#1
Hello boys! I recently bought a second-hand Fender Jazz Bass from a guy who was in a hurry to sell because he needed the money. I ended up buying it from him taking a bit of a risk, because he gave me no time to do a proper check of the instrument model. I decided to go with it because a bass player friend of mine said it looked authentic and the price (800 euros or 1104USD) was very low for a bass which was almost brand new.

He said it was an American Vintage Jazz Bass, '74 style, made in 2006 and bought by him in Switzerland in 2013, for an original price (with a little discount, he said) of 1600 euros (about 2196 USD at today's rate). I checked the serial number, which confirms the manufacturing date, and then I tried to see that exact bass in any online store to confirm that was the model, but it turns out there are like a gazillion variations of the Fender Jazz Bass and I was unable to find one that looks exactly the same as the one I bought, wich left me feeling a bit uneasy. Also, it's my first bass. I'm an experienced guitar player, but I've only ever held 3 or 4 basses in my hands so I'm a bit out of my element here.

So, in case any of you guys is kind and expert enough to take the time to take a look at my description and illuminate me a little bit, a million thanks in advance. Here we go:



The finish is quite good in my opinion. I haven't managed to distinguish if the body is made of one, two or three parts (I don't know how many should they be). The paint looks perfectly flat across the back of the body. The finish is a Sunburst and the pickguard is red and black, with a white-black-white border around the edges.

The neck seems made of maple, varnished, and the fretboard looks like made of mahogany. It has white block inlays and 20 frets.



The tone and volume pots are metallic. In most of the Fender basses I've seen online, the pots are made of black plastic, but since it's a relatively old model I don't know. Also, the bridge pickup seems too low. I haven't asked the previous owner yet about that. Should I rise it up a little bit?



The headstock reads: Fender Jazz Bass, made in USA, and has a little detail that reads "Original contour body". The Jazz Bass lettering is almost straight. In most other models I've seen it takes a more pronounced curve along the curve of the headstock. Maybe that graphic was redesigned recently.



Behind the headstock, you can see the serial number, which as far as I know just confirms it was made in 2006. I don't know if it can help to identify the exact model. Also, I've seen that in some Fender basses the tuners have the Fender logo engraved in them. These ones don't.



And finally, the neck binding plaque, which reads "Fender, Corona, California".

GENERAL IMPRESSIONS:

The bass has a couple of signs of use here and there: a little dent in the pickguard's edge, another little dent in the finish where it joins the neck, etc. Along with some subtle imperfections in the little black inlays at the side of the neck.

Aside from that, the neck feels extremely solid. It plays very comfortably (from a guitar player's point of view), and there is no fret buzz in any of the frets as far as I've tested. The tone and volume knobs feel solid and sturdy, and they roll nicely all the way. I plugged it in an old Laney amp and it seems the electronics are alright.

I think it is a quality instrument, regardless of what the exact model is. Still, I'd feel more at ease if I could look at another bass which was exactly like this in a catalog which confirmed me "Yep, this bass costs 1800 euros brand new". So if any of you guys know this model and can confirm it is an American Vintage, and that it should cost around the aforementioned price (or at least the price I paid for it), I would sleep a little better. Cheers!
#2
“Z”-prefix serial numbers denoting the new millennium appeared on U.S.-made instruments in 2000. Z0 denotes 2000; Z1 denotes 2001, etc. American Deluxe Series instruments use the same dating convention, but with the addition of a “D” in front of the “Z”; i.e., DZ1, DZ2, etc. As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year.

-from fender's website

Seems legit. Bridge pickup is broken. Other than that, looks like a good buy.
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#3
You have a nice bass there. The neck and fretboard are very 1970s style Fender Jazz. The bridge pickup's polepieces should be flush with, or slightly protruding from the holes in the pickup cover, It may be a broken spring, or perhaps someone took out the foam rubber spacer that is often used to keep the pickup height adjustable. Either one is an easy and inexpensive fix.

The metal knobs are probably not stock, though it might have been shipped with them. Whenever I see metal knobs on a Fender Jazz, I immediately think "Jaco Fan." Jaco put metal knobs on his famous "Bass of Doom" fretless Jazz.
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#5
If it's a USA made instrument from 2006 it should have a small circular hole underneath the pickguard.
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#6
Not sure on the lettering- didn't 74's (and reissues) have the larger, fancier lettering for 'Jazz Bass'? Plus, the 'original countour body' should be perpendicular to the nut, rather than at an angle.

EDIT: Control panel looks ill fitting, too.
Last edited by Deliriumbassist at Feb 28, 2014,
#7
Along with some of the other things mentioned, the neck plate looks off. I though for one, the neck plates were 3 bolt, and I've never seen one with the "Corona, CA" on it--just the F for Fender.
#8
Fender did use those neckplates for a while:



They were also hesitant to re-introduce the three-bolt pattern on re-issues because of all of the horror stories associated with the original three-bolt guitars and basses.
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#11
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Judging by the knobs and an aftermarket pickup, I'd say thats a Squier body.


Agreed, the quality also looks similar to my Squier VM sunburst jazz. Looks like it could be a bit of a frankenfender....
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#12
Many thousands of years ago, The Bass Gods did say unto the players, "If thine bass shalt be a good bass, let it first pass through the three gates:

- Does it sound good?
- Does it play well?
- Dost thou like it?

If the answer to these three gates be each time "Yes," then thou haveth a good bass, and no more need be said."

Listen to the Bass Gods and play that thing!!!
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#13
Sorry guys, I forgot about this thread. Just wanted to let you know, I took the bass to a trusted store and it is fake. Nothing Fender about it. Tuners are fake, pickups are fake, everything. It is an imitation (probably Chinese-made). Thankfully I was able to scare the seller into giving my money back, he said he didn't know it was fake (lie) and that he was sorry. And a few weeks after that he sold it to a guy in Barcelona, insisting it was an authentic American Vintage. So, an intentional scam in every way. Take a good look at this bass and remember it, in case anyone tries to sell you a similar looking one. I'll link you to the TalkBass thread I opened where everyone told me it was fake.

http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/help-identifying-fender-jazz-bass-model-1058860/

Cheers.
#15
wow that sucks. thanks for the heads up. glad you got your money back
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