SOLD FS 66 Fender Jazz FSR next to my original

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by greybeard125, Mar 22, 2014.

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  1. FS 2013 Fender MIJ 66 jazz reissue $1050 shipped CONUS in plastic fender case. Never gigged out with it. Just house played. Mint as mint can be. Payment by USPS money order only. Pay pal wants too much.

    Pictured alongside my 66 for comparison.

    I've added a set of hipshot lollipop tuners so its closer to the real thing. Only thing left to bring it up to a real reissue is add a thumb rest, neck strap button on the back of the head, and move the 'contour body' decal.
    The neck is about as identical to the original as can be and is slick and fast. Only real difference between the two is the pick ups and thats to be expected. Nothing sounds like a 66 other than another 66!
    And no the original is not for sale unless some wants to come off with some serious cash.

    If you're looking for a great vintage quality bass, these MIJ's are great

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    THORRR Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Parker, Colorado
    Just out of curiosity - your real vintage '66 appears to have 70's pickup spacing with the bridge pup closer to the bridge.

    Is that just distortion from the camera lens, or is it a scootch closer to the bridge?

    Beautiful axe, BTW. Both of them!

  7. Kmrumedy


    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    I was wondering the same thing. The 66 appears to have 70 spacing on rear pickup.
  8. Spacing is different. I've had this bass for over 30 years & when I traded for it I'm sure it was original. Neck is dated june 66 if I remember correctly. But i think you've got it reversed. The 66 was the original spacing and the 70's is when they changed it--like the reissue. Thanks for looking
  9. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    your 66 definitely has the wrong pickup spacing. maybe the neck was put on an early 70's body?
  10. Could be but all the hardware,CTS pots, pick ups, etc etc plus a featherweight body tell me otherwise. Hell, fender changed stuff up all the time...still does.
  11. Remember what you're looking at..a picture of a 66 next to a 2013 model NOT a 66 next to a 70's model. Spacing could be questionable but it is what it is. This is what really turns me off with the vintage model stuff. Everyone takes what someone else wrote about a particular model as the gospel, has to be that way or it's a fake, switched at birth bastard, or a con man looking to screw somebody big time. These things were made as cheaply as possible, on an assembly line, by semi-skilled workers, by a company trying to make a profit in the most cutthroat business around. Ever worked on an assembly line? You get bored after a while. And these purveyors of the gospel according to whoever are quick to dispel your "original" as a fake and will can only give you a reduced price if you'll sell it to them right now and as soon as you're out of the room it goes back on the rack as the finest example of that model at triple the price you sold it for. Snake oil salesmen have been around for a long time. Remember, NOTHING has any value whatsoever until the money changes hands. It's up to you to determine the value. Anyone see the pawn stars episode where a guy turned DOWN 3/4 of a million bucks for a "legit" jimi hendrix strat? Get real people, get real.
    Please excuse the pontification--long gig last night--sleep ain't happening
  12. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
    What's the weight like on your MIJ 66?
  13. Kmrumedy


    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Agreed but you have it reversed. Look at any picture of an original 66 and you'll see your 66 has the later body spacing that was used in the 70's.

    Your FSR is amazing! It should sell quickly.
  14. drums1977

    drums1977 Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2008
    Just for the record, about the decal. I have seen many Vintage Fenders (from all eras) to have a different decal positioning. I own a 66 JBass (transition model, dots and binding), and the decal is like the 2013 you are selling, meaning the "contour body" bit is placed next to the rest of the decal, not at the end of the headstock. There are countless examples of this. I have read before that the decal being "in one piece" is "wrong", but I think that is nonsense. Fender is famous for its inconsistency, but I doubt Fender will manufacture a whole series of reissues with the "wrong" positioning, or even worse than that, would a Custom Shop masterbuilt model be finished "wrongly", like this example on ebay?

    I just imagine that back then at the factory, the decals where placed on a roll/piece of paper in one piece. I suppose the workers were told to cut off the "contour body" bit and place it at the end of the headstock; I imagine some of them just forgetting, or just not bothering to do it.

    Here is my 66 headstock:


    And about the PU spacing, here is mine's. I think it is similar to your original 66.


    Just my two cents.
  15. JeffplaysBass

    JeffplaysBass Banned

    Jan 22, 2011
  16. drums1977

    drums1977 Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2008
    That is not the bass for sale, is another 66 just for comparison. Sorry if that created confusion.
  17. I agree with you entirely. The only consistancy about fender is inconsistancy or rather the human element.
    Beautiful bass man, wish mine had a matching headstock. I see what you mean about the decal.
  18. THORRR

    THORRR Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Parker, Colorado
    I am old enough to tell you I was there when these things
    were happening.

    70's spacing brought the bridge pup closer to the bridge
    by about 1/4" to conceal it better under the ashtray bridge cover.
    Prior to that it used to protrude slightly from under the cover.
    It was a cosmetic fix, not designed to change the tone.

    One time when I refinished the neck on my 56 Strat, I
    wrote to Fender requesting a replacement decal, and
    I received it in the mail. Leo was very good about things
    like that. The "Original Contour Body" section of the decal
    was a separate piece on the decal sheet.

    It was always on the round scroll section of Fender guitars
    at that time. It wasn't until many years later that I noticed
    production models with it all as one decal.

    These little inconsistencies that show up on used bass offerings
    make it difficult to properly discern what is "real vintage" or not.

    I make no claims nor any accusations. I'm only stating
    the facts as I know them from over 50 years of being an
    enthusiastic Fender fan.

  19. rybass309

    rybass309 Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2011
    free bump for the MIJ 66 jazz. I just got one and they are KILLER! Great necks on these.
  20. sneha1965 haven't forgotten you. The MIJ 66 weighs 8.8 lbs on my bathroom scales.

    Thanks thorr, nice to hear from someone who knows. I love fender basses, I've been playing them for years--tried others but always came back. The fact that they're still going strong proves that Leo was quite a designer/inventor/innovator/businessman/etc etc etc. I'd put him in the same group as John M Browning. These guys got it right the first time. Rare company indeed!

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