Up for sale, a 1968 Fender Jazz Bass in collector-grade, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, hangtag, and Ace strap. This Jazz Bass is visually stunning with a tonal breadth to match, produced in the fourth quarter of '68 and featuring untouched solder joints, cloth-covered leads on the gray bobbin pickups, a flawless tortoise pickguard, and original "ashtray" pickup and bridge covers.
The original pair of gray bobbin pickups deliver a round, articulate sound accentuating the sweet treble growl of a fresh set of 45-100 roundwound strings. The bass has plenty of upper midrange presence and burp, with a thick, balanced thump when rolling the Tone knob back to taste. The bass weighs 9lbs 2oz "fully clothed" with the chrome ashtray covers, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium depth U-shaped neck profile carve with full shoulders and an elegant, easy-playing feel, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire which has been leveled and crowned in the instrument's lifetime, currently showing no wear. The neck is straight and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width, and the headstock retains the original clover button tuning machines. The bold October, 1968 date stamp is intact on the neck heel, with all the original factory markings and stamps present on the heel and in the neck pocket.
The electronics function flawlessly with untouched solder joints and the original gray bobbin pickup pair wired to CTS pots which date to the 31st week of '66. As Fender purchased a huge lot of pots in '66, it's customary to see 1966 date codes extend on these components on instruments produced through the end of the decade. The bobbins are both hand-dated a week apart in October, 1968. The hardware includes the original control plate, bridge with barrel saddles and "ashtray" bridge and pickup covers, and the chrome plating is extremely clean and bright save for some light pitting on the neck pickup ashtray cover and patina on the clover tuner buttons. The nitrate tortoise pickguard is a lively red meatball material, accenting the bold three-tone Sunburst gloss finish, and fitted with the original finger rest.
The finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the finish shows zero fade, with a bold central ring of red and no loss of saturation when comparing the exposed finish to that which has been protected beneath the pickguard for over half a century. Cosmetic wear is limited to minor cable worming on the upper bout on the back, a couple isolated spots of broad checking on the back, one small finish chip on the outside edge of the treble-side body horn, and some minor marks on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and body perimeter. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, and there is light lacquer checking on the headstock face.
The original black tolex hardshell case retains the original latches and handle with a partial tail-less Fender logo on the exterior. The original hangtag is also intact, along with a vintage Ace strap that's been paired with the bass for decades.