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Coolest bass I've ever played (pics!) - old Jazz.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Philbiker, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I know people here love pictures of cool basses so here I am to share.

    Check it out. My cousin Tony's old Jazz bass. He thinks it's a '64. The Badass II bridge was on there when he got it, the original, as well as the original ashtrays, are still in the original case. I don't know if he has the original strap buttons. Probably. The bass needs a setup but the pickups and tone on it are THE BEST I've ever experienced. Neck feels special. Incredible tone just jumps out of this thing.

    Nice white Dyna-Bass in the back. Love it. It's missing a bridge saddle. Also, that SG looking thing with one pickup is a modified 1958 Gibson Melody Maker signed by Bo Diddly. Nice collection.
  2. Jordanthebass


    Feb 22, 2009
    That is Sweet!!!

    Thats all i have to say
  3. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Wow! A lovely instrument. I have never played a real old Fender. I haven't lived yet.

    Thanks for sharing.
  4. Mikio


    Feb 21, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    it does look impressive, somehow... like soft and stuff, I wish I could play it
  5. collicsws6z28


    Jan 29, 2007
    John Paul Jones?
  6. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    I used to be a bit skeptical about statements like that. That was until I finally got my own old Fender. I picked up a one-owner (my buddy is a dealer who bought it from the original purchaser) all original '66Jazz that looks like it had the snot played out of it (and for good reason) - you summed it up perfectly!

    I will say though, that not every single one is that way. I had a '62 refin for a year and, though it was really nice, there were a couple of quirks that I felt I needn't settle for. So I traded it back looking for something else. I tried my '66 against 4 other 60's vintage Jazzes, all very nice indeed, but it was the one that shined the brightest hands down. When you actually get one of the really good ones they are quite amazing. I gig it regularly and it's always a treat to play.

    Enjoy that bass whenever you can!
  7. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Ooh er... Sweet. Must take some better piccys of mine.
  8. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Yeah, the tone jumps off the thing. It's uncanny. The Reverend P pickup that I have in a couple of my basses has a similar "liveliness", but not the same as the old Jazz.

    I made him promise that if he ever sells it he'll call me first. :)

    Seriously it's the most amazing bass I've ever played and considering the GTGs I've hosted and attended I've played some pretty amazing stuff. It needs a thorough refurbishing by a vintage specialist if it were to be a "players" bass (including the re-installation of the original bridge, which is in the orignial case). Tony's a guitar player, drummer, and singer, not a bassist. He's happy to leave it be as a collectible for now (his basement is a museum). It also has a great deal of sentimental valuie.
  9. 3toes


    Aug 30, 2006
    Charleston, South Carolina
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Also I thought the "Custom Offset" part of the logo was shifted up to the ball-end of the headstock in '64. Although changes like that had a lot of overlap in the years.
  10. I'm a little bummed about that Leo Quan being on there, but that's a smokin' bass.
  11. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Yah, I'd play that. Very cool. Lucky ducky.
  12. I copied these pictures in to my ever growing basses i love folder on my computer. beautiful! I love the glossiness in the finish after all these years.

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