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1974 Fender Jazz Bass Sunburst Vintage Bass w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1974 Fender Jazz Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck, and a bound maple fretboard, and at 9lbs, this bass is very well balanced on a strap and quite lightweight.

The instrument has a clear, balanced natural acoustic tone with a glassy treble detail and immediacy attributable to the bound maple fingerboard. The original pair of gray bobbin pickups feature enamel coated wire, Alnico V magnets, and are shellac-potted, offering the distinctive growl, midrange burp and sweetness inherent to the Jazz Bass sound. This Jazz Bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender U-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, measuring. 815” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features pearloid block inlay, notably ambered binding, and lightly rolled fretboard edges. The stock medium jumbo fretwire has good meat, showing light wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-7. This Jazz Bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 1/2“ in width. The headstock sports a block logo, and the clover-button tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with Fender-embossed baseplates. The stamp on the neck heel has largely faded, and the heel and pocket feature a bevy of factory stamps and markings.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the original pair of gray bobbin pickups. The bridge pickup retains its original windings, and the neck pickup has just been rewound to match. The pickups retain their original stamps on the baseplates, with codes that translate to late 1973 and early '74. The harness features the original trio of CTS pots that date to the 52nd week of '73. The original chrome-plated hardware has plenty of shine, including the control plate, bridge base, and steel barrel saddles. The genuine Fender "ashtray" bridge and pickup covers are modern replacements. Plastics comprise the original three-ply black pickguard, dark maroon finger rest, and original trio of knobs.

The gloss Sunburst finish has a broad, vibrant central red band, and cosmetic wear is limited to light buckle wear central to the back, some small finish chips and scuffs on the body perimeter, and just a few pinhead-sized nicks on top and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

A modern black tolex Fender hardshell case is included.