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Another "Is this a legit Fender" thread

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BAG, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. This is being advertised here in Oz. I'm no expert by any means and I know it's only a starting bid of $480 but a custom shop Fender goes for around $5000 over here, and I can't recall ever seeing a Jazz bass from Fender with only two controls.

    What say you experts?
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  2. FenderOli


    Jun 6, 2014
    I've seen worse - but still fake.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
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  3. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    Really early Jazz basses have two stack knobs. These clearly aren't. Maybe their was a transitionary 2 knob (master vol and tone) model, though I doubt it.

    At the same time, there's no easy truss rod access. Which is definitely a Fender bug feature. So, if it is a fake it's a surprisingly good one.
  4. With no ability to select a particular pickup? That was the second thing that struck me after the price.

    I still don't know why they do it on some models other than history, which is no real excuse.
  5. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    It says custom shop, but that neck hardly looks like quarter sawn. In fact, it just doesn't look quarter sawn.

    Also, the nasty faux tort.
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  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'm not even really good at this game. But....

    The decal position (water slide)? No
    Back if the neck? No
    Knobs? No

    I'll leave the less obvious stuff to the experts.
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  7. HalfManHalfBass


    Jan 21, 2003
    Super fake!

    the bridge cover looks like its been mounted too high,
    the pickguard is just yuck!
    the tuners aren't even mounted straight - let alone display any obvious make of quality!
    the knobs aren't right or even concentric
    the tuner fronts and the string tree all look totally wrong
    ...and the false wear on the back of the neck appears to have been lacquered over?!

    Run away, run away!
  8. Rockonjp76


    Aug 8, 2016
    716, NY
    Fender Custom Shop would not use those cheap tuners, its a fake.
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  9. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    No no no no no no no no no no no...
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  10. Wasn't thinking of buying it myself at all. I could not afford a real Custom Shop Fender and wanted to know for certain that it was a fake before reporting the sale.
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  11. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Fake as fake can be! Cheap tuners, the controls are wrong they should be stack concentric. Neck finish looks wrong etc.
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  12. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    450AU$ = about £260? That's one expensive bonfire...
  13. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Mucho Fake
  14. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    Man... they tried. But, it's very much fake.
  15. I expect the Custom shop could do all sorts of odd varitions if someone asked for them.
    In this case, I seriously doubt they had any part of doing so.
    At the very least, they would have had the attention to detail to mount the tuners straight.
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  16. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Neck plate is wrong for a Fender custom shop.
  17. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Enough said about this bass, other than if they would have just left the Custom Shop decal off, they would have been better off, still bogus with the headstock decal, but a bit more 'realistic' to untrained eyes ...

    ... on a side note, I have never understood why anyone would list a bass for sale, and only put up pictures with the covers on ... preface it to say (other than aesthetics), I am not a fan of covers on any bass I play to begin with, but I want to see the pups (and their position) to determine their actual identity, the height they are set at, how strings cross the pole pieces, etc ... and, like pups, I want to see the bridge as well, saddle type and height, saddle height screw type, as well as saddle position to see if there are any possible intonation issues ...

    JMHO .. as always
  18. Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Joshua Pickenpaugh Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2001
    The Midwest of USA

    Among many things, Placement of the grab bar seems crooked.
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  19. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
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  20. It's fake. Put it this way, if we were to list all of the reasons why it's a fake, carpal tunnel would put us out of commission for months.
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