Value of my ´73 Jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by prattguy, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. prattguy

    prattguy Guest

    May 31, 2007
    Maracaibo, Venezuela
    Hello fellow TB'ers, i wish to know how much my ´73 Jazz is worth these days.....i know that modded basses lose some of their value but this one is not refinished, it has EMG´s installed because the original ones were dead:crying: and has a Badass II installed too. OK now the "GOOD" part...this bass is the most sweet instrument i´ve touched in terms of playability and sound...the neck is completely straight, did i say it plays like a dream? Has some MOJO too, and i´m proud of it because this puppy has been played!!!(it is what it was made for) and still stands strong showing little signs of fret wear.
    The BAD part is that it seems that i will have to sell it due to financial difficulties, but if i do i will not give it away, i just want to sell it for the right price knowing that it´s not a mint condition instrument and it has some minor mods, but it IS the real thing....any help would be very welcome.

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    your best bet for values of said instruments is ebay completed auctions

    see what they sold for in the past. Then take into fact condition and mods done and you will be able to come up with a ballpark figure.

    Now to purists its worth less since its not 100% original, but that doesn't mean you wont get top dollar for it. Alot of vintage collectors have no problems picking it up and searching for the missing parts to restore it to 100%.

    Good luck and man is she sexy.. :)
  3. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    your best bet for something like this is ebay completed auctions, that usually tells you what people are willing to pay for it, the only caveat being i dont know what that value then translates to for you in venezuela.

    if you can look it up, check out ebay item #160187493017. that one also had replacement pickups, but less wear than yours and it went for $2175.

    hope that helps.
  4. simongpaez

    simongpaez Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    The Woodlands , Texas
    The value should be $100 :smug:, by the way I'll buy it;)
  5. abngourmet

    abngourmet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2004
    I too own a '73. I bought it from Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, TN about 5 years ago for $1350. It came with the original case, which was a bit beat up but worked. One pickup needed to be rewound, the other was intact, but not installed. It had two pickups installed, but they eventually died on me so I bought two Duncans and installed them. I replaced the bridge with a Badass II, replaced the tuners (one of them was going bad; I still have the originals), and eventually dropped in a J-Retro preamp (I have the original plate and pots, along with the original knobs). Pretty much I have all the original parts if I ever wanted to return it to stock (minus the thumb rest and the cover over the neck pickup). Here she is:


    I've seen these things going for $2500 and up depending on the condition. The black block ones are more expensive as they only made them for about three years as I understand it . I've had mine refretted (it needed it pretty bad) professionally, so I imagine purists might be put off by it.

    The suggestion to check eBay is a good one. Gruhn Guitars also offers an appraisal via the web, so you might want to try that.

    Yours has a lot of love showing, so I imagine someone looking for a pristine or near pristine model won't pay top buck, but then again, I've seen some really beat up Fenders go for a bunch. Best to get an appraisal, check eBay, and go from there.

    This being said, I hope your circumstances allow you to keep it. It sounds like you and your bass are connected at the hip! It would be a shame if you had to let her go. Good Luck!

  6. prattguy

    prattguy Guest

    May 31, 2007
    Maracaibo, Venezuela
    Thanks to all of you guys....very helpful info, i will try to keep it but in the end, priorities are prorities, but then again thanks....this community is one of the best things that have happened to electric(and acoustic) BASS!!!

    By the way Simongpaez....there is no way i´m going to take 100 $ for my bass, but if you wave TWO of those hundred dollar bills in my face....i might go for it. (LOL)
  7. Dave R

    Dave R

    Sep 21, 2007
    Boise, ID USA
    I saw an all-original, minty '73 Jazz go for @ $3,995 recently on e-bay. That's probably top-end.
  8. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Here is my '73 Jazz, FWIW. I am not sure as to the worth, but I sure do love this bass!

  9. Hemispheres85


    Jun 15, 2006
    Wow that's a beautiful bass Bowlus!

    I'd kill for a 70's jazz with a sunburst finish, fort guard and black blocks! You've practically got my dream bass there.
  10. need4mospd


    Dec 22, 2005
    I'm saving that picture in case anyone ever asks me what MOJO is.
  11. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Thanks, guys! I looked for a long time, and passed over many other available Jazz basses before I settled on that one. I really should take some better pics, though. :meh:

    That bass plays like a dream, though, and yes, it most definitely has 'mojo!' :cool:

  12. prattguy

    prattguy Guest

    May 31, 2007
    Maracaibo, Venezuela
    That´s a nice Black-Block jazz there MR. BOWLUS!!!