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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by saaronanderson, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. saaronanderson


    Mar 6, 2012
    Guy wants to sell me this Mexican Fender Jazz. It's has a Fender Special Edition stamp on the back of the head stock and this (see picture). Anyone have any idea what these extra knobs are for? Did Fender do this or has this been modded? Thanks for any help/insight. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1355010483.250743.
  2. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    Clear finish on body and rosewood fretboard?

    I have one. No extra knobs on mine.
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    A mod. Doesn't look like a very well thought out mod, either.
  4. saaronanderson


    Mar 6, 2012
    Same bass as yours mega.

    And yeah. I don't like the looks of it either.

    Thanks guys.
  5. But how'd he do it? There's no rear access cavity, only the pg access and those pots are in the body...
  6. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    Have you removed the pickguard? He must have routed the body and then ran the wiring through the cavity containing the factory pots.
  7. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    I think I would pass on it too.
    Unfortunate. Nice bass, I like mine.

    Did you notice a plate on the back? That would be an awful lot of cutting in from
    the control cavity otherwise. You would need clearance not only for the control,
    but also extra clearance to maneuver the control with it's shaft into position.
    Probably not a pretty site inside.
  8. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Depends on asking price, $200-$300 maybe.
  9. Fender would have used stack pots. That's a mod.
  10. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    The bass was abducted by aliens and implanted with high-tech bass gadgets that cannot be comprehended by humans.
  11. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Meh. You could do it from the front pretty easy. Go in from the side of the front cavity and from the top for the knobs. But yep it looks strange. It would have cost less to just get stacked knobs.
  12. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    That is likely a Fender Special Edition MIM Standard put out by Fender for GC/MF retail ... probably about 2005-current production year, as the earlier ones had a white p/g stock ... depends totally on price and what else somebody decided to do to it in the name of 'progress' ... have you had the chance to get it in hand and look it over/play with it? or is it long distance type deal? ... you have any more pics so we can see any other 'innovations' ?? .. or at least a serial #?
  13. saaronanderson


    Mar 6, 2012
    Is long distance. I haven't ha a chance to hear it or feel it. I believe I may may a really lowball offer. A low risk high reward type offer. He doesn't know anything about it-.... Didn't even know these knobs were odd... Soooo
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Is one of those extra knobs for turning up the AWESOME? Because that's a rare mod, and can get you into the big time.