Fender 74 Jazz bass neck with 8 holes.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by radvbass, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. radvbass

    radvbass Supporting Member

    May 19, 2019
    I recently pursued a 74 Jazz bass listed as "original condition". Part of the verification is taking it apart and validating the components. When I found 2 sets of neck holes, I decided to cancel the transaction. I'm thinking the neck was used on a different bass originally. The neck stamp on the heel was red and readable and represented 74. I really could not authenticate the body. It had very little markings in the neck cavity. The condition of the neck itself was mint. Could it be a 74 RI neck? or maybe a non 70's body? Any thoughts on what bodies could be a few mm different?
  2. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Could it have been a Fender screw up? The upper set of four look like they have never had a screw in them.
  3. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    No way of guessing w/o more pics.
  4. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef is modulating in time. Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Southern California
    It’s common in this era. I’ve seen dozens of them like this, sometimes with only 2 extra holes, sometimes with 4. If you look closely, the extra holes probably aren’t even threaded, just pilot holes. Seems Fender had a loose jig at this time and messed up the hole placement when the necks were being built, so they re-drilled them during actual assembly. Too bad you canceled the transaction over it before researching/asking, it’s legit.
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  5. Biffa

    Biffa Inactive

    Apr 16, 2019
    County Durham, UK
    Confirmation of what people thought of CBS Fender in the 70s
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  6. fretno


    May 10, 2009
    Fender necks don't always match up with a MIA , MIJ or MIM , someone had that on another body at some point . That smaller hole is factory , they drill those for handling during the finishing .
  7. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef is modulating in time. Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Southern California
    Just to show some evidence of what I know from years of collecting vintage Fenders, here are a few shots of some vintage Jazz necks with this anomaly. I personally took every one of these pics. They are ALL pearl block Jazz necks from late 1973/74 (I’ve also seen these extra factory holes as late as even 1978, but ‘74 seems to be the most common by far). I also don’t recall ever seeing them on a P bass neck, only Jazzes. And notice how on one of the photos (2nd to last), you can even see the extra holes were never threaded, just drilled...

  8. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    That's exactly what I thought too. In fact I posted that right after the OP posted the thread, think I was the 1st reply.
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  9. radvbass

    radvbass Supporting Member

    May 19, 2019
    Wow, thanks for the feedback. The neck is very much like the 0203-4243 model above. In fact the one was I was considering is only a few weeks later at 0203-4942. Looks legit. Thanks for all the feedback. I got spooked too early.
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