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1974 Jazz bass w/ J-Retro

Discussion in '[OLD FORUM] Bass Guitars, Amps, and Accessories: F' started by Pacman, Mar 1, 2003.


  1. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    1974 Jazz bass
    maple fingerboard with pearloid block inlays
    Aero pickups
    J-Retro Preamp

    Bass is a player, condition is not mint. But the neck is straight, frets are good and the bass has "it". Seriously good sounding and playing bass.

    So why am I selling? Well, when the second upright came home, Mama found her limit. Give a good home to this great sounding, great playing bass.

    $1000 plus shipping.
     
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    My camera sucks, but here are a few pics anyway.
    The body:[​IMG]
     
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    The whole bass:[​IMG]
     
  4. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    And the back....[​IMG]
     
  5. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
    Canada.
    JOWZA !

    What's "not mint" about it pls? Does it come with a case? Is that control plate black or just looks like it?

    Thanks.
     
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    No case, although I will pack it in a padded bag, and pad the box to the extreme.

    Black control plate, black knobs on the JRetro.
     
  7. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    bump
     
  8. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
    Canada.
    Pacman,

    If you don't mind I'll keep posting questions here since it might enlighten anyone else considering this bass.

    Normal wear and tear is OK by me. Character, mojo, and all that. Those black marks on the neck front & back .. what are those and what causes it?

    Safe to say you don't have the original pickups and electronics? Is everything else '74?



    Thanks.
     
  9. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Smash, the darker marks on the neck are where the laquer has chipped over the years, and the wood beneath has discolored.

    The body, neck and neck plate are 74, and I have the 74 bridge. The bridge on it is a Gotoh. I'll include both. I do not have the original electronics - I've had this bass a little less than a year. Serial number on the neck plate checks out.
     
  10. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
    Canada.
    One last question I think ... how do those chips in the laquer feel? Are they smoothed over or do they distract you or catch your hand/fingers/strings at all.

    Thanks again.
     
  11. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I don't notice them, Smash. There's one on the E string side of the back of the neck, right at the 7th fret that you can feel, but my thumb doesn't come around to that side of the neck, so I don't feel them.
     
  12. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    OMG!!!:eek:

    that is the color i want and everything!!!

    do you want anything in trade?
    anything guitar related?

    steve
     
  13. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    No trades, this has to help finance the new upright I just bought.

    so sorry.
     
  14. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
    Canada.
    Whoops, I thought wrong.

    More Qs :


    - can you post pics to show the view around the neck pocket? aka - is there anything truly wrong with the bass?

    - it's been repainted, yes? Is the scratchplate original?


    Thanks again Pacman. I'm quite interested, and what the heck ... bump.
     
  15. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    No problem, Smash, I understand. Though you ask questions I never would have thought to ask! (To be fair, I got to try the bass out before I traded for it.)

    Here's the pic that shows the gap on the E string side - it looks big, but I'd never noticed it before you asked for a pic of it.[​IMG]
     
  16. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    View of the other side of the neck pocket[​IMG]
     
  17. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Oh yeah, Smash the pickguard is original (as far as I can tell). I don't think it's been repainted as the finish seems pretty old.
     
  18. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
    Canada.
    Thanks much. While I've never seen the great variances in Fender quality control (pre, during, or post CBS) that some people claim, I have seen many neck pockets cut by the fellow who veers off to the side like that. Selah.

    OK. I will meditate on this a day or two.

    In the meantime, more closeups of the neck/inlays/etc. would be much appreciated, also by anyone else considering this bass. Some might prefer to pay more for "mint", but I prefer that it has "character" and wouldn't need to be pampered. If I wanted a collector's item I'd shell the top dollar for a first-year mint J and stick it in a safe. To me this doze looks damn swank. Also I believe I can trust your experienced assessment ergo cosmetics are not of great consequence beyond full disclosure.
     
  19. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Hey Smash, cool I understand.

    Also, I believe I've got the original electronics, and will include them with the instrument. If you know how to verify the pots, shoot me an email.
     
  20. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
    Canada.

    Current pots are dated on bottom. I believe that's always been the case. Sometimes people accidentally solder over the dates, but that's a big no-no at Fender though I have seen 'em come from there obscured by solder.

    Thanks.