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Not the prettiest gal at the ball... (56k DEATH J-bass porn)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Superreverb, Apr 15, 2010.


  1. Superreverb

    Superreverb

    Mar 29, 2010
    But she's my baby....

    The light was nice this morning out on the deck, so I decided to finally get some pics of my Jazz Bass.

    She's late '66 judging from the serial number and the date codes on the original pots. I bought her when I was in college and wanted to learn to play bass (I'd played guitar for years, but wanted a challenge). A friend who owned a music store had her tucked back in a deep, dark closet for about 6-years prior to me buying her. A guy had dropped it off for repair, or some-such, then just disappeared. Lucky me.

    She was in god-awful shape when I got her: Ski-jump neck; heavy flat-wounds about 3/4" from the frets; saddle screws "loc-tited" in place with an entire bottle of pink nail polish; grunge, funk, and mold all over the finish; major belt buckle rash; missing pickguard; and wired in a piss-poor approximation of "stereo" complete with drill bit "routing" for a Strat output jack cup.

    I nursed her back to playability and have been loving her ever since. Not bad for 75-bucks :D

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  2. the art guy

    the art guy Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2008
    Iowa
    Wow - great photos. And a bad**s bass too.
     
  3. Simply beautiful.
     
  4. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Hey! That was MY bass. The shop owner said he would hold it indefinitely. I'll PM you my addy for shipping. :D
     
  5. 3toes

    3toes

    Aug 30, 2006
    Charleston, South Carolina
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Looks awesome. But the headstock decal looks to be that of a early to mid 70s jazz, not a 66.
     
  6. TC2112

    TC2112 Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2009
    Parke County, Indiana
    I got 2 words for you - MO JO

    I always like the ones that weren't so pretty - a little easier and much more grateful. She's a keeper.
     
  7. Superreverb

    Superreverb

    Mar 29, 2010
    Dunno 'bout that. Everyone "in the know" that's ever looked at it has drawn the same conclusion as to its age (American Guitar Center/John Sprung - he sold me the replacement PG, Southworth Guitars). The original case it came with is from that era as well.
     
  8. Stunning. Please post a sound clip... would love to put a voice with a face.

    Love one of a kind instruments.
     
  9. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Beautiful bass, but it isn't a 66. The decal indicates a 68 or later (68-75...66 would be the gold transition), and the pot codes being a 66....well, in 66 Fender bought a HUGE stockpile of pots....so nearly every Jazz or P Bass you see through 69 will have pots from 66. Most likely your bass is from 68 or 69, even though the serial dates it to 66/67. It was common to see mismatches on Fender basses like that. Also note the tuners. Most (but not all) 66 Jazzes have oval keys.

    Lovely bass though...absolutely gorgeous !
     
  10. Superreverb

    Superreverb

    Mar 29, 2010
    Well - there ya go. The internet is a wonderful thing which wasn't around when I bought her (1986). Back then, I was told that she probably left the factory very close to the end of the year: Nov or Dec of '66. Looks now like I'm the proud owner of 68-69 Jazz Bass. All this time, the bitch was lyin' about her age.... :D
     
  11. Yeah but she's YOUNGER than you thought, so........:p
     
  12. Fionntallica

    Fionntallica

    Jan 12, 2010
    Wow! Thats pretty amazing.....
     
  13. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    They all lie about their age sooner or later !!!

    :D

    You might pull the neck and check for a date stamp. (If there's no stamp it is probably a 69....pretty common for them to have no stamps from 69-the early 80's) That can also clear up some mystery. Also, the pickups - you might find a date code on them that isn't visible in the pics.

    The bridge - Sometime in 69/early 70 Fender went to a single groove saddle (and long G string intonation screw), so your bass is "at the latest" a 69.

    Did I mention that I love your bass ?

    :D
     
  14. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    It's gorgeous. I even like the red tape over the hole rather than a fill and refin or leaving the Strat jack in there.
     
  15. Superreverb

    Superreverb

    Mar 29, 2010
    Maybe one of these days I'll pull the neck. I haven't had it off since a few days after buying it and don't recall looking for a stamp. That neck was sooooo bowed that I had to do a straightedge-clamps-heatlamp treatment to get it straight again (suggested to me by "Marty," the then guitar repairman at Chuck Levin's Washington Music).

    As for lovin' my bass, I do too!! I played her for Grandparents' Day at my kids' school a few weeks back and was in heaven. For the next school concert (which was Beatles' stuff) a week later, my Daughter insisted that I play my CIJ Paisley P-bass reissue, "'cause it looks so "hippie, Dad!!". Nice bass, but I was really missing my J-bass: Felt like I was cheating on her... :(

    Caught in the act:

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  16. Superreverb

    Superreverb

    Mar 29, 2010
    I've looked into a fill/refin, but decided that I should just leave it alone - cover it with tape. Just a minor, yet interesting, imperfection, IMO - like the beautiful woman who has a scar on an otherwise perfect body. Makes her that much more beautiful and interesting...
     
  17. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    well I'm digging the Paisley too... Whatever the year - the J certainly has character.
     
  18. Matt R.

    Matt R.

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    I'm curious- The truss rod nut isn't visible at all. Does it still turn? Looks like it's been adjusted to death. In any case, killer bass, and beautiful:)
     
  19. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    I know what you mean - I recently bought a early 70's Jazz (72 or 73) that has a hole in the body, and I figured that she "earned her scars", so I should just leave it there instead of filling it. The hole, thanks to someone here on Talkbass, has now been named the "Hoodoo Hole"....which is tremendously appropriate given who the former owner was !




    71-73JAZZBASSS.

    71-73JAZZBASSO.
     
  20. Tonegasm

    Tonegasm

    Mar 22, 2010
    NJ
    I'd finger her all night long.

    She's a beaut!
     

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