Is this an authentic Fender CS Jazz Cunetto Relic

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Session1969, May 25, 2017.

  1. Session1969

    Session1969 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Hi, I came across this bass for a local sale and I'm wondering what your thoughts are as to it's authenticity. I guess I'm dubious because of the markings over the stamping on the back of the headstock. I know its a relic and maybe it's my paranoia. 00O0O_a29BSW9LiAE_600x450.jpg 1207.jpeg 1205.jpeg 00X0X_ef84pvBBWCm_600x450.jpg 1209.jpeg
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  2. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    I don't like the look of the decal on the headstock. The "JAZZ BASS" font appears larger than I would expect. Also, the relicing doesn't look consistent with what I would consider a Fender Heavy Relic. I guess if it is being sold at a good price and is a good player, it might be a fine bass. But if it is priced as a Fender Custom Shop, I think I would pass and look for a better specimen.
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  3. drums1977


    Mar 31, 2008
    Look in the neck pocket. The answer to your question is probably there.
  4. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    What kind of strings are those?
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  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    This. The neck pocket as well as the pickup routes will have "RELIC" and/or "REISSUE" stamped into the wood. Also, you can send Fender CS the serial and they will confirm it. Bear in mind the Custom Shop double dips on serials, don't freak out if your serial is registered to something else just ask them to check again.
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  6. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    It doesn't look like a fender CS cunetto relic jazz bass to me.
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  7. Session1969

    Session1969 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Of all the examples I've looked up, not one has relicing over the stamp. The seller is asking $1950.
  8. drums1977


    Mar 31, 2008
    I does look like a Cunetto to me... But that doesn't matter at all. Take it apart, that's what matters.
  9. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005

  10. Agreed, something is not right. I call red flag.
  11. 50 cents says the seller will refuse to do this.
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  12. drums1977


    Mar 31, 2008
    Buy that bass, mate.
  13. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Check the neck pocket. Several things seem correct about that bass, and several things don't. Proceed with caution.
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  14. davidhilton

    davidhilton Commercial User

    Apr 13, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Looks legit, and the serial number matches a RELIC 60S JAZZ BASS 3SB.
  15. danosix


    May 30, 2012
    Don't do it.
    All the cunettos I can see on the interrwebs have much shinier hardware. And that scratched off CD logo is just too suspicious.
  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    It looks to check out.


    Chris Shearer (Fender)

    May 25, 15:45 MST

    Hello XXXXXXX,
    That serial pulls up a Relic 60's Jazz bass in 3 Tone Sunburst finish that left the Custom Shop in December of 1996. I've included its factory spec sheet below for you so that you can compare its current state to the original build specs. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

    Model Name: Relic ‘60s Jazz Bass
    Model Number: 019-6300-800
    Series: Custom Shop "Relics" Series
    Body: Alder
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Round Laminate Rosewood
    No. of Frets: 20
    Scale Length: 34” (864 mm)
    Width @ Nut: 1.500” (38 mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Vintage Style
    Bridge: Vintage Jazz
    Pickguard: Tortoise Shell
    Pickups: Vintage Jazz Bass
    Pickup Switching: N/A
    Controls: Volume, Volume, Tone
    Colors: (800) 3-Color Sunburst, (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
    Strings: Super 7250ML, #073-7250-005, (.045, .065, .080, .100)
    Other Features:
    Source: U.S. Fender Custom Shop
    Accessories: Brown Tolex Case, Strap, Cable
    U.S. MSRP: $2,599.99
    INTRODUCED: 1995
    DISCONTINUED: 1/1999
    WRENCH SIZES: NOTICE: Prices and Specifications Subject to Change Without Notice


    Chris Shearer
    Representative, Consumer Relations/U.S. Direct Sales
    Fender Musical Instruments Corp. 17600 N. Perimeter Drive, Suite 100
    Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    Telephone: 480-845-5135

  17. drums1977


    Mar 31, 2008
    I knew it ;)
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  18. Session1969

    Session1969 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Wow ! Thank you.
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  19. Ace Of Bass

    Ace Of Bass A Rooster Illusion

    Jun 27, 2006
    I wouldn't mess with that myself...
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