1990 Fender Custom shop fretless Jazz Bass. As you can expect from a John Page era custom shop bass – a superb instrument and one of the earliest Fender fretless jazz basses that I have seen from Fender (after the extremely rare ones from the 70s).
As one can expect the bass has been played a lot and shows a lot of dings and dongs, patina on the hardware, etc., but is all original and in perfect functional condition: straight neck with more place in the truss rod to adjust (it is not maxed out), all electronics and hardware work accordingly, action can be set very nice and low. The bass is superbly responsive, resonates extremely well with great dynamics and the harmonics are just amazing – it both sings and does the “mwah” just as well. I have not made any attempts to renew the hardware (remove the patina), because IMHO it gives it character, but if you wish my bass tech can do that prior to shipping. Width at nut is 38mm and the bass weights 4,07kg. according to my home scale. It comes with a black tolex case, probably not original.
More detailed pictures can be found here - https://photos.app.goo.gl/xzum76RP3hJfic3s5
Why am I selling it if its such a great bass – I am letting go a part of my collection and keeping only the vintage precisions. The asking price is less than what it costed me, but can consider sensible offers. No trades, I am afraid, unless it is a well played pre-1974 precision or recent B-15. Also, if you purchase it and do not find yourself to like it – I can take it back as long as you cover the shipping and payment fees.
Any questions – please, feel free to ask. Price includes shipping to most parts of EU.
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Musicman Old Smoothie 2016, 40th Anniversary 2016 model in Chocolate Burst, total awesome bass, financial needs forces sale, mint original condition, with case. Old Smoothie is a replica of a 1975 Stingray Prototype, with modified pickup. Old style construction with string mutes and through body stringing. weighs 9.2 lbs. No trades thanks
Based in Reading Berks
I am selling this absolute peach of a bass, I have owned this since new in December 2017 purchased from GAK in Brighton(receipt attached )
This really is in as new mint condition including all of the original parts, strap, cable and paperwork all in unused condition.
It is currently strung with Dunlop superbrights, there is also a set of new Fender flat wounds included.
This has never left the home and been very well looked after, the actions is lovely and the neck plays well, I am only moving this on to fund another purchase.
They no longer make this model and they are hard to come by.
This is a great bass with that fender growl you would come to expect.
I have more pictures if you want them DM me
Any questions please get in touch
Here is what Fender say
The American Vintage Series
The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars and basses. Take a trip through Fender history and heritage with these incredibly authentic guitars. The American Vintage series has a range of different years, spanning the mid-50s to mid-60s, all boasting key features and pivotal design elements from their years. The American Vintage series instruments provides expert preservation of an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy, showing how Fender not only knows where it's going, but also remembers where it came from.
The new American Vintage Series takes a cleared slate approach with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet - a complete and comprehensive re-imagination of the entire vintage-reissue concept that'll just astound you with its detail. Restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colours and more. Their work based on actual vintage guitars and basses they tracked down.
American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass, 3-Color Sunburst
The American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass incorporates the significant changes that were brought to the Jazz Bass in 1974. Only the year before had the bridge pickup been moved about half an inch closer to the bridge. Furthermore, 1974 saw the last of the four-bolt necks for quite a while. The bass guitar's slim "C"-shaped maple neck was re-sculpted with a meatier U-shaped profile (and acquired a walnut "skunk" stripe). White fingerboard binding and pearl block inlays made their first appearance, the longstanding tortoiseshell predecessors were replaced by black pickguards. The American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass also has white binding, pearl block inlays and 20 vintage-style frets. This Jazz Bass comes in a 3-Colour Sunburst colour.
This bass's other authentic features include its urethane-finished alder body three-ply black/white/black pickguard (three-ply white/black/white on Black model), new American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, upper-mounted thumb rest, '70s-style "Fender"-stamped open-gear tuners, vintage-style bridge with single-groove steel "barrel" saddles, four-bolt "F"-stamped neck plate, chrome pickup and "F"-stamped bridge covers with vintage-accurate positioning, and more.
Equipped with two American Vintage '74 Single-Coil Jazz Bass pickups for an authentic tone
Alder body with a 3-colour sunburst finish
Thicker neck with "U"-shaped profile for added comfort
Maple and round-laminated rosewood fingerboards with white binding and pearl block inlays
Specially voiced pickups with period-correct bridge pickup positioning
Upper-mounted thumb rest for improved comfort
Vintage-style "Fender"-stamped tuners and neck plate
Chrome pickup and “F”-stamped bridge covers with period-correct positioning
Includes Vintage Black hardcase with orange interior
Real bone nut enhances resonance and sustain
Body & Bridge:
Body Shape: Jazz Bass
Body Material: Alder
Bridge: American Vintage Single-Groove Steel 'Barrel' Saddles
Finish: Three Color Sunburst
Neck & Fingerboard:
Neck Shape: 'U'-Shape
Neck Material: Maple
Fingerboard: Round-Laminated Rosewood
Fret size: Vintage-Style
Scale Length: 34"
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.475"
Inlays: White Pearloid
Truss Rod: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Electronics & Hardware:
Bridge Pickup: American Vintage Single-Coil '74 Jazz Bass
Middle Pickup: American Vintage Single-Coil '74 Jazz Bass
Controls:Volume 1 (Neck Pickup), Volume 2 (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone
Control Knobs: Black Plastic
Tuning Machines: American Vintage '70s Fender Stamped Open-Gear
Strings: Fender USA 7250M, NPS, (.045, .065, .085, .105 Guages)
Pickup and Bridge Covers: Mounted Chrome with Vintage Accurate Positioning
I'm not looking for any trades at the moment but my arm could be twisted by a nice 4 string classic ray with a rosewood fretboard, or a Spector euro LX. (Cash either way)
I had this up for sale a few months ago and withdrew it because I knew I would regret it. However, its time to put my big knickers and to let it go once and for all.
Its a great bass, in great condition (see pics, shout if you would like some more pics).
Check out the following link for details
I would prefer social distance collection, although I'm happy to drive for an hour to deliver. (say 80 miles top)
I can post, shipping and Insurance will be at the buyers expense
Here is a summary, see pics for weight according to kitchen scales and the width of the nut.
Neck: Bolt on.
Fretboard: Ebony (No Makers)
Scale: 34 inches
Pickups: Delano SBC
Electronics: Marleaux EQ BC3
Controls: Master Vol - Pickup Blend - 3-Band Active / Passive
Switch: Pickup Split
Hardware Finish: Black
Made in Germany
Happy to answer any questions.