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started my search for vintage fender jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gord_oh, Apr 30, 2010.


  1. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Michigan
    My dad and I are redoing his 1968 Impala SS this summer. He just got out of a divorce and decided to fix up his "first wife". To get into the spirit of the era I have been trying to hunt down a 1968 Fender Jazz bass. So far, the search has been slim to none. Either sold, or very out of my price range.

    this for example:
    http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/fender-jazz-bass-olympic-white/1-3,3-1,i-76288/
    priced $9500

    seems a litle high, even more it being as minty as it is.
    but then again, ive never search for a bass this old.

    anyone have tips in searching for a specific year vintage bass?
     
  2. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Michigan
  3. guroove

    guroove

    Oct 13, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Are you looking for an instrument to play, or something to collect? If it's a player, I'd see what the fender custom shop has, or the classifieds on TB for some 80s vintage reissue. If it's for collecting, then I have no clue.
     
  4. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    I know where one is....not "mint" though.
     
  5. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Michigan
    im looking for a player. but something from 1968 specifically.
    i cant see the reason behind spending that much money on something the sits behind glass.
    a bass is meant to be played, like my dads car is meant to be driven.
     
  6. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Michigan
    any info on this?
     
  7. Subscribed- I wanna see what you find.
     
  8. knigel

    knigel

    Apr 20, 2009
    Hopedale, MA
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
    Does it have to be Fender? What about something else from 68?
     
  9. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Michigan
    if i can find a bass from 1968 with the right price, id consider it.
    id prefer a 68 jazz.
     
  10. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    My "Bass Hero" Ted Brooks has one....It's been "well-played" ..but sounds fantstic.
    Blonde with tortoise pickguard..
    Its all original except for the pickups "early 70's DiMarzios"..It has newer tuning machines..but I'm pretty sure he still has the originals (but quite worn)

    He told me he was interested in selling...I'll call him and see if he is serious.
    This is one of the first basses I ever played!!

    PM me if you want me to call him.
     
  11. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Michigan
    yes! that was one style from the 60's i fell in love with.
    if you could figure the price around with the different parts that be awesome!
     
  12. Randall

    Randall

    Aug 6, 2009
    Canada.
    You are lucky. Try finding a 1964 (my birth year) at a good price:eek:
     
  13. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Michigan
    not lucky yet, havent heard a price.
     
  14. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    68'S ARE TOUGH.

    Lots of 69's out there....and Willies has a nice 67 ...but not a lot of 68's. I'll dig around a bit though and see if I can find any.

    Also, you might talk to Kevin at Kebo's...he might be able to locate one for you. I know he recently sold a 68.
     
  15. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Michigan
    dark horse,
    you always have plenty of info and helpful advice.
    you are one of my TB heroes, i hope you know that.
     
  16. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    In my experience, the late 60's blocked Jazz necks were frequently unstable. They needed at lot of truss adjustment and over-reacted to climate. I had one 1968-1977, and don't miss it at all.

    A nice P-bass with a B or C P-bass neck of that era is more findable, but IMHO, the definitive 1968 bass would be an ivory Fender Telecaster bass.
     
  17. santucci218

    santucci218

    Jan 26, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    hey man, i dont know much about that stuff, but from my understanding, Norms Rare Guitars may do hunting for you if you give them a call...
     
  18. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Yeah, be careful with what you buy. By '68, CBS was *just starting* to monkey with Fender production to save money. They hadn't gotten really bad yet, so many Fenders from that time were very good, but some were not.

    And $10 for a '68 J bass? Puh-Leez.
     
  19. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    US
    I wonder if you think there is less chance getting a problem child Fender from the early 60s, rather than the late 60s? My experience says no. These are old basses (early 60s, late 60s, early 70s, etc..), and they have been through a lot :) Instead of recycling the various Fender rantings that make the rounds here on TB, my suggestion is to judge each instrument individually!
     
  20. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    Thanks - I just try to help out when I can. :)
     

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