Real-deal late-1960s/Early-70s Fender Jazz discovery today in GC parking lot

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Josh Thatguy, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Went by gui**** Center today to trade couple of pedals, and I saw an olllllld man (hunched over, walking slllllow, long-sleeve plaid shirt from around 1979 even though it was 95* outside, note the distinctive pleather old-man shoe in the top-left of the second picture) creeping towards a pickup truck, shuffling along with an ollllllld Fender bass case.

    I asked him if there was anything inside, and lo and behold.... the Jazz you see here. It's a refinish in not-so-good black, and he said it was originally a sunburst. He said he bought it new at a Little Rock music store "around 1967 or 1968, or it might have been around 1970, or maybe 1971..."
    He took 5 minutes trying to remember when he had it refinished, which he finally guessed was about 1980. When I asked him, he said that was the only time the neck has been off of it.

    It seemed to be a real lightweight, lighter than the Geddy and American Standard I goofed off with when I went into GC. Or maybe it's just that such a holy object as the old man's original is drawn towards the heavens and therefore gravity has less pull on it.

    Said he's trying to sell it, looking for $3,000 because that's what someone told him it was worth " a few years ago."

    At least I can say I played the opening riffs to Limelight and Red Barchetta on it..... and it felt pretty damn good.





  2. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    Trying to get $3,000 from GC? You should have stuck around to see him yell at the staff!
  3. dtraxe


    Mar 21, 2013
    North New Jersey
    Looks sweet. But $3000? more like $1800 - $2400
  4. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Is that a poly neck with a lacquer spray over the decal that has darkened with age? At first I thought it was a Jazz Special from the color. Bass has a cool vibe, but I can't see it being 3K worth of vibe. As a refin I believe dtraxe is pretty close.
  5. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    That bass has seen some really smokey bars judging by the exteme darkening of the headstock face as well as the very yellowed pickguard edges.

    2-2200 in my book.