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Fender Jazz Bass Special - Circa 1984-87

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


  1. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
  2. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    It's certainly a reissue of the '84-'87 :)
     
  3. Shirobon

    Shirobon

    Jun 16, 2020
    Belgium
    Honestly I haven't been able to find those knobs separately from Fender Japan as spares or something. Do we have a part number?
     
  4. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    No. I contacted them and Fender US several times..even Stratosphere. No one will sell them separately. I also asked them about the pickups and got the same response.

    Another pricey option is that someone is selling some 'Fender Elite knobs' on reverb. $50 each. They're white except the rubber grip so you can paint them black. Still too much for a set. Fortunately I only need an F cap for 1 knob so I'm thinking about getting one. Beside the missing cap I need a full set but won't pay $150 for it.
     
  5. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    So, my JBS search concluded.

    I whined about the deal to purchase my original JBS and how it fell through, on this Facebook group.

    Surprisingly, a member of this group PM’s me, that he has one for sale. It was an 87, but it was perfect, had a Fender HSC, upgraded bridge, and included the stock one.

    it arrived today. Besides a tiny scratch on the neck plate, it had not a blem. Even the color is not the typical yellowed hue, most of these basses have. It plays nice, and has a wonderfully buttery low action.
    I am so happy.
    Thanks for everyone’s input, prior to purchase!
    49526354-53F2-4F16-8FAB-D2EC22145FC5.jpeg
     
  6. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

     
  7. Shirobon

    Shirobon

    Jun 16, 2020
    Belgium
    Damn. That looks brand new. No ageing in the finish. Knobs intact. There aren't even scratches on the ring nut that holds the selector switch.

    Nice find.
     
  8. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    Thanks. The two pearl ones I’ve previously owned were really yellow. This one looks brand new
     
  9. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    What can y’all tel me about the pickups with the larger pole pieces ?

    Is there a modern day equivalent?
     
  10. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I’m no expert, but I’ve owned 4 of these basses. There is something funky and odd about the pickups, that makes them very distinctive.
    And yeah, many say that no bass sounds the same. However, these pickups give off a very uniform tone, from bass to bass.
    I have yet to find pickups that sound like these.

    Maybe the TBX knob has something to do with it?
     
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  11. Barry Vestal

    Barry Vestal

    Nov 24, 2015
    Iowa
    Is this what you're looking for? IMG_20210302_201305894.jpg
     
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  12. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Yes, more precisely only the top F cap, but it's unlikely that I can find one without the knob so yes, that's what I need.
     
  13. Barry Vestal

    Barry Vestal

    Nov 24, 2015
    Iowa
    PM me if you want this one...looks like I have three of them
     
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  14. LostJohnny

    LostJohnny

    Mar 11, 2020
    NYC
    I'm very curious myself. They have the large pole pieces, that much is obvious, but what else do we know about their construction? Magnet type, ohms, anything? I find that my JBS with the Epic Custom Shop PJ1 set certainly sounds like other JBSes, but I'll be the first to say that pickups are only one part of what makes an instrument sound the way it does.
     
  15. Shirobon

    Shirobon

    Jun 16, 2020
    Belgium
    The only information I have on them is that they're called Hot Rods.
    boxer cat.JPG
     
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  16. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    If I could get an ohm reading maybe I could go custom
     
  17. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I wonder if the new boxer reissues have the same pickups?
     
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  18. Shirobon

    Shirobon

    Jun 16, 2020
    Belgium
    You got me curious so I read mine. Values will differ from case to case but basically, the pups deserve their name. They're quite hot indeed.

    JBS:
    Bridge: 7.73kΩ
    Neck: 9.41kΩ
    Both: 4.25kΩ


    In comparison, my Aerodyne P-Bass got:
    Bridge: 5.39kΩ
    Neck: 8.23kΩ
    Both: 3.350kΩ

    And my AmStd P-Bass has a whopping 10.82kΩ.
     

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  19. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Yes they are
     
  20. BeastBassNJ

    BeastBassNJ Supporting Member

    May 19, 2005
    West Orange, NJ
    63847631215__DD4BFBA5-FFA4-4C37-B3EC-66E8630C8E11.jpg I'm back in the JBS game!!!
     
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