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Fender Jazz side dots mismarked????

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Vic, Jun 16, 2005.


  1. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Take a look at this '94 MIJ Jazz. Look closely at the side markers.

    Yep, the double mark is at the 9th fret, not the 12th like it's supposed to be!

    Upon careful inspection, as far as I can tell, it's a dead stock original neck.

    Has anyone ever seen or heard of this before????

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  2. wow, that's weird. i can't say i've seen anything like it.
     
  3. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    whoa! sweet!

    :D
     
  4. incognito89x

    incognito89x ♪♫♪ ♪ ♪ ♫&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    Maybe it's a custom 23 fret neck?
    :p
     
  5. JPJ

    JPJ

    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    HA! Looks like someone stayed out a bit too late the night before. :p I've never seen that before.....
     
  6. bigbajo60

    bigbajo60

    Nov 7, 2003
    Laredo, Texas
    Someone see about forwarding that pic to the Honchos at Fender Quality Control... and include a demand for a free bass... otherwise the pic gets sent to all the major media outlets!!! :p

    Seriously... there's a possibility that it happened during a re-fret/re-bind. I see bare fret ends... or are my eyes lying to me? I know that the binding on my MIA75RI covers the ends of the frets. Does the binding on all bound Jazz necks cover the ends of the frets?
     
  7. DeadPoet

    DeadPoet

    Jun 4, 2003
    Belgium
    naaah, it's for one of them alternative scales/tunings. :D

    I feel a photoshop urge coming to redo my neck too :bassist:



    Herwig
     
  8. It's fine like that, cuz there's no money above the 9th fret :D
     
  9. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Not sure about this sentence, but just in case... this is not a picture edit hoax. This is genuine.

    I think I might call the swami later to see if he's ever heard of this before. I know he's seen/moved a lot of Fender stuff.

    To be honest, it's mildly annoying.
     
  10. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    No, the MIA's are different than the MIJ's, and that kind of detail is one example.

    I can guarantee you this bass has never been refretted or rebound. If you look close you can tell no work like this has been done to it.

    See, my CIJ Geddy fret ends are the same way...
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  11. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Wow, nobody else with any feedback on this?
     
  12. Makes no sense whatsoever considering that there's a 1 fret space before the double dot, which excludes the possibility of the binding being applied at the wrong position. Weird.
     
  13. well that's interesting
     
  14. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Not to mention the dots would be off in a graduated way. This is definitely a human error.
     
  15. Tyler_W

    Tyler_W

    Jun 15, 2005
    Woodbridge, VA
    Probably a human error. But hey, it looks cool.
     
  16. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Returned it. It played and sounded real nice, but I found out the hard way I use the double dots in particular on glance as a quick ref more than I thought. Fortunately, the seller was totally great about the whole thing. Turns out he somehow never noticed it while he owned it.

    It may be worth something as a rarity, but if it is, that should be his money. I bought it to be a player, and just couldn't deal with the dots, didn't want to mod the original neck, and didn't want to have to turn right around and replace the neck, either. Just didn't work out. Oh well.