87 Japanese Jazz special price?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by odie, Oct 29, 2001.

  1. Well its alittle beat up on the body, scratches and dings. Black body, matching black headstock.

    Doesnt look like the original p bass pickup, and its not the original jazz pickup. And the weird thing is it has a Kahler trem installed. The neck is in great shape.

    What would be a fair price for this, mistreated bass??
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I've seen one going for $400. I don't think they fetch much more than that.
  3. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny...

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Well, the Kahler Trem alone could fetch about $200 because of its rarity. The bass itself is worth about $400 like Big Wheel said. Combined, I wouldn't sink more than $500. If you don't dig the trem, you could Ebay it and get a nice Hipshot, ABM, or Schaller bridge for peanuts from Warmoth or Allparts.

    Japanese made Fenders - SWEET! sometimes better than USA.
  4. Problem is with having a Kahler in there, is that it has to have a big hole cut into the body, so i dont think a regular bridge could ever be put back in.
  5. Yeah I agree. About never putting a "normal" bridge on but what about a 2-TEK? That might be nice
  6. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Beat up and modded...$300 tops.
  7. Eric


    Apr 3, 2000
    I wouldn't waste your money on a beat up bass.
    Save for a while,(unless you need a bass now) you never know what you might stumble accross later on.

    For example I just found an American Jazz Bass (about 3-4 years old) With a nice sunburst finish and paid 700.00 and it is absolutely mint.

    Take a look at pawn shops sometimes they don't realize what they have so they let it go cheap.:D
  8. Wow that sounds cool, I dont know why but I always thought beat up basses looked cool. I think that would be a good buy, Kahler's are always a ton o cash, any bass w/ a Kahler less than 500 would be worth it.:D
  9. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny...

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Though the Kahlers required routing, the space can be filled in with pieces of wood, glued in, then covered by the bridge.
    I saw a guitar that someone changed from a Floyd Rose to a Tune-o-matic. Floyds are THE most intrusive bridge system.
  10. Well the bridge would have to be pretty big to cover up the new piece of wood put in there.

    I talked to the guy and he said he would let in go for $250-260. I think Im going to pass right now.

    So if anyones interested I could give you the name of the store and phone # were its for sale.

    But for now I think I'll wait....but that neck was so sweet....hmmmm??!!??
  11. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    For the expense and trouble of taking out the Kahler, buying and installing the 2TEK, You'd actually save money by leaving the Kahler in.

    Plus, installing a 2TEK it into a $400 Japanese Jazz would be like hot-rodding a Yugo.
  12. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i found one of them months ago. it was white with white headstock. it was on sale for 250$. unluckly i was completely out of money.
  13. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    Hey, I used to see people hot-rodding Geo Metros....
  14. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    I bought one for a little over $100 at a pawn shop. Keep in mind the neck width at the nut is wider than a standard J-bass and I think a little narrower than a P. It didn't quite "do it" for me.