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Can anyone ID this Fender Jass Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pianofightr, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. pianofightr


    Jan 9, 2013
    I've inherited a Fender Jazz Bass and want to know how to identify it (year - model - value). Can you help?

    DES 187 001


    Thank you!
  2. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Best thing to do is call or email Fender's customer service department with the serial number. Their contact info is on the website.
  3. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    Serial number is probably on the neck plate or the back of the headstock.
  4. just google fender serial no's and you'll find easily.
  5. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Classic color combo. Some may help with approximate age. There's a rule regarding "What It's Worth?" threads that may require a supporting membership.
  6. pianofightr


    Jan 9, 2013
    I've checked extensively and found no serial number. After taking apart the neck, the inner angle reads Nov 26 of either "1968" or "1988," but it's too faded too tell for sure.

    Repeat: no serial to be found. What else can I use?
  7. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    Judging by the headstock, it's not a '68 Jazz. It looks like a '62 reissue with the wrong knobs. It might be a parts bass, with a '62 reissue neck from 1988 with maybe some Fender parts.
  8. Looks to me the headstock decal is not original, it looks wrinkled. Could be the lighting, though.
  9. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    ... this .
    and there does seem something wonky about the decal .
  10. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    just for the heck of it, measure the length of the two pickups ... same length, or bridge longer?

    .. nothing at all on the back of the headstock? strap button, small hole, any lettering?

    Edit to add: .. when you say you have inherited it ... you mean a relative? ... how far back can you trace it?