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Help Identifying Fender Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JStrawhand, Apr 11, 2009.


  1. JStrawhand

    JStrawhand

    Apr 11, 2009
    I've tried looking over various sources in google, and can't seem to find a guitar exactly like this one. I had originally thought this was a 1962 or 1963 bass, but the block-type fret markers make it seem more likely to be from the 70's.

    I can't seem to find another one with the block fret markers and only two knobs.

    Thanks for the help!
     

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  2. jonno1707

    jonno1707 Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2006
    Nanuet N.Y.
    You wont...That neck if original fender is early seventies and the two control knob layout was 60-62 so it looks to be a parts bass...
     
  3. Screw it open, check the neck cavity, under the pickguard and the control cavity.
     
  4. JStrawhand

    JStrawhand

    Apr 11, 2009
    The serial number printed on the back indicates that it is a 1961.

    I guess that could be my issue.
     
  5. JStrawhand

    JStrawhand

    Apr 11, 2009

    What am I looking for by doing this?
     
  6. jonno1707

    jonno1707 Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2006
    Nanuet N.Y.
    The body may perhaps be all 1962 BUT the neck is early seventies check the heel for a date...
     
  7. JStrawhand

    JStrawhand

    Apr 11, 2009

    I can't find a date anywhere on it.

    The only numbers are patent numbers and the serial number on the plate.
     
  8. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    You never use the serial alone to date a Fender.

    Looking at the picture, it's a cobbled together bass from two diffrernt era's. Now, if those really are original a 70-73 neck, and a 60-62 body, then the bass would still be very valuable.
    But there's a good chance the body and electronics is a reissue. The picture kinda sucks.
     
  9. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The date numbers aren't visible just looking at it. You have to completely disassemble the bass to get the date codes off of everything.
     
  10. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    It looks like could also be a 62 RI J body with a '70s neck. Numbered neckplates can be found on ebay so I wouldn't completely trust that.
     
  11. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavey equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Minnesota
    Without better pics I myself cant help. I would like to see pics of the pots and the neck heel and some better close ups in general.
     
  12. JStrawhand

    JStrawhand

    Apr 11, 2009
    I'll try to take some close-ups a little later. Thanks for the help so far.
     
  13. Yeah, it looks like a Fender Jazz bass. Black body, tort PG, maple fingerboard with block inlays.
     
  14. JStrawhand

    JStrawhand

    Apr 11, 2009
    More pics, can't figure how to do more than 2, so more incoming.
     

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  15. JStrawhand

    JStrawhand

    Apr 11, 2009
    More.
     

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  16. JStrawhand

    JStrawhand

    Apr 11, 2009
    Last one. Camera died.
     

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  17. JStrawhand

    JStrawhand

    Apr 11, 2009
    Sorry for blurriness. Think camera needs to be adjusted or something.
     
  18. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    attachment.



    Truss rod at the headstock.




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  19. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Can those pictures possibly be any more worse than that!!! They really suck.
    It is important to see the sharp details of the body components to see if it's wearing reissue parts.
    Also need to have the control plate assembly removed so we can see the backs of the pots and wiring. The underside of the pickups would be nice too.
    I especially need to see what type of screws are holding the chrome ashtrays on. if they're pickguard screws, then it's reissue. But if they're small pan-head screws like the control plate, then would seem more original.
     
  20. jonno1707

    jonno1707 Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2006
    Nanuet N.Y.
    Truss at headstock with black blocks and binding and old logo ...very rare makes it either a 74-75 but I am not sure they were doing black blocks that late or perhaps a non original aftermarket neck altogether...
     

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