#1
Hey, can you tell me how much this would be worth?
It's a Fender Jazz Bass made in the U.S.A.
Don't know year of manufacture.
Hasn't even been played much.

I'll admit, I don't know a thing about bass guitars and a quick search of the internet suggests these retail at around £1000 new, but I don't know which model Jazz Bass it is (there are a few).
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#2
Hasn't been played much you say? I'd be surprised if that were the case, given the condition, unless it's been stored underneath a bus for a few years.

With all the dings in the woodwork around the headstock and missing paintwork, not to mention a missing knob for the bridge pickup volume, the best you can pass this one off as is "very used".

As for a price, bearing the condition in mind, and the poor taste in the scratchplate, you could fetch somewhere between £450-550 if you were lucky.
#3
looks snazzy, i'll give you a tenner for it?

edit: not pointing fingers or anything but the fender logo on the headstock looks VERY VERY iffy.

the 2 e's seem a bit thin in parts and not articulate enough, and the e&n don't seem to match up properly.
& it just looks wrong in some way...

i'm comparing it to all of these and the bit "jazz bass" always has something underneath it normally "electric bass" while the squiers just have "jazz bass" in that font.

i noticed the oddness in the logo because i'm sitting here with a fender strat in my hands and just double checked it was the same logo because yours looked odd. then had to google to check bass and electric guitar logos were different, and they dont seem to be but yours is.

NOW: i have heard that squier marked some of their stuff up as fender at some point for a short period of time but with squier on the back of the headstock, i dont know how true this is or what models they put it on. but it's something i've heard..

sorry but i felt the above needed to be said.
Belief is a beautiful armour but makes for the heaviest sword.
Last edited by Dempsey68 at Aug 23, 2011,
#4
Quote by Ziphoblat
Hasn't been played much you say? I'd be surprised if that were the case, given the condition, unless it's been stored underneath a bus for a few years.

With all the dings in the woodwork around the headstock and missing paintwork, not to mention a missing knob for the bridge pickup volume, the best you can pass this one off as is "very used".

As for a price, bearing the condition in mind, and the poor taste in the scratchplate, you could fetch somewhere between £450-550 if you were lucky.


Quality. I only bought it for £20 haha. Yeah, the guy had it stored in his cupboard for years and never played it apparently.

Quote by Dempsey68
looks snazzy, i'll give you a tenner for it?


Hah...
#5
Quote by CholmondlyW
Quality. I only bought it for £20 haha. Yeah, the guy had it stored in his cupboard for years and never played it apparently.


Hah...


Is there a serial number on the back of the headstock? There's always the possibility that it's counterfeit.
#6
Quote by Ziphoblat
Is there a serial number on the back of the headstock? There's always the possibility that it's counterfeit.


At the moment I can't give you the serial number, as I haven't actually received it yet as I bought it online..
I'll mail the bloke and ask.
#7
read the edit in my above post (#3)

there's a major chance you just got ripped off
Belief is a beautiful armour but makes for the heaviest sword.
#8
Quote by CholmondlyW
At the moment I can't give you the serial number, as I haven't actually received it yet as I bought it online..
I'll mail the bloke and ask.


You can use the serial number to work out a year of manufacture and such. If it's genuine the serial number will be in the usual Fender format, and the year should correspond to the actual age of the instrument. There are other things to check for too, such as the decal of the Fender logo. They change it slightly every few years, so it's worth checking whether the decal on the front matches with the year when the serial number suggests it was made.
#9
Quote by Dempsey68
read the edit in my above post (#3)

there's a major chance you just got ripped off

Er...for £20. Even a fake is worth more, surely. It does look like a piece of shit though.
#10
Quote by smb
Er...for £20. Even a fake is worth more, surely. It does look like a piece of shit though.

