MA
    love my 74 jazz...looks just like this but rosewood board. wish i could grab this!
  12. ad9000

    ad9000 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2004
    Leucadia, CA
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