1977 limited edition jazz information needed

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Smack Alistair, Oct 12, 2003.

  1. Hi chaps and chapesses,

    I've just( well yesterday ) become the owner of a MIA 1977 fender jazz. A limited edition according to the back plate. It has active emg pickups which I believe are original. Serial number is S7 38143.

    I've done loads of searches but can't find any information on this particular model.

    Any information about the whys and wherefores, intentions etc of designing and so on would be gratefully accepted

    Out of interest, it has a sticker on the back of the headstock which says Quiglys Music, Kansas City Missouri.Anyway, its turned up in Perth Western Australia...just a tad far from home.

    i have to say its very easy to play..gigged three and a half hours with it last night and it takes a lot less physically to play than my '72 precision and has heaps more personality, although I think I'd like to put in different pickups in the near future.

    Thankfully the other half thinks its sexy and a nice colour.

    Anyway, any information about this model would be much appreciated.


  2. Hi treena,

    thanks for the link.. very interesting stuff there.


  3. Hey, I go to Quigly's all the time! now their stuff is really over priced, but back then I'm sure they did have some amazing things...
  4. Hiya Swass,

    Everything here is over priced I think.

    This is a nice bass though, and I was just wondering if anyone could tell me what the intention was in making it a limited edition.

    Judging by the lack of information ( I have searched lots ) it doesnt seem to have been a popular model, but that doesn't really bother me much because I think it sounds great.

    Any info however would be greatfully accepted.


  5. Stew, You have mail!


  6. Thank you Treena, I'll give that a go.


  7. From Bill Bolton.

    > I've recently become the owner of a MIA 1977 fender
    > jazz. Its a limited edition according to the back
    > plate,

    Do you have a photo of the neck plate?

    > has active emg pickups which I believe
    > are original, and a maple neck.

    Well, there are a number of problems there....

    1. Fender never made any active basses of any type until the
    Precision Special of the early 1980s

    2. Fender did not use any other manufacturers bass pickups until
    the late 1980s.

    3. Fender did not seriously get into anything like "limited
    edition" models until the early 1980s, with the Precision
    Special, Gold Jazz basses etc.

    > I've done loads of searches but can't find any information on this
    > particular model

    That's basically because the bass wasn't made that way by Fender. I
    suspect you have a production Fender passive bass that was "Hot
    Rodded" by a music store through the addition of EMG pickups and it is
    the store's "limited edition".



    Bill Bolton
    Sydney, Australia

    So, I thought I would post Bill.s answers so all could see!


  8. Hi, Treena you have mail.

    Thanks very much for your help with the information..its still a nice bass...just good to know whats what.


  9. Post pictures when you can!

    Hell ya, it's great bass!

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