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 # 137136, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This is a super clean example of a "transitional" early-CBS era Jazz bass, absolutely original and in exceptionally well-preserved condition. It has typical 1965-6 features: a pearl dot rosewood fingerboard with the binding that appeared in late '65, 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 the next couple of decades.

The body is finished in a bright and vibrant 3-tone "target" sunburst lacquer finish with a tortoise plastic pickguard. The neck is dated JAN 66 and the pots are from the 11th week of that year. At 9.29 lbs., this is a medium weight for a 1960s Fender Jazz Bass and quite resonant. It is an excellent player with a somewhat more midrangey tone than some '66s, which tend to be very bright. This bass appears only very lightly used over the past 55 years and it sounds like a cliché, but they really don't turn up like this much anymore!
 
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 only some very light cosmetic wear for its 5 1/2 decades on the planet and simply appears not much used. It remains 100% original and complete including both chrome covers, down to the last screw. The rear cover caused a bit of finish chipping along its upper edge and there are some small dings and dents overall, and typical light lacquer checking. The top has some light finger wear above the E string and the back some shallow denting into but not through the finish from belt buckle contact. There is just a bit of finish worn down on the edges of the neck, but the original small frets show virtually no wear. This is a genuine "Closet Classic" that has really been in the closet, or under someone's bed for decades in the lovely original black Tolex case. It is also a superb player, as nice a CBS-era Jazz Bass as we have seen in a long time. Excellent + Condition.