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Any idea how to value CIJ Fender Jazz JB-40?

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My friend inherited a Fender Jazz Bass from his father and I'm interested in taking it off his hands, but we're unsure how to value it because it seems to be quite rare.

It's a CIJ (A serial, so 97-98) black Fender Jazz Bass with white pickguard and rosewood fretboard. After looking at the catalogue I'm guessing it's a JB-40 but we don't know for sure because the neck hasn't been removed. It doesn't have a painted headstock like others I have found from around the same era.

I've looked around on the classifieds here, and on the usual places like eBay/Gumtree but there doesn't seem to be any sold recently in the UK.

Help :D

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I recently paid £ 520 for a Jap jazz bass with matching headstock, well set up and very playable but with dings.

Slightly more than I would have hoped to pay, but it was exactly the colour scheme and neck board and profile I wanted.

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Prices have been pushing up since Fender Japan disappeared, but you're looking around the £500 - £600 mark depending on condition. Some of the export models have basswood bodies which go for less also.

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Its not a re-issue so not as desirable or worth as much as others here have suggested. If its in really good condition or you have a really good day id say £350-400

Easy way to tell if its a re-issue is the head stock font, earthing strap on the bridge, spiral bridge. Or post photos and we can tell you :)

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Thanks for the responses guys.

[quote name='Kempy535' timestamp='1442586246' post='2868022']
Its not a re-issue so not as desirable or worth as much as others here have suggested. If its in really good condition or you have a really good day id say £350-400

Easy way to tell if its a re-issue is the head stock font, earthing strap on the bridge, spiral bridge. Or post photos and we can tell you :)
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This is what I was thinking too, based on eBay auctions from other countries. Unfortunately the one pic I have is not very good, but maybe it can give you some clues:

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I have good news for you. That is a RI, I cant tell from the photo but if the ends of the bridge are spirals then its a non export one

With out seeing the neck stamps its hard to tell.

I think £400/450 with the hard case would be a fair offer

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its a 62 RI. great basses. stick a J Retro in it and its smokin. the non export CIJ/MIJ models had basswood bodies, while the non export models were alder/ash. both great woods, but with higher quality pickups etc on the non export models. i reckon £400 around about. Depends on where your selling.

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