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Fender Jazz Bass Special - Circa 1984-87

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bullitt5135, Nov 28, 2010.


  1. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Well you can't tell from the serial but the natural neck is most likely '87.
     
  2. Shirobon

    Shirobon

    Jun 16, 2020
    Belgium
    G serial spanned from '87 to '88. I'd wager yours is an '87 since its in the first 500 of the series.
     
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  3. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    I totally missed the G lol. If it'd be an E serial with natural neck top truss rod adjustment I'd say '87. G is pretty sure '87 like you said.
     
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  4. WayOutWest

    WayOutWest

    Mar 11, 2020
    First post on this site....

    I have a candy apple red Jazz Special with a lefty neck. I’m righty (I flipped the nut). Picked it up in ‘98 from a friend who was an amateur luthier. It has active EMG pickups, and I actually don’t know if that was stock or not. I got back into playing this past year, and did a full set up/light refurbish with a new pot and bridge (I always hated the stock Fender bridges). Like many others, I love the neck on this one. And, It’s just weird playing righty on a lefty neck, and I like the uniqueness of it.
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  5. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    No, EMG's aren't stock.
     
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  6. the headstock looks stripped with a new logo and chrome hardware if it’s a jbs neck (it could be, the dots and mij look correct). it’s obviously not original to the body. your body could have been fitted with a fretless neck originally and gotten a swap.
     
  7. WayOutWest

    WayOutWest

    Mar 11, 2020
    I use to wonder if the neck was stripped, but I believe it is original. Fender used to put generic logos on at least some of their bass necks, I think. I see them on reverb once in a while. I think this is mos def not a jazz special neck, but a 62 reissue MIJ neck, from around 1993 based on the sn. No idea what year the body is. Anyways, I like the neck and the bass, even if it is a FrankenFender of sorts. Thought I would share....

    Some lefty JB neck examples:
    Fender '62 Jazz Bass Neck LH Rosewood Fretboard, C shaped Maple Neck | Brian's Shop | Reverb
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  8. WayOutWest

    WayOutWest

    Mar 11, 2020
    Question: with the selector switch in the center position (sound from both pickups), and one volume at full and the other at zero, would you expect NO volume to come out?

    Mine does this.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2021
  9. Yep, my Ibbys are wired the same way. It’s how the pots interact with the switch.
     
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  10. jbs wiring is strange, the volume has to be up somewhat. there’s no blend like a normal pj or jazz. but the tone rolloff is actually a good sound.
     
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  11. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    isn't fender doing a re-issue of these?

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  12. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Yes, this is the reissue.
     
  13. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Had to reupload this. It was way out of sync. So finally I took a JBS for a spin.
     
  14. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    Just got denied to buy back my JBS. I’m disappointed, but he wanted a king’s ransom for it, so I guess it was t meant to be.
     
  15. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    I might have a pewter with active EMG's if you want one.
     
  16. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I really want a pearl one, with stock pups. Thanks anyways.
     
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  17. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    I totally understand lol. Pearl is the best. Or aged, creamy solid white if you can't get a pearl.
     
  18. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    There are a few black ones on reverb, but I really don’t care for black basses
     
  19. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Me neither except the black JBS & Spectors. Black on black Jazz Specials are awesome IMo but I don't care about the rest.
     
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  20. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    They are cool. I just like the contrast of the pearl body and black neck
     
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