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1977-8 Fender Jazz Bass $454.54

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scogman, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Scogman


    Apr 20, 2011
    Bangkok Thailand
    Fellow Talkbassians,

    Would you buy a 1977-8 Fender Jazz Bass for $454.54?

    I've been sitting in with the Royal Bangkok Sports Club house band for some songs now and then for the past 5 years. On Thursday the band leader asked if I wanted to buy the house bass. He bought it in the 70's when it was new. I asked him how much. He told me 15,000 Thai Baht. At 33 baht to the dollar that's $454.54.

    First shock was he wanted to sell the bass. Second shock was for how little (I think) he wants to sell the bass. Third shock, he's been the band leader there for 35+ years. :) (Band leader is the drummer).

    I told him I thought it might be worth a lot more than that and asked him if he was sure. He said Yes, he would sell to me for 15,000 baht (US $454.54).

    I've been playing this bass for the past 5 years when I sit in and it plays very well and sounds great. It's pretty worn, but the thing is 35+ years old and gets played at least 3 times per week for 35+ years. But like I said it plays and sounds great.

    It's a black body with black pick guard, maple neck with binding, maple fretboard with white (MOP?) block inlays and a red tint in the headstock. Neck is attached to the body with the 3-hole backplate.

    Serial number is S7 NNNNN which puts it as a 1977-8 according to Fender website:

    Here are some pics of my playing it on Tuesday evening (we are 12 hours ahead of US East Coast):


  2. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Can't go wrong at that price. I'd buy it.
  3. Huge

    Huge Hell is full of musical amateurs. Like me.

    Dec 2, 2005
    I don't see why not. Go for it.
  4. Get it! Especially if you've played it and know it sounds / feels right, you can't go wrong with a 70's jazz at that price.
  5. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Why are you hesitating, you've been playing it for the last five years, unless there is something that your are not telling in your post about it? If not, I would go all over it if I were you...
  6. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The price you're being offered is at 1/3 of the full value. Absolutely buy it.
  7. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Considering you know and work with the guy and presumably will continue to work with him for the foreseeable future, it seems like a no-brainer assuming it's legit. I'm really curious why he's selling it for a fraction of what it's worth though.
  8. Scogman


    Apr 20, 2011
    Bangkok Thailand
    Didn't have 15,000 baht on me tonight or a gig bag. Will be bringing both to the Club on Thursday. :)
  9. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Buy it! The red tint is the lacquer used to finish the headstock turning amber from age and smoke, the fingerboard and back of the neck are poly and don't readily amber.
  10. Scogman


    Apr 20, 2011
    Bangkok Thailand
    Not sure why he only want's that much. I did tell him I thought it was worth more. I wasn't sure how much more but looks like its worth quite a bit more.

    He said "Mai Pen Rai," (can translate to "No problem," or "Nevermind,"), "15,000 baht OK."

    He's a straight up guy and I'm sure wouldn't try to pull anything to upset anyone. I believe it's legit.

    Thursday I bring 15,000 baht and a gig bag. Next week I pack it in my bass-case and bring it back to the States :)
  11. Scogman


    Apr 20, 2011
    Bangkok Thailand
    I was wondering about that. I had seen a few other 70's strats with the same tint on the headstock.
  12. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    I say: 12,000 bahts and not a baht more!
  13. Scogman


    Apr 20, 2011
    Bangkok Thailand

    Maybe 12,345 baht and 67 satong.

    Looks like 15k baht is more than fair price based on the feedback.
  14. Scogman


    Apr 20, 2011
    Bangkok Thailand
    And a real road-worn one at that. Well not so much road-worn as same-club-for-35-years-3-nights-per-week worn. :)
  15. tjnkoo


    Apr 19, 2011
    Metro Atlanta
    Thats just an unimaginably incredible price, get it for sure! I paid $1,300 for my 77' with replaced pickups and bridge, and that was a steal as far as I'm concerned.
  16. Scogman


    Apr 20, 2011
    Bangkok Thailand
    That's a great data point, Thanks much. :)

    Khun Dang (the band leader) says its all original (except for the strings). :)
  17. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    If you dont buy it I will gladly take it off his hands for 550.00 shipped...:D
  18. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 or let me get it I'll even give you a finders fee PM me please sir!!!!
  19. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    Absolutely buy it. Hell, I'd buy it for that, and I'm a lefty!
  20. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I'd buy it and I don't even like Jazz basses