Real or Fake 1961 Jazz - discuss.....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by richntiff, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Looks like an American Vintage '62 Reissue to me. From that bad and very small photo bass looks new.
    Would need to see many more and better pics and see it in person anyways.
  2. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I know that when I want to get $15,000 for a guitar, I put it on CL with a single, poor quality photo. I usually keep the description to the bare minimum, and I don't perform due diligence and confirm that what I'm selling is actually what I'm claiming it to be.
  3. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    As someone said, for a $15000.00 Bass. You need way better pictures than that.
    I would not go near that without better documentation.
  4. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
  5. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    I would NEVER spend $15K on a bass that I have not first examined, myself, AND, got a second opinion on. Especially one that is claimed to have been a "display" item for 60 years.
    I'm not saying it's a fake, I'm merely pointing out an old, very basic, and extremely apropos, adage: "Buyer beware".
  6. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
  7. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    I'm wondering why two of you think it's a reissue? I can't tell if it's real or not, but I can't tell if it's a reissue any better and am wondering what you see that convinces you. Thanks.
  8. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    No way to tell for sure without better pix. No way the bass sells with the listing the way that it is.
  9. Something doesn't hang together. Fender stopped the VT VT arrangement in August 1961 if I remember correctly so the bass cannot be '62. The vagueness of the ad is odd since the serial number can normally be reasonably accurately aged.

  10. MIMike


    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    No reason to be uptight over it. The ad clearly states; "This is not an 'as is' sale. The sale will not be complete until the buyer is 100% satisfied with the instrument."
    So, go,check it out, take someone who can help verify its age, and end up 100% satisfied that it either is or is not legit.
  11. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    i wouldn't pay 15K for a bass even if paul mccartney was selling it himself.
  12. ReiPsaeg


    Dec 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    That price could do without the extra 9.
  13. PJRL


    Mar 27, 2010
    greenfield center NY
    The problem with something like this is....First you need to be able to sit down with the owner and ID everything to the most minute detail as you look at it. Completly take it apart and date / verify everything.

    Yea it looks like a 62 RI but it's just a picture. What's a real 61 worth in 100% original & great condition, not sure....

    Tough to buy something like that from a private seller.

    Also, I would ask the seller what the serial # is on the neck plate, if it starts with a V then we pretty much know the story on this one....;)
  14. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    The biggest red flag based on the single photo to me is the burst. It's just wrong for a 60's Fender.
  15. tort guard looks nothing like a 60s one. AVRI for sure.

    from the description, whoever is selling it isn't trying to dupe anyone, they were just duped when they bought it and probably legitimately believe its an actual 62.
  16. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Wow, you too?!?! I sell really expensive stuff the same way, especially on Craigslist.
  17. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    They're not clay dots. Fake.
  18. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Not fake at all, it's an AVRI.