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Fender Custom Shop/should I buy questions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cfsporn, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I would like to start this off by apologizing for the glut of "(Which) Should I buy"/"Is this a good price for..." threads I have been posting. Indecision is one of my many flaws.

    Anyway, I have been presented with a great deal on a Fretless Fender Custom Shop Jazz at a Guitar Center. As I have recently sold my MIM Jazz and I am always G.A.S.ing for fretlesses, this should seem like a no brainer. Plus, it is quite a looker with a coated & lined rosewood fingerboard & black body. However, I do have a couple hangups.

    1) According to the person I spoke with on the phone, it is a legit CS Jazz, with everything checking out with Fender. However, he said there is no certificate of authenticity. He justified this by saying that it is a '97, and the CS was not doing the certificates back then. Is this true?

    2) Apparently it was ordered by a celebrity. For the life of me, I can't remember who it was, but how would it effect the value? I am fully aware that this is unanswerable until I know who it was ordered by.

    3) Is $1300 a fair asking price for the above deal?
  2. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle Dropping Acid Pedal Etching .com Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Maple Grove, MN
    In regards to question #2, if you don't have proof, as in a picture of them playing it, it will have no effect on the value. And all of this assumes that the famous person is an "A lister"
  3. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    Hangups = don't buy

    Plus, you don't even say anything about its feel, playability or sound. All the other stuff is a bit of nonsense.

    If it was me, I'd save the $1300, save more to double it, and buy a USA Lakland. No hangups there...
  4. randysmojo


    Jan 14, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I have seen a 1993 Fender Custom Shop with a Certificate, so that is just salesman BS. If it truly is a Custom Shop, and everything checks out to be in good shape, that is probably a good price. There are models that where called Custom shop designs, that aren't actually made in the custom shop, but I don't know if they ever did that this early. Just something else to look for. If it is truly a custom shop and plays like it, the price seems good.
  5. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    As far as I know, I just have the GC salesman's word which he says comes from Fender.

    My hangups are mostly due to my 6 string unlined fretless GAS.

    The problem is, it is in Georgia and I am in NYC. I would be relying heavily on GC's famous return policy before buying it.

    What? I have never heard of this, but I am relatively new to the bass world.
  6. randysmojo


    Jan 14, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I believe the Baha Telecasters are a "Custom Shop" design. I don't know everything about everything, but there are probably others.

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