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Authenticating a Fender Jaco Tribute bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pfschim, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    A bass playing friend of mine in Europe has the opportunity to buy a Fender Jaco Tribute jazz bass. He has a serial number (starts with T90....). He seems to have some question as to the authenticity of the bass.

    Is there some way to clearly verify these instruments as being authentically what the seller claims they are ?

  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Post pics on talkbass. Lots of good close-ups.
  3. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    I'll see if that's possible and get back.

    Are there some standard things to be on the look out for to detect fraudulent or fake instruments ?

  4. RobSatFender


    Apr 29, 2011
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Director, Customer Service, Fender
    Hi pfschim,
    Authenticating is always tough without having it on hand.....pictures help if they're good pics with no distortion......But.....I think I can help a little bit anyway...
    If the Serial number starts with T90, then it is likely not (technically) a Tribute Jaco but a production model Jaco which is part of the "Artist Series". "Tributes" were done in the Custom Shop and i believe there are Fretted AND Unfretted versions. The Artist Series are all Fretless to the best of my knowledge.
    At any rate......here are the specs which may help you compare that to the bass.
    Hope that helps a bit,
    All the best,
    Model Name: Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass® Fretless
    Model Number: 019-6208-(800)
    Series: Artist Series
    Colors: (800) 3-Color Sunburst
    (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
    Body: Select Alder
    Neck: Maple, “C” Shape,
    (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
    Fingerboard: Urethane Coated, Slab Cut, Pau Ferro Fingerboard, 7.25” Radius (184 mm)
    FRETS: Fretless, 20 Inlaid White Fretline Markers
    Scale Length: 34” (863.6 mm)
    Width @ Nut: 1.50” (38 mm)
    Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
    Machine Heads: Vintage Style Reverse Tuning Machines
    Bridge: American Vintage Precision®/Jazz® Bass
    Pickguard: 4-Ply Brown Shell (Unmounted, Ships In the Case)
    Pickups: 2 Vintage Jazz Bass Single-Coil Pickups
    Pickup Switching: None
    Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup),
    Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup),
    Master Tone
    Strings: Stainless Steel Flatwound 9050M,
    Gauges: (.055, .070, .090 .105),
    P/N 073-9050-006
    Unique Features: Knurled Chrome P Bass® Control Knobs,
    Special Jaco Tribute Neck Plate,
    Side Dot Position Markers are Centered Between the Fretlines
    Source: U.S.
    Accessories: Deluxe Brown Hardshell Case, Strap, Cable
    U.S. MSRP: $2,399.99
    INTRODUCED: 7/1999
    COMMENTS: Uses Case P/N 0996178422,
    Price drop from $2,690.00 to $2,399.99 in 1/2010,
    Side dot position markers centered on the fretlines changed to centered between the fretlines 10/2007,
    Meguiar’s Mist and Wipe Kit Discontinued in the Kit in 10/2007,
    Changed back to Pau Ferro from Rosewood fretboard in 10/2007.
    Changed from Pau Ferro to Rosewood fretboard in 8/2007.
    In January 2001 the bridge grounding strap was removed from production, and is included in the kit.
    NOTICE: Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice

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