FS: Fender Custom Shop Jaco Pastorius Signature Fretless Jazz bass - Serial # 008 Ready to Ship! Greetings, and thanks for your interest. Up for sale is a true collector's dream. Let me break it down for you… What it’s all about: This is serial number 008 (out of the first 100) of the Custom Shop Pastorius Artist bass. The first Jaco Pastorius Signature Basses were made in a limited run of 100 instruments in 1991. This was the result of a collaboration between the Fender Custom Shop and The Bass Centre in California, along with former Jaco bass tech Kevin Kaufman. They were commissioned by The Bass Centre to be built by Fender Custom Shop. It comes setup by him with the Rotosound roundwounds Jaco used, and a special Bass Centre signature backplate with the serial number. You can read more about this bass with these links: http://www.kdiproductions.com/jaco_article.htm http://www.jacopastorius.com/ forum posting Harmony Central Reviews About the Fretboard: I have posted this bass previously and the question came up regarding the coating on the fretboard. It is, in fact, polyester coated, as verified by Mr. Kaufman himself, when I contacted his shop in West Palm, Kaufman Daenzer Productions. He said they opted for the polyester because the epoxy process took much longer. Thanks to Chris for the help in this inquiry; Chris said the Certificate of Authenticity is good, but you could call them at 561-832-1249 if you had any more questions. What’s its condition?: This bass is in excellent condition; please see the pictures, particularly the ones with reflected light to see its lack of scratches. The only thing on this bass that I would consider a blemish is the barely noticeable scuff on the back near the jack (see last picture) which was there when I got it. Other than that it’s super clean, never gigged and hardly ever seen sunlight. Even the case is super clean! How/when I got it: Estate sale about 4 years ago. Why I’m selling it: A few simple reasons. First of all, I’m not a very good bass player, so I’m not really worthy of even owning it. Secondly, I’m trying to thin my collection down to the basics, and I don’t even like to touch this bass, much less play it. So why keep it sitting around when it could be in better hands? What it comes with: Comes with Original style chrome hardware, including reverse tuning machine and bridge, Rotosound RS66 Swing Bass strings- the same set used by Jaco, original style brown hardshell case, engraved neckplate with Jaco's signature and serial number, certificate of authenticity signed by John Page of the Fender Custom Shop (see picture), original leather strap and cable, cleaning cloth and tags. Why you should buy it: If you’re a real Jaco collector you don’t want to pass up the opportunity to own this bass. It’s a rarity to get such a low serial number, and its condition is outstanding. These basses are increasing in value and and this one will increase more as it nears its 20th anniversary. Check out a recording I made with the bass going through a Line 6 BassPOD’s Acoustic 360. I made a feeble attempt at the first lines of “A Remark You Made”. Terms of Sale: Selling for $2300 and buyer pays shipping (I’ll send a quote), unless an Orlando, FL area pick-up is desired. Not looking for a trade at this time; trying to thin the collection. I accept PayPal (use your credit cards if you like) and Money Order or Cashier’s Check. These methods of payment are quick to verify and you'll get your bass quicker. Upon verification of payment I'll head to the shipping store and get it on its way. I'll e-mail a scan of the shipping receipt with the tracking number on it. Once it is shipped I'm no longer responsible for the bass. Continental US Shipping ESTIMATES: UPS 2-day $180, UPS 3-day $140. Optional insurance is about $20 for its declared value. About Me: I've prepared this lengthy posting because I've bought and sold basses over the internet and I know it's always a concern to make sure you're getting the real deal. You can check my online reputation as eBay member theaerokid and send me a message to verify that it’s me. Please ask any questions to check this out. Ask for more photos if you're seriously considering it. I'm willing to jump through a few hoops, within reason, to make sure you are buying with confidence. Thanks!