This is a feeler for the sale my awesome condition 1973 / 74 Fender Jazz bass in Sunburst.
Its RW board, block inlays and bound.
Photos are here in my photobucket album -
http://s1341.photobucket.com/user/bassintheface/library/Fender Jazz Bass 1973 - 1974
It's in really excellent condition with only a couple of minor chips which I've tried to clearly show on the pics.
The serial number on the neck plate is 509063 which is 1973 / 1974 which puts it as one of the last 4 bolt neck versions out of Fullerton before they went to the bullet truss rod and 3 bolt neck in 1974 / 75.
The CTS pot codes date the bass to 5th Week 1974 - Jan / Feb (1377405) so the feedback on the age was that it was likely put together very late 1973 or very early 1974 - as you know with Fender around this time, its a combination of date stamps that help you get an age of an instrument.
It comes with a generic hardcase and re issue versions of the pickup cover and ashtray from a USA 70's reissue.
I will get neck end photos and pickup photos - from memory, you can only see a stamp on the bridge pickup now since the rewind of the neck pick up - its 5 years or so since Matt had it open, so will check his photos and hopefully add to the photobucket album above - if not, I'll have to get it opened up.
I bought it from a friend around 5 or 6 years ago and the story was (note that this is completely unsubstantiated) that it belonged to Andy Scott of the Sweet and was used for recording /demos and never gigged, hence the condition. I really don't know if this is true and no one will ever know, but Andy Scott is from my hometown of Wrexham so it is plausible.
The bass had been unplayed for a number of years prior to my purchase and upon getting it, the neck pickup didn't work and the elecs were intermittent and crackly.
I swiftly sent it over to the very excellent Matthew John Bascetta in Chester - http://www.mjbluthier.co.uk/
for a full clean, pro set up and a rewind of the neck pick up - Matt is also the guy behind the excellent 'House of Tone' pickups - https://www.houseoftonepickups.com/
and he did a full rewind using period correct wire and hand winding, inc wax potting - you can see him at work below.
It now plays beautifully and sounds, IMO awesome!
Feel free to ask any questions - I'd just appreciate PM's with an expression of interest initially as I really don't want to sell it being honest, but it lives at home (non smoking household) and don't gig it our of fear of damaging it.
You won't find many in this condition.
No trades, viewing welcome.
Cash on collection or bacs.
I don't want to post this out of fear of it being damaged!
It's with heavy heart that I put this bass up for sale, but needs must (with redundancy and a future house-move on the cards).
In great condition for its' age, and a lovely player, with gorgeous vintage sound
There are a few dinks and dings on the bass, including a 2mm x 1.5mm x 1mm dink on the back of the neck, around fret 11 - easily filled, though it never bothered me actually.
There's a light "bloom" of buckle rash in the usual place, which isn't easy to photograph.
The main thing to say about this bass, is that it's otherwise in great condition given it's approaching 40 years old. Somehow, this bass just feels and sounds absolutely awesome - it has a real vintage tone and feel. These basses are rated very highly by people who own and play them, and you have to try one to understand quite why. It's the best feeling and sounding P bass I've ever played.
With the job situation being as it is, I have to sell something (not urgently - so no daft offers please) - I just need to thin the herd, as we will be moving house within the next 8 - 10 months, and are down-sizing. I'm gigging with another P bass these days - only because it is slightly lighter weight, and is another great bass. I can no longer justify 3x P basses, plus my P/J Limelight. I may even list another P over the coming days, and keep this one.... as I'm so torn
It weighs in at just a shade over 4kg - so is no boat anchor. Like I say, I've got 2 other P's which are lighter - though neither is in my favourite 3TSB, Rosewood, Tort combo. Mrs S said to me the other day "Do you really need two basses the same colour?" of my Roadworn Jazz! I had the bass set up, including a light fret-dress & level, by A-strings of Treforest, near Pontypridd. The frets are in good condition, with plenty of life left in them. I believe everything else is original on the bass (as I was told by the previous BC owner). I did change the control knobs for an old 70's set, as they were in better condition (re the chrome)
It's currently wearing a set of worn-in Thomastik Flats. It came with some Dunlop flats, and I tried several other strings, but decided it just felt better with the TI's. I can let you have the Dunlops, or a new set of rounds if you prefer? But I'll leave the TI's on, as they just seem to suit the bass
Based in North Cardiff - but I can meet somewhere half way, as I've got amp headphones and a battery amp (Roland) to test at the ubiquitous Motorway services / pub
Please note I am NOT looking for any trades at all, and would prefer not to post (abroad or UK) - I also want you to try this bass, and fall for it, like I did, and to know that you've got it safely in your hands
In this moment of madness, as I'm typing this, I may decide to either sell another bass instead, or else change my mind completely.... lol
I'm asking slightly less than what I paid for it, given that I had the work done on the bass
Don't often do this but with this one I thought I must..
So, there I was in my local music shop in Bognor Regis (Mike's Music) buying some strings when I saw this hanging on the wall looking a bit unloved..
Being the kind chap that he is, Mike let me have a trial with the bass and after spending some time with it at home, I realised it was a must have..
As far as I can tell from the serial number, its a Made in Japan 1991/2 Fender Precision.
Sounds great, beautiful Ash body and maple neck and is in brilliant condition for a 27 year old bass.
Happy days, or should I say, happy NBDs!
Thanks for looking.. 😊
Had this bass from new about 3/4 years now. Awesome looking, plays well, currently set up with D'Addario Chromes flats.
Has been gigged so it's not in brand new factory condition but that's to be expected. I've tried to get a picture of the worst mark, it's on the bottom of the bass so hardly visible.
I've also swapped out the tuners for Gotoh GB640 vintage style lightweight tuners. I'll leave these on the bass but will supply the original tuners as well. The Gotoh tuners cost around £90 to buy separately.
Only selling as I currently own two P basses, and this one doesn't get as much use. Seems a waste to have it sat around the house!
Any questions feel free to ask! Collection only, or can meet within a reasonable distance. Sorry not willing to post.