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CHARCOAL FROST 1966 Fender Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sgtpepper, May 26, 2011.

  1. sgtpepper


    Jan 22, 2010
    Mexico City
    I was GASing at eBay when I saw this amazing (so far) 1966 Jazz Bass. The price is insane but so is the bass (at first sight). I'm not a Fender vintage instruments expert but I do love that kind of stuff. I've no intentions to buy it of course. I don't even have 10% of that amount of money in the bank.
    What are your opinions?
    I just thought this was cool stuff to share.


    Be Nice to others.

    :) :smug: :D :hyper: ;) :bassist:
  2. Sufenta

    Sufenta Trudging The Happy Road of Destiny

    Mar 14, 2002
    The Signpost Up Ahead.
    I'd get it, but then what would I do with my other two mint '66 Charcoal Frost J's? Give me a minute to find where I put the pics of them.
  3. Well, I'm a Fender guy and I really like the color! I don't like the price, though!!:bawl:

    She is a beaut, though!:D

    Actually - if I DID have that amount in the bank and I bought that bass - I wouldn't have a head after my Wife finished with me....
  4. Jamarvic

    Jamarvic Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    that is very cool. and that seller seems to always have nice vintage basses.
  5. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    If that's legit, then... wow. Just wow.

    That's the year I was born. < sigh >
  6. sgtpepper


    Jan 22, 2010
    Mexico City
    LOL! :D
    Really? Man, are you lucky? Please give us some bass porn :bag:
  7. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    So, what would have caused that discoloration on the back side? Appears to be more of a chemistry thing than actual wear.
  8. Jibudo


    Mar 13, 2010
    Porto, Portugal
    Are the tuners originals?
  9. Jamarvic

    Jamarvic Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    yes fender used that type in '66
  10. I was interested until I saw the 51 P in his family photo at the bottom and the bridge cover was on backwards. Deal breaker.
  11. sgtpepper


    Jan 22, 2010
    Mexico City
    That's the same question I asked myself... But IMO it gives the bass a little bit more mysterious mojo.
  12. BillyIVbass


    Sep 24, 2008
    Gear Reviews Guitar World Online
    I'll tell you what'd I'd do, supposing I had the $ and my car wasn't held together by love, duct tape and the fear of God;

    I'd send it to my homeboy Larry Hartke to see what charcoal frosted looked like on fire!
  13. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    That's a sweetie.

    Nice flame maple neck, original finish, oval tuners, bound/dot neck...and just about the rarest of custom colors.
  14. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    The only thing I can think of is if it spent years in the case, never being taken out, maybe something like that could happen to the back.

    But it would have had to be in there untouched for literally decades for that to happen, I would think.
  15. Hifiguy


    Jul 9, 2008
    I am not normally a "vintage for vintage's sake" guy and don't understand the hoopla over old Fenders, especially post-Leo old Fenders.

    But that has got to be about as rare a bird as there is. Mega cool points for such an obscure custom color, but not almost $14K worth - no way. I suspect that there is someone out there with more money than sense and that he will get his price.

    The really sad truth is that this will probably wind up being a trophy bass that seldom if ever gets played because it is too pricey to risk damaging. :crying: That ain't what Leo designed them to be.
  16. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    If the seller is patient enough, he almost certainly will.

    By way of perspective, in 1968 (two years after this bass was built), my parents bought the 3-bedroom house I grew up in for... $15,000.
  17. Good golly miss molly, what a beauty!
  18. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Tune-o-matic has been trying to sell that one for a while.
    Charcoal Frost Metallic is one of the rarest vintage colors, so the price isn't TOO crazy.

    The discoloration on the back looks like it was caused by a cord or strap that sat under the bass in it's case for 20-30 years.

    The bridge cover on that '54-'57 P Bass is turned around to keep the foam mute glued underneath the cover off the strings. Pretty common with old Precisions. (unless you're joking, then nevermind, good one)
  19. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    One of the coolest of Fender colors.
    But, that does not make this bass 10K more than a sunburst 1966 Jazz would cost?
    15K crazy price.
  20. Tevatron


    May 14, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    That is just beautiful!

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