IDing a Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NightOwl71, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. NightOwl71


    Nov 30, 2012
    So I've got a local craigslist seller nearby that has an interesting bass for sale, and I thought some of the gurus here might be able to help me ID it. He apparently has no idea of the details, but says the serial indicates it was made in 97-98. (He should send the serial soon)

    The pictures are terrible, so I'll upload better ones when he sends them, but until then here's the list of features I've observed.

    Rosewood board with dot inlays
    Headstock looks like an American Standard with "made in u.s.a." And "JAZZ BASS" block lettering.

    4 control knobs (3 normal, 1 small)
    Battery cover on back, probably active?
    Strings through body
    Jazz pickup config
    The color is an interesting transparent blue that looks to be sort of a solid blue burst at the edges. It looks similar to the transparent blue of this steinberger.

    The color is really whats throwing me, since I can't seem to find any examples of Fenders with that color. Obviously pictures will be very helpful, and I'll upload them as soon as I get some better ones from him.

    Any thoughts or ideas as to what model this is would be appreciated!
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    It's a "Deluxe Jazz Bass" from the late 1990's (this one is a '97)
  3. Is the(pictured)bass 20 or 22-fret? Not doubting the ID job- the color may indeed peg it
  4. dcalde78


    Apr 17, 2012
    Looks to me like it's one of the 22 fret "boner basses" that Fender made.
  5. NightOwl71


    Nov 30, 2012
    Nailed it! That is the exact color. The one I'm looking at is a plain white pickguard, but same color.

    It's a 22 fret, I believe.
  6. DudeWheresMy182


    Jun 23, 2004
    Doesn't it have the Suhr preamp? Had a 5 string version of this with the red burst, it was sweet!!!!