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  1. Many excellent points made in the full version of your post. With regard to the JV jazz basses, they were the first dot-neck versions produced by Fender since 1966, so for those looking for that specification, there was plenty of pent up demand for a vintage accurate reissue, which had never previously been produced by Fender. The Fender logo version was already trading at a Modest premium over the Squier logo when I bought mine in 1983. £220 used against £200 for a new one and £800 for an original 62. A number of Fender logo JVs sold at auction last week at up to £1488 including premium, which seems a lot when you can buy a CS relic privately for circa £2k. When JVs went over to Squier logo after 10000 units approx, it was obvious the more desirable originals would increase in value, but less so that the second version did, particularly with the large number made. I have one with a serial number around 75000 from 1984. In terms of what might be the next JV equivalent, I think the market is more flooded with excellent competing options than ever. The number of overlapping ranges offered by Fender makes it very hard to predict. Anything interesting with a short run - the Solid rosewood neck basses in pink and green produced last year would be my choice if speculating. Having said that, buy a bass you love to play and the value becomes irrelevant. I still have my JVs bought in 83, 84 and 89/90ish, so even if they had reduced in value, I have had an excellent return on them. I pick one up most days.
  2. King Crimson at the Hackney Empire a couple of years ago was quite impressive.
  3. All my vintage Fenders have been refretted at least once. If you don't get it done, it eventually ceases to be a musical instrument. It will also enhance the life of the fingerboard, which will be taking more wear from the strings with low frets. If you are concerned to keep the bass as original as possible, ask the luthier not to plane the fingerboard. I had my 66 Tele (rare 6 string short scale bass, didn't catch on) done recently by Bass gallery, using correct profile profile CS frets-retaining the divots between the frets. So much better when I got it back. No buzzing, no playing around worn areas.
  4. My 62 curved board has a smaller neck than my 64 and 65, which are both still similar to each other and narrow. The 62 is darker sounding, the 64 very zingy and modern, the 65 somewhere in between. To me, all early Jazzes are have their own individual character. I tried a wonderful 64 once with a very full feeling neck. It would be interesting to see how much variation there is between the measured profiles of vintage basses manufactured in the same month. It wouldn't surprise me to see a wide difference.
  5. I acquired a CS Jazz bass, Sei Jazz and a 65 Strat. CS moved on as the neck profile was too chunky, although the bass was otherwise magnificent
  6. It won't be the last one you buy, however nice it is.
  7. You'll probably win a preamp and a set of crap 45-105s
  8. If I lived in Bristol, I'd go to every one. From London, it's a bit of a mission. Have you bought anything there?
  9. I bought a lovely 66 Tele for £5500. Not player grade. A 62 slab Jazz bass, modified but very nice £1700. The '60 Esquire custom in the current catalogue was bought in the auction about 5 years ago for about £5800, the same auction where a Rick Turner Renaissance bass sold for £600. All including the commission. It depends on your definition of a bargain, but I invariably wish I'd taken more money with me. The auction where I bought my tele had a 56 esquire, body only refin, for £6k and a lovely body only refin slab 62 Jazz at £3720, which sold in the Gallery for around £7k a couple of weeks later.
  10. I have bought very well there, and seen a lot of excellent value for buyers. I have also seen plenty of buyers get carried away. Agreed, it is an enjoyable way to buy, if you are level headed and set limits.
  11. I bought my 79 fretless Stingray on a whim in 2013 and sold it for +40% last year. I guess that's a reflection of the market.
  12. I have the old A5 fretless, not ultra. It is slightly neck heavy, but not to any significant degree. I mainly use mine acoustically, as the fundamental tone is so good. Not sure how the ultra electrics compare, but the A5 is a great bass that does a decent DB tone, played over the fingerboard.
  13. I have always liked surf green. Btw Bubinga5, your old Sei Jazz 5 is sitting on the sofa next to me. In case you wanted to keep track. Very lovely.
  14. I would do the minimum to make it A1 functional again. Refret, no problem whatsoever. New pots, fine if the originals no longer serve their purpose.The fact that the potential may be there for a future owner to expose a rare foam green finish will already make it more commercially attractive without you having to take the chance of doing it yourself. Balance the risks and potential rewards; how pleased would you be if the foam green is able to be made presentable? How disappointed will you be if you take back the refin to find the green is not viable and your history of ownership has been irrevocably erased? No choice if it were mine. I'd leave it. And foam green is my absolute favourite custom colour. one other question; What colour is the guard? If it is white, that would make it more likely the green is original.
  15. If this was on the wall in the Bass Gallery at £2600, it would be gone within a week. Why is it still here?
  16. Fair comment, probably the only worthwhile upgrade on a jv also, although mine still all have the stock pickups after 35+ years.
  17. I paid £220 for mine in 1983 and 1984 respectively. I still have both. They are high quality, well made basses, particularly in comparison with the late 70s US products and did Fender USA a considerable service in retrospect, by forcing them to improve the quality of their output If Fender had continued to badge the Squier series as Fender on the headstock, the US operation may have been in trouble.
  18. Will the Harrisons open a museum of counterfeit and stolen vintage guitars there?
  19. Have just bought Carl's Sei Bass. The bass is exactly as described and Carl was a pleasure to communicate with, meet and do business with. A very satisfactory transaction all round. Thanks Carl.
  20. I think most sell during manufacture, so never appear online. With good reason.
  21. I wonder what proportion of custom builds are with the original owner? I am not generally a seller, but moved my custom build on after 6 years. I simply preferred other similar basses so it wasn't getting any use. I have played other basses by the same maker I much preferred to the one I received. Nothing wrong with the spec, just the natural variation you get between otherwise near identical instruments. I was fortunate enough to get my outlay back, minus shop commission, when I sold. Buying any bass sight unseen is risky. Adding the element of uncertainty in speccing something where you have never tried all the ingredients together previously increases the uncertainty. The element of guesswork combined with the natural variation in the woods/other components means you would be fortunate to get exactly what you hoped for. On the plus side (my preferred outlook) you could get something better you didn't know you wanted, but of course the opposite could as easily be the case. None of this will be sufficient to deter me from trying again.
  22. And Chas & Dave on the small stage. A quality day out indeed.
  23. Saw him at Hyde Park in 2018, on the same bill as Gary Clark, Clapton and Santana. He was sublime. So glad I made it......
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