Fender Jazz Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1966)

Fender  Jazz Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1966)
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Fender Jazz Bass Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1966), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 157772, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This is an excellent example of a "transitional" early-CBS era Jazz bass, played but in original and generally very well-preserved condition. It features typical 1965-6 features: a pearl dot rosewood fingerboard with the binding that appeared in mid-1965, gold logo decal, and the unusual Fender-made "egg button" chrome-plated tuners oddly particular to Jazz basses of this period. By the summer of '66 the block markers fingerboard came in and dots were banished for a couple of decades.

The body is finished in a vibrant 3-tone "target" sunburst lacquer finish with a tortoise plastic pickguard. The neck is dated JAN 66 and the pots are from the 12th week of that year. At 9.5 lbs., this is a medium-light weight for a 1960s Fender bass and extremely resonant; an excellent player with a somewhat more low/midrange tone than many typical '65s and '66s, which tend to be very bright.
Overall length is 46 1/2 in. (118.1 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 34 in. (864 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/2 in. (38 mm.).

This bass shows some typical cosmetic wear but remains complete including both chrome covers; a nicely original example overall. It has recently been expertly refretted (the ravages of roundwound strings having KO'd the original frets) but is otherwise unaltered. The body is relatively clean overall, with light wear overall. The major spots are one area of buckle wear in the center of the back, a rubbed away area near the heel, and a couple of wear spots to the wood on the bottom edge of the lower horn. The top had small dings and dents and a set of small "Vampire marks" from a small thumbrest of some sort that was once installed there. The back of the neck has typical wear on the edges. Overall a superb player, complete in its period HSC. Excellent - Condition.