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late 60's - 70's Jazz Bass Neck Autheticity?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by baconmpanada, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. I've been trying to verify the authenticity of this "vintage" jazz bass neck's authenticity. I haven't seen it personally but here are some quick facts by the seller.

    - there seems to be no visible marks at the heel to indicate it's year
    - serial number is not present in the neck plate, it's not marked with an F either
    - 4-bolt neck
    - Fender stamped tuners were replaced with gotoh type tuners in the 80's

    - The neck is maple with black bounded fretboard and block inlays.
    - trussrod adjustment is in the neck heel instead of bullet type.

    I compared it with a jazz bass i saw off ebay with similar neck featuers

    My concerns:
    - the string guide doesn't seem to be the fender standard type
    - The jazz bass decal doesn't seem to end at the right place, i noticed that usually the last S of the word bass, would fall just beside the tuning peg hole(though it looks proportional)
    - the tuning peg hole seems smaller than usual

    hope that some forumers can shed some light
  2. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I wouldn't touch this neck.
    The maple board/black-block necks have a walnut truss plug on the headstock. The neck in question does not have it.
    The sharp radius of the headstock shape by the E tuner is way too sharp. And the Jazz Bass part of the decal looks too small. And you also noticed the string tree is not a Fender tree.

    Look at the walnut truss plug here:
  3. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Run away quickly. Fakeroo
  4. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef Formerly "thebrian" Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Caca knows his Fenders^^. The headstock shape is definitely wrong and no walnut plug.. although the early maple black block Fender Jazz necks ('68-71 or so) won't have the walnut plug because they are laminated maple boards (just like a rosewood board). In about '71, they started using one-piece maple necks and those will have the walnut skunk stripe on the back and the plug as Caca mentioned.

    That neck looks bogus.
  5. bikeplate


    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
  6. thanks Caca, FranF, thebrain and bikeplate for your inputs! Appreciate the help!
  7. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef Formerly "thebrian" Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    I always read "Caca" as casa for some reason, sorry man.