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Help me dating this Fender bass called "Frankie"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by plambri, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. plambri


    Nov 20, 2012
    Hi Folks,

    I recently bought from a friends of mine this Fender Jazz bass. I know it's not made of genuine parts (that is the reason of its nick - Frankenstein) but it plays well.

    I wish to date body and neck and understand a little bit more of its history.
    I guess this originally was a Pbass body (because of the original pickup shape) which was modified and then mounted on a Jbass neck (the serial number of the neck is S733091) but I've noticed that the original Pbass pickup was "reversed" compared to the original Pbass position.

    I need Mr. Holmes to reconstruct the history of this bass!
    I took some photo to help me understanding date and parts (I can only attach 2 photos max to this thread).

    Any clue?

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  2. plambri


    Nov 20, 2012
    Other photos of the neck and the bridge

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  3. preside


    Aug 7, 2010
    Scottsdale Az
    That looks to me like a jazz bass someone added a P-bass P/U to then changed thier mind, so it was not originally a P-bass body.
  4. plambri


    Nov 20, 2012
    bridge detail

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  5. plambri


    Nov 20, 2012
    overview and neck plate

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  6. plambri


    Nov 20, 2012

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  7. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    ... 70's Jazz ash body ... 70's pup spacing .. micro-tilt neck ... home of a transient P pup for at least a while ... there will be a few along to detail for you shortly I would imagine ..
  8. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    I had one of these, its most likely a 76 - 79 J Bass, the Bullet Truss Rod and 3 bolt neck are dead give aways.
  9. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Yep - looks like an original mid-to-late-'70's Fender Jazz, 3-bolt neck and all, at some time re-routed to take a P pickup in reverse position. Schecter brass bridge and control plate look early '80s.