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Vintage Jazz Bass body : Number of pieces of wood

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by damos, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. damos


    Feb 6, 2006
    I've got a vintage jazz bass 68 and the body is in alder with 3 pieces of wood .
    Is it correct for fender of this era ?


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  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Yes. Although that finish isn't correct. ;)
  3. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Yes, 3 or 4 pieces.

    my '69, '71 and '72 j's have 4 pieces of alder. my '78 j has a 3 piece ash body, like my 77 p bass.
  4. 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
    3 seems normal to me.
  5. I dont think there is a "correct" number of pieces!

    My 66 is 2 pieces, i have seen some 3 and 4 pieces!

    The worst i saw was a 72 fender jazz owned by one of my teachers, it was a great sounding bass, very light but was made of 7 pieces of wood!
    It really looked like it was made of scrap wood the thinner slices where an inch thick and the biggest one not much more than 3 inches!

    it was painted sunburst which was a strange choice! I was surprised that it sounded so good since most people assimilate a body made of many pieces with bad sound and low quality instruments!
  6. damos


    Feb 6, 2006

    My 68 is 2 pieces and a small piece under the jazz plate...
    The finish is from a friend of mine, because the bass was refined in the eighties in sunburst with a lot of bad poly finish. We removed it and replaced with natural thin oil finish. Since the bass is more woody sounding and less heavy

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