Fender Jazz Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1965)

Fender  Jazz Bass Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1965)
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Fender Jazz Bass Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1965), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 109123, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This is a very clean original example of a "transitional" early-CBS era Fender Jazz bass, with typical 1965 features. The most notable is the pearl dot inlay in the thin-lam rosewood fingerboard *without* the binding that subsequently appeared by early '66. The neck is dated May 65, just a few months into the transition from the earlier "clay" dots and the CBS takeover period. By the summer of '66 block markers fingerboard came in and all dots were banished from the Jazz Bass for the next couple of decades!

The headstock has a gold "transition" logo decal but still retains the earlier Kluson tuners, replaced by the end of the year with Fender-made "egg button" chrome-plated machines. The pots are all original and date to the 42nd week of 1965, indicating the bass was likely assembled in late fall 1965. The early 6-digit serial number on the "F" neckplate is consistent with this as well. The body is finished in a bright and vibrant 3-tone "target" sunburst lacquer finish with a tortoise plastic pickguard. This bass still has the full pre-CBS feel, with only the pearloid dots and slightly thinner pickguard as variables.

The neck and especially the headstock have some nice figure in the maple somewhat unusual on a Fender bass from this period. At 9 1/4 lbs. with both covers on, this is a medium weight for a 1960s Jazz Bass and quite resonant. It is a fine player with the typically bright midrangey tone of these mid-60s Jazz Basses. This bass appears only lightly used over the past 55 years and extremely well cared for, with only minor playwear and a mid-60s great vibe.
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.)., 9.24 lbs.

This bass shows only fairly light wear for its 58 years on the planet and appears not too much used since before the summer of love. It remains all original except for a refret with correct style wire. The finish and hardware are original complete inside and out including both chrome covers. The thin lacquer finish shows some small very dings and dents overall, but no heavy wear. The back has some light buckle wear into but not through the lacquer. The lacquer on the back of the neck has some light wear to the wood, worn down just right with that great "old Fender" feel. The headstock shows some typical minor lacquer checking, the decal is very clean. The pickguard has no cracks or pulls at the corners, just some nicks below the fingerboard from truss rod adjustment.

The bass has recently been refretted with period appropriate wire, the fingerboard shows some minor dings and fills from this and a tiny chip off the treble side by the 13th fret, but very little playwear. This bass is a superb player with a typically midrangey growl not as overly bright as some from this period. It lives in the original black Tolex "no logo" HSC with some general wear and the handle assembly replaced. Overall Excellent Condition.