Opinions Please on a 1964 Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by D Bopp, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    Hey everyone. Well, I am considering buying a 1964 Jazz bass in Candy Apple red with matching headstock. It is all original except for a good refret. It is for sale at a store for $16K but I can get it for $12K. My question is do you think the refret devalues the bass significantly? I was looking in the new price guide and an excellent condition 64 in a custom color is priced bewteen $25 and $30 K.
    The bass sounds and plays fantastic by the way. So how much does a refret affect the resale value if I need to sell it down the road? Thanks
  2. RandomHandle


    Mar 25, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    not sure
    but if your avatar is GlassJoe from super punchout ,:hyper:
    i will make an effort.
  3. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    It devalues it a bit as a collector piece.

    Sounds like an o.k price. I'd try and get it a little lower if possible.

    Do you want it as a "player" or "collectable"?

    Original covers and case as well?

    Are you positive it's the original finish as well?
  4. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    Yes, original finish. I think it comes with original case too. It also comes with the bridge cover. And at that price I wouldn't consider it a players piece, but would still play it a good bit in my house and studio. Here is a pic:[​IMG]
  5. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    and my avatar is not Glass Joe. It's Lil' Mac and Doc from Punch-out!
  6. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Blimey,looks a bit tatty. Cripes... you good get a couple of new one's for that price.
  7. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland

    Feb 11, 2003

    The re-fret does not hurt it that much( common for a bass that old)

    If new fret-job was done, well with vintage style frets.

    12k seems a little high for that bass.

    9k-10k would be more like it.
  8. DBopp-
    Just a thought (and I'm no expert).....
    Whenever I see a bass with that much bare wood, I think of the 'aging' process that seems so popular today. I've got a bass I've been playing for 27 years, and it doesn't one hundredth that much wear. Please be careful since it's such serious money.
  9. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    I know what you mean T.L., but I don't think this was intentionally aged like this. And it is a good refret job.
  10. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    Also, I'm not planning on turning around and selling it, so I think it would be worth more than 12K in a few years or more
  11. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    A couple? You could buy 15 new basses for $12,000. Why waste your money? Are you a "baby boomer" trying to relive your childhood?
  12. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Are you a "teenager" with some kind of class envy?;)

    In 10 years, there's a more than fair chance that will be worth quite a bit more.

    IMO, that's about what I'd expect to pay for a custom color, Pre CBS J bass, w/ the case and covers, and a very well done refret.

    Maybe just a bit on the high side, but definitly in the right ball park IMO.

    Less for a 'burst.
  13. IMO, it looks like a bad vintage work.
  14. Croox


    Sep 16, 2007
    South Side Chicago
    +1 odd looking wear pattern on the back and there should be more wear by the pups depending on the playing style and at the top where its already worn and the neck doesn't look worn at all.

    the insane prices on the vintage instruments are ridiculous I'd say 3-4k tops
  15. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    I'd want verification of originality before I forked over the $$$
  16. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    The wear and tear looks a little unrealistic to me... there seems to be none on the back of the neck? :meh:
  17. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    hahaha everyone is saying it doesnt look real etc from a 300x300 photo..

    What you need to do is ask for them to take it apart in front of you check for neck dates, check for pickup dates, pot dates.

    The wear does not look unrealistic at all, if it was played hard in the 60's-70's when big ol' gaudy belt buckles were the thing then that wear would be rougher on the back of the body and not so much on the neck..

    The neck does have wear I can see it even in that little photo.

    16k is High, 12K is still a bit high considering a refret good or not, I would say 8-9k range since there is heavy wear, and some mods done.

    But with out verifying the pots, neck, body, pickups etc it may not be 100%

    my 2 cents.
  18. casio


    Aug 1, 2007
    I think it has an awesome appeal to it, and I wouldn't say the wear seems unrealistic, on the contrary!
    but I would check the bass well! pups, serials, pots, the works!
    and then offer 10k tops!
    but still seems like a beautiful piece!

    my 2c
  19. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    when I click on the pic, I get a hosting ad...
  20. thumpbass1


    Jul 4, 2004
    I disagree. My 63 P-bass which I'd bought in 72 ended up having the same sort of wear and tear by the time I sold mine by 76. We wore some mighty big belt buckles back then with our brass button fly Lee bell bottom jeans. The old Fender nitro finishes didn't take long to booger up, as for the neck wear, it's hard to tell from the photo that was posted but I'm willing to bet this bass is legit.