After 45 Years Finally Saw Neck Pocket of 1965 Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by OldFenderPlayer, Jul 1, 2022.

  1. I was lucky to acquire this 1965 Fender Jazz Bass back in 1977 (Olympic White, matching headstock, both covers and original case) and its still mostly like the day I got it. Being someone who will own something for years, even decades, and never alter it unless absolutely necessary, I never had reason to take neck off and I wasn't around when it was off for maintenance.

    Over the years I've came to prefer Precision Basses over Jazzes, so after being unused for years, I've loaned it to a friend who plays and records with it. A fret needed some maintenance and I finally got to see the neck pocket and end-stamp date.

    Back in 1980 the nut broke at the G-string, and being 1980, a brass nut was installed; the shop that did the work, Cisler's MusiCat in Marietta, Ohio, put a sticker in the neck joint. For years I though the neck date was in June 17, 1965, so it was a surprise to see October 7, 1965.
    Jazz Bass Neck Pocket.jpeg Jazz Bass Date Stamp.jpeg Jazz Bass Loose Fret.jpg Jazz Bass Fixed Fret.jpg Jazz Bass Full Frontal.jpg
  2. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Its not Oct 7th. Its just October.

    The 7 is factory code, meaning Jazz Bass neck.
    If it were a Precison, the code would be a 5. Of it were a Telecaster Bass, the code would be 23.

    All Jazzes made 62 to 69 will have a code 7 stamped by the month.
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  3. I'd like to request some straight up tort porn.
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  4. jim nolte

    jim nolte

    Oct 26, 2006
    For many years I thought my ‘65 Jazz was a ‘’64 because it was an L series and had clay dots instead of pearl, was very surprised the first time I took the neck off and saw it was a MAY 65, also there is a large S written underneath the pick guard on the alder body beneath the finish written in pencil or ink which I have no idea what it means.
  5. Thanks! I wasn’t aware of this.
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  6. J-Bass RMR

    J-Bass RMR Supporting Member

    It only took me 30 years to pull the neck off my '66....:D

    For years I thought the neck stamp on my other Jazz ('66/7) was Dec 7, 1966.
    I was bummed when I realized the 7 was not part of the date- especially since the date stamp on my B15 speaker is 12/7/66.

    Does it look anything like this?
    I got this bass from the original owner, an acquaintance of mine.
    I doubt he ever changed the strings, let alone removed the pickguard....
  7. jim nolte

    jim nolte

    Oct 26, 2006
    No, it’s larger and very faint, about the same width as the space between the pickups, it looks like it was written with a pencil on the bare wood before it was painted,3 tone sunburst so a very light yellow in that area, I always wondered if it meant that the body was sanded and ready to be painted.
  8. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Either she own by Superhero or Supervariant.
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  9. No Malarky

    No Malarky

    May 27, 2010
    "Neck Pocket" is a solid band name.
  10. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    North AMERICA, USA
    6532B85B-5A5F-428A-814E-CBEE9ABCD63F.jpeg I removed the neck on my '62 Slab board jazz before I even bought the thing. But we're talking 2016... I wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting myself into.
  11. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Suspended

    Feb 16, 2011
    My question is why an advert IN the neck pocket?
  12. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Wonderful place to visit.
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  13. Who knows the logic of the shop sticker …. but it was 1980 and big hair, brass nuts and high mass bridges were the thing.
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  14. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Suspended

    Feb 16, 2011
    So the inference is logic was not something so highly regarded in that era? :D
  15. fhm55,

    There was some logic during this area, but it was more accidental than anything else. When I took the bass in to have the nut replaced, again being 1980 and a high school student, the guys at Cisler's MusiCat talked me in to having a brass bridge installed to "improve the sustain."

    They recommended a BadAss bridge and it would have required routing the body, but I resisted and selected a Dimarzio Supertrack because it didn't require routing and it lined up with the existing screw holes, so no extra drilling was needed.

    I was also wise enough to ask for the original bridge when I picked up the bass; it was in the back of the shop and they had to retrieve it along with the original screws. After about 10 years I took the Dimarzio off and put the original bridge back on.

    I only have one good photo of the bass with the Dimarzio Supertrak bridge installed.
    Jazz Bass with Dimarzio Supertrak Bridge.gif Dimarzio Supertrak Bridge CloseUp.gif
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  16. Christofferson


    Jan 19, 2020
    A penciled “S” was put on the wood after grading it to signify it was suitable for a semi-clear finish aka sunburst.
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  17. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    shim :D
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  18. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009

    Thank you for that information.

    The code reveals a Telecaster Bass produced in 1969 with a "C" neck. But which One?

    As the Telecaster was Fender first reissue, I had assumed it had a 1951 "U" neck. Now the question is, which "C" neck profile is it? 59 "C"? 60s P Bass Oval "C"? Or Large "C"?

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  19. Yep, brass was a popular thing
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  20. Cedde


    Dec 4, 2007
    The C has nothing to do with the neck profile. It means that the nut width is 1 ¾”
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