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***SOLD*** Fender AVRI '74 Jazz Bass
£1100
Edinburgh

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Hi all, up for sale goes my '74 AVRI Jazz, owned by me since new (2018)

I've really enjoyed owning and gigging this, but find myself always going back to my '74 P bass.

It's a curiosity too!    It came from the factory with the specification deviations to the standard AVRI spec as follows:

  • Pickguard - Tort (should be black)
  • Thumb Rest - lower position (should be above the strings)
  • Neck plate - only stamped with Serial Number (should also be "F" stamped)
  • Sunburst pattern - brighter more like a 60's pattern (should be slightly 'darker' '70s pattern)

I have emails from Fender confirming that it was a genuine mis-build (see photos)

Everything else is exactly as a '74 AVRI should be; poly finish, 70's bridge pickup position, block markers, binding, fender stamped tuners, chunky U-shaped neck  (a big surprise for those normally used to super slim Jazz necks).   

In excellent condition but I have gigged this - it's not been hanging on the wall! , a bit of swirling on the finish, a tiny finish ding on the rear that won't photograph and a wee dink on the binding (pictured).  

Prefer to meet up rather than ship.    No trades but might consider a Stingray (Classics or Specials onlyimageproxy.php?img=&key=d49e236f730b63a2imageproxy.php?img=&key=d49e236f730b63a2imageproxy.php?img=&key=d49e236f730b63a2).

For reference, I raised a thread about the curious spec at the time here: 

 

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Do you happen to know if the radius of the U Shape neck is 7.25" please. Thanks. Alan

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1 hour ago, Alanbass said:

Do you happen to know if the radius of the U Shape neck is 7.25" please. Thanks. Alan

If you mean the fingerboard radius, then yes, it ought to be 7.25” (unless they messed that up too).

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I have no idea what the fingerboard radius is but it feels quite 'round' which i think means a smaller radius.    The neck is definately correct for the '74.  

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I had one of these and also the 75 reissue and I think these are much better guitars.  This looks lovely and I like the oddities! Here's the spec for a regular AVRI 74 - it is definitely a 7.25" spec...

Model Name:    American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass®,

Model Number:    191030800
Series:    American Vintage
Body Material:    Alder
Body Finish:    Urethane
Body Shape:    Jazz Bass®  
Neck Material:    Maple
Neck Finish:    Urethane
Neck Shape:    "U" Shape
Scale Length:    34" (864 mm)
Fingerboard:    Bound Round-Laminated Maple
Fingerboard Radius:    7.25" (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets:    20
Fret Size:    Vintage-Style
String Nut:    Bone
Nut Width:    1.475" (37.46 mm)
Position Inlays:    Pearloid Block
Truss Rods:    Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Head Stock Binding:    White
Neck Plate:    4-Bolt Serialized 
Bridge Pickup:    American Vintage '74 Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Neck Pickup:    American Vintage '74 Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Controls:    Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone
Pickup Configuration:    SS   
Bridge:    4-Saddle American Vintage Bass with Single-Groove Steel "Barrel" Saddles
Hardware Finish:    Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines:    Fender '70s Vintage-Style Stamped Open-Gear
Pickguard:    3-Ply Black
Control Knobs:    Black Plastic 
Strings:    Fender® USA Bass 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Gauges)
Unique Features:    Mounted Chrome Pickup and "F" Bridge Cover with Vintage- Accurate Positioning, Upper-Mounted Thumb Rest, Four-Bolt "F" Neck Plate,  White Neck Binding with White Pearloid Block Position Inlays

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So a 60s Jazz that looks like a 70s Jazz? That's cool.

Wonder if it has the 60s pup spacing. 

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25 minutes ago, ClassicVibes said:

So a 60s Jazz that looks like a 70s Jazz? That's cool.

Wonder if it has the 60s pup spacing. 

Pup spacing is 70s.   I've toyed with getting some lollipop tuners to further confuse the spec!

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She’s a beauty, mate. Glwts - it’s fair to say I’ve got enough basses at the moment but I am tempted as this is a beautiful twin to the fretless I’ve built (as you know). 
 

 

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Bumpity bump.    I do need to move this on so I'm open to serious/sensible cash offers.   

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