Original Price of a Fender Jazz Bass in 1970-1973?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mike Mills Fan, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. Mike Mills Fan

    Mike Mills Fan

    May 4, 2020
    Hi there,

    I've been looking for a price list from the early 70's but I can't find one. Do you know how much a Jazz Bass did cost in 1970-1973?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. RColie

    RColie My dogs are Eurasiers, not Collies! Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2007
    St Louis, MO

    I bought a new 1972 Fender Jazz Bass (in May 1972) and paid $245.00. I don't remember if that was the list price or included a discount.

  3. jthisdell


    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    I bought a 71 P in 76 for $275
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  4. I bought a new P bass in 1970 for 250.00 w case. I was 17 and this was a layaway so you know I didn't get a deal. Maybe what, 20 bucks more for a Jazz?
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  5. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    they jumped to $275 post '70 but that was flexible. a decade later they were the $ame used.
  6. lowend54


    Nov 2, 2010
    I was trying to find out the same things you get a price list please post it.
    I bought a used '70 Jazz in '71. I think I paid $250 in a hard case. But my memories of that era are ... foggy.
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  7. chiplexic


    Apr 21, 2004
    $250 in 1970 is equal to $1694.68 in 2021. That's 577.9% inflation according to usinflation calculator . Com
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  8. Spupilup

    Spupilup Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2019
    While not a Jazz bass, I remember a new sunburst Precision hanging on the wall if Eastchester Music in 1971 with a $180 price tag dangling from its neck. I was in the store with my folks buying my first bass, a Norma violin shaped bass. They were willing to spring for the Norma at $75 but there was no way they were shelling out for the cost of the P bass.
  9. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
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    1972 2nd price is case
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    1973 2nd price is case
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  11. 64jazzbass

    64jazzbass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2002
    Chicago, Il
    My Dad bought me a Jazz Bass in 1973 for $279.00. Thanks Dad.
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  12. SJan3


    Dec 8, 2010
    and a new American Pro ll Jazz Bass MAPs for $1599. Right on the button!
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  13. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    lowend54 asked for a price list. i delivered 3.
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  14. foal30

    foal30 Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    I was born in 1972
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  15. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    And what did you cost? :laugh:
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  16. foal30

    foal30 Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    Less than the hard case
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  17. foal30

    foal30 Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    image.jpeg My 1971/2 Jazz Bass
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  18. LadyLoveStingRay5


    Jul 17, 2004
    Thanks for posting the price list. I now know that 72 was last year for Sonic Blue, Natural was introduced in 72, and walnut in 73.

    I also didn’t realize maple necks were an upcharge and that you had to pay extra for the case.

    Interesting that lefty basses and case cost more as well.
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  19. I bought a 1972 Jazz Bass from the PX in Germany including the case, while I was in the service in 1972. It was natural ash with black blocks. Paid $269. delivered.
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  20. Spupilup

    Spupilup Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2019
    That makes sense. My father bought me a Ric 4001 for my 13th birthday in ‘73 and it was $350. I still feel a twinge of guilt for having pressured him into spending that kind of money on a 13 year old brat!
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