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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

    Yea, those are the nicest black basses. I'm into 80s basses however a Kramer or a Jackson/Charvel wouldn't look good in black imo. Those are screaming for vibrant colors.
     
  2. Shirobon

    Shirobon

    Jun 16, 2020
    Belgium
    That's definitely not correct.
    At some point after '87, they still made Jazz Bass Specials, just not under the Boxer series. Pickups changed from the Hot Rods to the regular small pole pieces and the bridge changed from a regular bent metal plate to a Schaller-esque bridge. Afaik, those were none export, but they do exist like that.

    Oddly enough, all Boxers are Jazz Bass Specials, but not all Jazz Bass Specials are Boxers.

    Here's an example of one:
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    Its serial starts with an H, which dates it to '88-'89.
     
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  3. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    This is the one I’m buying:
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  4. Mine is small pole, high mass bridge, natural neck, 88-89 serial. I’ve also played one like it but with the old big pole pups. They definitely found their way stateside, because Fender.
     
  5. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    Update:
    So the seller wanted me to call him. This always concerns me, because you never know how weird someone can be. Fortunately, he was a nice guy, and come to find out, he was the original owner of this bass, sold it, and bought it back. He has owned it since.

    He is going to send me better pics, today, but I think from what I see, this is a great buy. I get a bass that hasn’t switched a bunch of hands, is in stellar shape, and I’m spending less than what I was originally going to.

    What HSC would you pick? He’s offering an 80’s Fender rectangle one, or one of those guitar shaped ones, Fender used to include?
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  6. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Correct. I totally ignored all the other years except the E serials. I was talking about only the E serial models and forgot about the rest. Japan fender were still making them in 1996 too. Oddly my E serial has small pole pups and schaller bridge but still a '87 model.
     
  7. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    How can you tell it from the serial? Numbers on these models don't indicate production year.
     
  8. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    I'd prefer the rectangle ones. But I guess it's personal taste.
     
  9. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I think the rectangle ones are more period correct?
     
  10. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Probably yes. I just prefer them because it's easy to stack multiple hard cases if I need to transport and at home of course.
     
  11. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    The guy sent me better pics. Man, this is clean!
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  12. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

  13. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    This is the only blem on it.
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  14. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    That's nothing
     
  15. LostJohnny

    LostJohnny

    Mar 11, 2020
    NYC
    Somebody please go get this Power JBS from this guy who apparently wants to trade it straight across for an Ibanez SR400. Honestly if I were closer to Cortland I'd probably find out what kind of SR400 he wanted and go buy that just for the purpose of trading it to him.

     
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  16. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I think it’s gone?
     
  17. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    No, probably it's just Facebooks sharing options. If you set marketplace to Cortland, NY and search for Power Jazz Bass it'll show up.
     
  18. LostJohnny

    LostJohnny

    Mar 11, 2020
    NYC
    No, I think the link I shared before was just the link to the group post instead of the Marketplace link. I fixed the link in the original post, but this one should work (link broken to prevent TB from trying to load it as an embed):
    https://www.faceb ook.com/marketplace/item/733059767570417/
     
  19. Shirobon

    Shirobon

    Jun 16, 2020
    Belgium
    An '87 in mint condition. That neck plate can be easily replaced. I'd jump on it immediately if I didn't already have one. It doesn't even look like the finish has even aged that much.

    Those made up until '96, I assume you're referring to the PJ-555 and PJ-36? They don't even have TBX pots or pup selectors.

    I believe they made the switch mid-1987, so you can still have the original one and the "facelifted" one from the same year. Fender Japan likes to make small changes to their guitars throughout production without telling anyone. That's one thing I hate about them.
     
  20. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    I'm not really into the ones other than the 'E' serials. But PJ-555 is the product number of the Boxer Series/Jazz Special. It's in the '86 boxer catalog under PJ-555 product number. I guess all JBS had run under this product number.
    My '87 has the PJ-555 stamped on the neck pocket under the neck. Probably all of the others too.
     
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