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Please Help Me Identify This Fender!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tondogg162, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. tondogg162


    Aug 23, 2012
    Hi guys,
    I know someone who may be willing to sell this bass. They don't have any info on the instrument and the seller inherited it from a family member. Would anyone be able to help me identify the year and/or fair price?
    I initially thought 70's because of the block inlays and truss rod Allen wrench adjustment at the headstock but I noticed that the serial number says "s/n B001240". I've never seen any 70's bass that begins with a letter. As far as I know, the usually start with S and then the second digit of the year it was produced (S7 = 77'). I think it may be a replacement neck on a separate body (not from the factory) but, if that's the case, I can't really tell how old the body might be. Please help!

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  3. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    I'm gonna say "parts-bass". The body has none of the extra routing for the Miller-sig's preamp and battery. Nope, I stand corrected! :oops:
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2018
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  4. John Cribbin

    John Cribbin

    Jan 5, 2018
    The B+6 numbers on a MIJ dates the neck at least to 1985-86. For the body, you'd really need to see the stamps in the neck pocket for more info.
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  5. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Looks like a MIJ '75 reissue. I remember seeing these when they came out in the mid/late '80s.
  6. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I think that's a MIJ 70's reissue. great basses . Last few I saw sold for $700-$1000
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  7. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Its not a Marcus, its just the regular MIJ 75 reissue. Japan uses the wrong 3.6" pickup spacing on that model.
    Ive had those, there are no date stamps
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  8. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    …and the "Marcus Miller" signature on the headstock? ;)
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  9. tondogg162


    Aug 23, 2012
    Thanks so much guys. Yeah after looking at similar models, it looks like a 1985-1985 MIJ 75' Reissue. Thanks again
  10. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    You need to look at the pictures again. :D

    The OP put pictures of a 75RI.
    Someone else (FenderOli) posted a picture of a Marcus headstock.
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  11. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    “wrong” pickup spacing? I was unaware that God himself had dictated pickup spacings. Is this somewhere in Leviticus? ;-)
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  12. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    giphy. :D
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  13. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    I believe that he means the pickup spacing is wrong for a '75. I recollect that Fender moved the rear pickup a bit closer to the bridge sometime during 1974 to get a tone more useful for slap players.
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  14. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Fender moved it to hide it better under the ashtray. Accommodating a dozen guys who played slap at that time wasn’t high on Fender’s list of priorities. Yes, it may have worked better for them, but that was accidental.
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