Help ID-ing a JV Squier Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kumimajava, Feb 12, 2022.

Worth a punt?

Poll closed Feb 19, 2022.
  1. Looks legit, go for it.

    0 vote(s)
  2. Sketchy, avoid.

    0 vote(s)
  3. Feburary is cold, carrots not in season.

    1 vote(s)
  1. kumimajava

    kumimajava Supporting Member

    May 19, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    Hope this is an ok query to post here, but even after searching/reading all the JV threads on TB, i'm still not sure.

    This bass popped up on one of the local fleamarket sites, and I can't quite figure out if it's a legit Squier/Fender, whether the body has been refinished, etc. The pics aren't great quality, but if the bass is a genuine early-JV serial, it might be close to it being a 'birthyear bass' for me, and perhaps worth a punt?

    What in particular I'm unsure about:
    - haven't seen a JV in this color before. So perhaps a repaint?

    - typically JV's tend to have the screw-threaded/mutli-groove saddles, but these are smooth with one groove only.

    Pics below:

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    Any comments highly appreciated :)
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2022
  2. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    The tuners also look a bit off. My personal opinion about the bass is that it was probably made for a different market (maybe Europe or Japan), therefore is has Different hardware.

    About the finish , From the pictures , It looks like a refinish.

    if the price is right , why not just buy it? If you don’t like it , you would certainly be able to sell for what you paid for.
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  3. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    Squier made tuning machines like that.
    Looks similar to these, but repainted and the blue one doesn't have squier knobs. Back then japanese fender and squier jazz knobs had pointy edges. Bridge barrels aren't threaded. Also notice many japanese jazz basses have pickguards with the center screw, and holes for the pickup cover but not the thumbrest.
    Squier JV Jazz
    Squier JV Jazz Seafoam Green | The Bass Gallery | Reverb
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2022
  4. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    I’d buy it...
  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Beware the spores from an unknown planet!
  6. kumimajava

    kumimajava Supporting Member

    May 19, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    Indeed - a 'project' for sure...
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  7. kumimajava

    kumimajava Supporting Member

    May 19, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    Thanks, that's really helpful!