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anybody a fender expert?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by minjo82, May 13, 2004.

  1. found this forum a few months ago but this is actually my first post...

    played bass for 3yrs now... and i'm hopelessly in love with this instrument... :D

    anyway.. heres my question...i recently visited a local used guitar shop and saw a 83' fender jazz bass (at least that's what the owner said) it sounded sweet and all, but the serial was E 30445 and to my knowledge E3's have 5 more digits not 4..

    there might be a possiblity that the last number just got faded but the rest of the decal and the serial is perfectly fine.

    i really like the bass. it feels good, sounds good and everything.. but for the price tag i'd be getting ripped off if it wasn't an original fender.. and the resale value would be close to nothing...which i definitely need to consider.. since i'm still a student making through college.. and god knows i'll be needing some cash sooner or later...

    if anybody can give me some info it'd be great...

    btw, just out of curiosity.. is there anyone else from south korea in this forum?

  2. Yes, should be E3 + 5 digits
  3. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    " waits for Treena "
  4. TheAmpNerd


    Apr 25, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    You sure about that? I have a Fender Jazz Bass and my serial
    number is E9nnnn. That is, E + 5 digits...which makes mine
    a 1989.
  5. My '78 is s8 + 5.......

    Also I checked this Serial Check

    I didn't check check a book I have that states they used a letter prefix with either 5 or 6 digits after the letter during that time period.

    So I insert foot into mouth. :p
  6. ok.. so your jazz must be a e9+4 digits serial..
    then it would be possible that e3 + 4 digits serial
    actually exists...

    for the time being tho, i'll just try to find a jazz that
    actually has a serial thats listed on the "serial check" page..
    don't wanna risk it....
  7. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    The other thing I would check is to make sure it says USA on the head stock. They did some MIJ's that started out with the E prefix too.

    If it is an MIA 83 then it'd have to be an earlier one. '83 was the year that they made the Elite series basses. If I'm not mistaken they didn't do an "Elite Jazz" bass just the "Elite P" bass...someone double check me on that one.
  8. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    El paso, TX

    man, if the price is right, go for it. if forgeries are a usual sight in seul, then don't. One thing is you knowing there's something odd, and another one is your buyer noticing it ;)
  9. TheAmpNerd


    Apr 25, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    Hmmm, I think the guy I got my Jazz Bass said it was
    a reissue bass. Perhaps these have a different set of

    And like the guy previous to this said, if it has good tone,
    and plays nicely buy it. Just knock a few hunderd off the
    price...read: Print off the Fender Serial Number list and use
    it to your advantage if possible to knock the price down.

    Also ask if you can take some pics of the Bass and post
    them here. There are plenty of folks here who know basses
    like the back of their hands and I'm sure they wouldn't mind
    helping you out.

    But if the guy won't let you take pictures of it, then it might
    be a forgery....

    Wish you the best.
  10. erik II

    erik II

    Jul 11, 2000
    Oslo, Norway
    Same here. It has 22 frets btw.

    I'm signing on here, I'm curious about that serial number thing...
  11. TheAmpNerd


    Apr 25, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    Here's some pics of my Jazz bass, one in the case, two a CU
    of the head stock.
  12. erik II

    erik II

    Jul 11, 2000
    Oslo, Norway
    That one looks just like mine, 22 frets (right?) and a deeper lower cut-away. I found this thread, that I believe refers to our Jazz Bass model. From the thread:
    So... did this model also have one digit less in the serial number?
  13. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    El paso, TX

    haha, that looks like my very first fender, a 93 "longhorn." Im sure it had a normal usa serial number though.
  14. thx for all the replies....

    well... i decided not to risk it.. and instead am
    saving up a bit more for a 81' gold jazz bass which
    i found in another used guitar shop....

    the used music gear market in korea is pretty messed
    up so i'll probably be paying much more than what you
    guys think is a fair price...

    but this will be my first fender and i'm really anxious to
    buy it...

    times like this i wish i was living in the states tho.. :(