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1975 Fender Jazz questions

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by BrandonA119, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. Doing a little research on an upcoming purchase.

    1. Fullerplast....What is it? What does it do?

    2. 75' used what kind of woods for the body?

    3. 3 bolt neck plate...for what? How is it better than a 4 bolt neck plate.

    4. Any reason why the neck pup is routed in a curve at the top and bottom and the bridge pup isn't?

  2. Fullerplast is a sealer/undercoat, it's milky white. Fender started using it on their guitars back in the 60's.

    heres an article that talks about it, search in it for "fullerplast":
  3. For # 3, the third bolt near the center of the pocket I think is a "Micro-tilt". It was used to set the pitch or angle of the neck so that you wouldn't have to use a shim.
  4. In 75' was there an option for ash or alder?
  5. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    by '75 almost all of them were heavy hard ash.
  6. sonic 7

    sonic 7

    Aug 10, 2011
    Queens, N.Y.C.
    I have a '78. It sounds and plays great but Im not a fan of the 3 bolt/ micro tilt neck. That design coupled with the inconsistant neck pocket routing of that era make for a very weak neck connection that has a tendency to shift out of alignment quite often.
  7. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    My 76 weighs 9 pounds and I had a 75 that weighed closer to 8. No need to be surprised though, as this very objective trait can easily be measured before purchase with a common scale, no? Other than that, some people -- even a few really good players here on TB -- actually prefer the heavy 70s Fenders. btw, someone over at the Fender Forum kept a spread sheet with a bunch of 70s Fender bass weights, and most of them actually weighed 10 pounds or less -- the really heavy ones are concentrated in the late 70s (78-80).
  8. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    I haven't had any problem with 3 bolt Fenders or 3 bolt early Stingrays.

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