Fender decal

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by navidios, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. navidios


    Dec 6, 2005
    I have just bought a jaco tribute fender jazz (copy) with no decal. Does anyone know how i can get hold of a fender jazz decal?

    thanks guys


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  2. If the bass is a Fender copy, you won't get one from Fender. There are knock-offs on e-Bay but don't count on the quality, some are good, most are not.
  3. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    Wellington, NZ
    A really good sign shop will make you one. Modern sign shops have all sorts of fancy printers, and they should be able to do a Fender Decal. Though it may not be the same quality as a genuine Fender decal.
  4. if you like the bass, just play it. if it's not a Fender, don't try to convince people that it is. be a player, not a poser. :cool:
  5. Well said!
  6. BassyBill

    BassyBill Still here Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    +1 from me on this as well, only more so. You haven't bought a "jaco tribute fender jazz ", so don't try and kid yourself or anyone else that you have. It's misleading or deceptive at best, fraudulent at worst :scowl:
  7. Maybe. Might run into copyright/trademark issues with this. I think if I were working at a sign shop and someone wanted a Fender decal I'd make them provide some release or something (which obviously navidios won't have).

    Play the bass and enjoy it.
  8. +1000

  9. beadgc

    beadgc Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    My $0.02: If you want to put a Fender decal on it, go ahead. As long as you don't try to pass it off as a Fender for resale, I don't feel there are any ethical problems.

    Who cares?

    I might feel differently if the Fender decal actually stood for something in and of itself, but it doesn't. Fender has put Fender decals on cheap basses that they have manufactured for them in half a dozen countries, some of them with low-grade woods, necks, pickups and electronics that are only "Fender" products in the most narrow technical sense. I'd feel differently about, say, a Rickenbacker -- that's a company that's family owned, makes its own stuff, has always put out high quality instruments and carefully protected its designs and trademarks.

    In addition to the ideas mentioned in other posts, if you get a copy of "Vintage Guitar" magazine, there are always a couple of people selling decals in the classifieds.
  10. BassyBill

    BassyBill Still here Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Then why put one on? :meh:

    Sorry, have to disagree. Even if the person putting the decal on doesn't pass it off as a Fender to a gullible buyer, someone else may try to do so further down the line. I hear what you're saying about Rickenbacker vs. Fender and it's a valid point, but I still feel the whole issue of putting decals on copy basses is wrong.

    IF Fender choose to put their logo on instruments that aren't what you'd expect, that's up to them. It's their reputation after all. It doesn't mean it's okay for anyone to put it on any non-Fender instrument they happen to have.

    Maybe I should add here I have an MIM Fender Jazz and it's a fine bass, in my opinion.
  11. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    What kind of bass did you buy? Pics please?
    Was it really a Fender, or a fender knock off

    My $.02
    If your fender neck breaks and you buy a replacement neck, then a decal may be in order. Maybe.... but, if you try to sell it as a complete fender and the neck did not come from fender (fender necks have fender decals on them), then you are commiting fraud.

    But if you have a fender knock off and you put a fender decal on it. You are creating a forgery. If it is not a fender, it is not a fender. There are decades of copyright laws that address this.

    One might install a fender neck on a non fender instrument. This is ok of course, but as soon as you try and sell it as a "Fender" and not a "fender neck on other bass" you have committed fraud.

    decal paper is cheap. If you want the look, but want to be truely honest, use the fender style script and put a different word on the headstock. I saw a bass that looked totally fender, but when you got up close, it said "Bender".

    The "name" is not worth your integrity.
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  12. although i agree with eveyone else in that if the bass is nice, don't put a new sticker on it, and you are making a forgery etc, but to answer the question, i have seen fender decals floating around ebay
  13. 7thbass


    Nov 21, 2003
    Houston, Tx
    I see no reason to put a fender decal on it. No ethical reason, just think that would compromise the cool factor.

    Why not create a decal that says "Jaco" or "punk jazz" in a script similar to the fender logo? I remember B. Lecompte put a "fretless" decal on one of his early project basses.

    And, yes, we do require pictures.
  14. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Jaco didn't need decals on all his basses.
  15. navidios


    Dec 6, 2005
    Thanks guys your comments are appreciated!!
    Here are the pics its beautiful!! dont you think?
  16. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    looks pretty nice... just put some chrome knobs on that sucker and she'll be a nice custom
  17. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    Wellington, NZ
    On second thought, it doesn't need a decal.

  18. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    A real Jaco tribute bass would have Precision knobs... :rolleyes:
  19. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I've done the decal thing, both on my Frankenjazz and on my MM copy (has an old school Stingray decal). Why? One word:


    I admit it.