Vintage 1973 Fender Jazz Bass Natural


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What makes this guitar special: A great looking bass in super clean cosmetic condition, with a beautifully figured solid ash body and comfortable maple neck. The black on natural motif looks fantastic on this one, giving it that ultra-cool ‘70s vibe, along with classic playability & tone.

Condition: For its age, this one is in super clean cosmetic condtition. The clear coat is in great shape on both the body and neck, with just one small area of buckle rash present on the back of the body, some light surface scratches and dings, and visible oxidation on the hardware. There are also additional holes drilled for the bridge cover. The pots were replaced, and date to ’87, however the pickups are original and date to ’73. The pickguard is a replacment as well. The neck has an upbow that begins at about the 12th fret, that is more notable on the bass side than treble side. This results in notable fret buzz beginning in the second octave, and fretting out above the 14th fret. The truss rod has been maxed out as well. Because the bass has a one-piece neck, this can be remedied by heavy fret- filing, or a plane & refret. In order to maintain originality, we have opted to leave it as is. The bass plays phenomenally well up to the 12th fret in present condition.

Body: Contoured double cutaway ash body in natural finish with  unoriginal 3-ply black pickguard and top-loading 4 saddle bridge.

Weight: 11 lb, 3.5 oz

Neck: D-shaped maple neck with skunk stripe. Maple fingerboard with black binding, pearl side dots, and black block inlays. 1 1/2" nut width, 34” scale length. Black headstock logo & original open gear tuners in perfect working condition. Neck has an upbow beginning at the 12th fret, and the truss rod is maxed out. Frets show wear consistent with age, but still have life left in them.

Electronics: Original Fender single coil pickups date to ’73. Pots have been replaced, and date to ’87. Original black control knobs with white indicators, 1x tone, 1x volume, 1x blend. All electronics have been tested and are fully functional.

Case: Period correct hard shell case included. The case shows visible wear on one side of the case, and one of the latches is broken. 

Why We Love Fender

It's hard to find a name more synonymous with guitars than Fender. Ever since Leo Fender burst onto the scene with his now-iconic Telecaster, Fender guitars have found homes in the hands of brand new guitar players and seasoned rock stars. When the headstock says Fender, you know you're getting a quality instrument.