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Is this a real fender?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sadie Brulivan, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. Sadie Brulivan

    Sadie Brulivan

    Jan 1, 2020
    Gifted to me, don’t know anything about bass guitars upload_2020-1-1_19-48-3.png upload_2020-1-1_19-48-18.png upload_2020-1-1_19-48-18.png upload_2020-1-1_19-48-30.png upload_2020-1-1_19-48-57.png upload_2020-1-1_19-48-3.png
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  2. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra. Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    I'm not an expert on Fender Jazz bases, but this looks legit to me. Someone here can probably give you an idea of the vintage by the placement of the serial number on the neck plate. And the "contour body" line on the headstock. I'm guessing it's 70s.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2020
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  3. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph provider

    Not an expert either, but I've never seen "jazz bass" written that way before. The rest does look legit though. Is it a pic angles thing or is that neck a little off (4th pic) ?
  4. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    "F" plate, and neck are not Fender. Not sure about the body.
  5. Hiya,
    The only way to really tell is to pull the neck and hope a date stamp is there and "licensed by Fender" stamp isn't.

    It looks like a '70's "bullet" neck but the head stock decal doesn't look quite right for a '70's era instrument, I thought they dropped the "des" in the late '60's, like 68 or so. Also, the font in the waterslide is off to me but I don't have a bullet era bass to compare it to.
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  6. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006

    Also, the "skunk stripe" looks too wide to be a Fender.
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  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I'd say no just based on that huge fake logo on the headstock.
  8. bolophonic

    bolophonic Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    That font looks odd to me.
  9. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Nothing Fender there. Chinese neck, tuners, bridge, knobs. Fake decal, neck plate, etc.
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  10. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat...... Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Jax Florida
    If it sounds and plays good enjoy it.
  11. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    This. 100% not a Fender.
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  12. Thum5b


    Dec 24, 2019
    What's up with the strings?
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  13. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    True, this bass could be a great player even if fake. But he should authenticate it all the same whether for reselling options or just plain natural curiosity.

    It looks a bit odd, so maybe a fake, but maybe not all of it is fake and old authentic parts can still be valuable.
  14. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Might not be a genuine Fender but...
    Someone gave it to you.
    It looks good.
    If it plays and sounds good, that's all that really matters.
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  15. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    If its playable, you won , complete with HSC? Yeah, it's a fake Fender, big whup. Millions floating around. I'd refin that and flog it hard.
  16. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    Based on the logo, neckplate, and some other things, I'd say it does not look like a real Fender bass, but it doesn't look too bad, really... for free, it's definitely worth it. ;)
  17. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    To the OP: you are getting alot advice to enjoy the free bass, but you haven't indicated whether you play bass or are even interested in playing bass, so if you don't care about playing, that doesn't really help.

    We can only do so much with pictures. Some have pointed out some oddities that suggest it's fake, but to really know you should take it to a guitar shop and ask if they or someone else can tell what it is. Even a fake might have valuable authentic parts on it. Or it could have started out real and previous owners modded or replaced parts with no intention of perpetrating a fraudulent sale. In short, it is worth taking it to someone knowledgeable in person. Good luck.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2020
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  18. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    Not a Fender.
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  19. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Suspended Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Definitely not a Fender, but you got your moneys worth. :D
  20. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    If you intend on selling it, please make it very clear to potential buyers that this is a fake Fender or at best a parts bass of unknown pedigree and price it accordingly.
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