oh i agree even a fake is worth more, perhaps i should have said not to expect what he thought it was gonna be.
because the chances are that it ISN'T a usa fender J-Bass

even if there's a serial number on it, people can just acquire serial numbers online and decal them onto the back. so even that isn't a sure fire way of proving something's legit or not.
Belief is a beautiful armour but makes for the heaviest sword.
#11
Quote by Dempsey68
read the edit in my above post (#3)

there's a major chance you just got ripped off


I did search for the headstock and found quite a few that looked the same, actually.. take example these two:

http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/show-your-headstocks-brand-logos-547932/index10.html%26w%3D806%26h%3D1075%26biw%3D1440%26bih%3D775%26tbs%3Dsimg:CAESEgnLkwfYm1AnKCGtLrVuuYfaAQ%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=288&vpy=194&dur=2652&hovh=259&hovw=194&tx=151&ty=175&page=3&ved=1t:722,r:23,s:83">http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.elderly.com/fmic/items/images/55N/FAJB-BSB_headstock-front.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.elderly.com/fmic/items/FAJB-BSB.htm&usg=__hHge2EcFf3b3VHw7KxcffF17Eyw=&h=640&w=480&sz=67&hl=en&start=67&zoom=1&tbnid=AlFZNYy0PM7qHM:&tbnh=129&tbnw=103&ei=yk5UTt7XL4_HswbLo633Dw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dfender%2Bjazz%2Bbass%2Bheadstock%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DX%26imgrefurl%3Dhttp://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/show-your-headstocks-brand-logos-547932/index10.html%26w%3D806%26h%3D1075%26biw%3D1440%26bih%3D775%26tbs%3Dsimg:CAESEgnLkwfYm1AnKCGtLrVuuYfaAQ%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=288&vpy=194&dur=2652&hovh=259&hovw=194&tx=151&ty=175&page=3&ved=1t:722,r:23,s:83

http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/show-your-headstocks-brand-logos-547932/index10.html%26w%3D806%26h%3D1075%26biw%3D1440%26bih%3D775%26tbs%3Dsimg:CAESEgnLkwfYm1AnKCGtLrVuuYfaAQ%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=1205&vpy=419&dur=1746&hovh=259&hovw=194&tx=176&ty=137&page=2&ved=1t:722,r:42,s:40">http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://elderly.com/images/vintage/55U/55U-4656_headstock-front.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/55U-4656.htm&usg=__umhd1vnOZG3EYwVZTKG-cH20bfQ=&h=640&w=480&sz=38&hl=en&start=43&zoom=1&tbnid=1gIxVsotKQ4FdM:&tbnh=133&tbnw=89&ei=Lk1UTpD1GYvvsgbppcAf&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dfender%2Bjazz%2Bbass%2Bheadstock%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DX%26imgrefurl%3Dhttp://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/show-your-headstocks-brand-logos-547932/index10.html%26w%3D806%26h%3D1075%26biw%3D1440%26bih%3D775%26tbs%3Dsimg:CAESEgnLkwfYm1AnKCGtLrVuuYfaAQ%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=1205&vpy=419&dur=1746&hovh=259&hovw=194&tx=176&ty=137&page=2&ved=1t:722,r:42,s:40

To me, they look exactly the same... maybe I just can't tell though..

Still, when I know what the serial number is (if any) i'd be able to tell you more.
Thanks, though
#12
If there is no serial number, or the serial starts with an "M" then it's most likely a counterfeit.
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I think he's a Fender Jazz guy.
#14
The logo kind of looks like it's been hand painted to me. Or the decal wasn't smoothed out before being applied.
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#15
im betting this is a sx or squire or some low brand body with ether a real fender neck or a replacement jazz neck with the decal put by hand by the guy
#16
Quote by th30nlyAket
im betting this is a sx or squire or some low brand body with ether a real fender neck or a replacement jazz neck with the decal put by hand by the guy

i'm guessing the latter, i'd stake my right arm on that neck being not genuine, the logo just looks messy and very un-fender.
Belief is a beautiful armour but makes for the heaviest sword.
#17
I'd take it to a shop and see what you can get for it. Pawn shops will probably give you like $50 because people will go in looking for cheap instruments. The PAwn shop will sell it for like $100 in the end though.
#18
There is still the chance though that you will love the bass even if it does end up being fake. I have a buddy who went overseas and bought a les paul, it ended up being not real but he swore up and down that it was better than any guitar he'd played.