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Fender advertisement (1966)

The Name that Makes the Difference

Fender Jazz bass

This mid sixties advert shows a Fender decal being applied to a Jazz bass. Despite the model depicted, this is really an advert for the Fender company rather than any individual model.

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Fender advertisement (1966) The Name that Makes the Difference

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1961 Fender Jazzmaster

1961 Fender Jazzmaster

Savannah, Georgia, 314**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$825

pSelling a 1961 Fender Jazzmaster in Olympic White. The body is alder, the fingerboard is Brazilian rosewood (slab board). The guitar is completely original, only the frets and the nut have been replaced, the electronics are untouched. The neck pickup is working. The tremolo works perfectly, holds tuning well. Original case included. Very musical. No issues with the guitar. This specific model features a slab-style rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, a clean and simple single-cutaway body ... more
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Fender 1 MEG AUD Pots P Bass Jazzmaster Jaguar 1965 - Original Solder Joints

Fender 1 MEG AUD Pots P Bass Jazzmaster Jaguar 1965 - Original Solder Joints

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 708**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$185

This is a matching set of 1965 Stackpole pots from a 1965 Fender Jaguar. These were used on the Jaguar, Jazzmaster, and P Bass. 304-6530 matching date code on both pots. Factory solder joints. Original capacitor and resistor. This assembly was pulled from a fully functional guitar. Please ask all question in advance of purchasing.... more
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1969 Fender Jazz Bass rare all original last of the 60s great Post-CBS basses !

1969 Fender Jazz Bass rare all original last of the 60's great Post-CBS basses !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7995

Just in is a really clean & original 1969 Fender Jazz Bass w / all the right features, its has its original Sunburst finish over a lightweight Alder body, its White Bound & Block inlaid 4-bolt Rosewood Neck is super clean w / perfect logo & frets, its white block inlays have faded to almost see-thru over time, its ink date stamp is that typical odd set of #??s dating it to 1969 & she has pot date codes from the 42nd week of 1966, its original Tortoise-shell pickgard pulls this ... more
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Vintage Fender Mustang Bridge - 1960s or 1970s, Jazzmaster, Jaguar

Vintage Fender Mustang Bridge - 1960s or 1970s, Jazzmaster, Jaguar

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

Vintage Fender Mustang bridge from the 1960s or 70s. Perfect for a Jazzmaster or a Jaguar as well.
Please see our other items!... more
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Vintage Original 1969 Fender Jazz Bass 4-String (CBS ERA( Post 1966

Vintage Original 1969 Fender Jazz Bass 4-String (CBS ERA( Post 1966

Hoffman Estates, Illinois, 601**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6500

This vintage Fender Jazz Bass is a true gem for any musician or collector. Made in 1969 during the CBS era, it boasts an American Vintage series construction with a white ash body and a 4-string string configuration. The instrument has been carefully maintained over the years, ensuring that it is in top playing condition. The bass guitar was crafted in the United States and is perfect for any genre of music. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner, this Fender Jazz Bass is sure to ... more
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Fender Jazzmaster Spaghetti Logo Pre CBS Decal Ephemera

Fender Jazzmaster Spaghetti Logo Pre CBS Decal Ephemera

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$50

This listing is for one (1) Pre CBS Jazzmaster Spaghetti patent number style decal. The gold is slightly raised and tarnished. The formed clear carrier film is yellowed. You do not cut this style out. You just dip it in water for a few seconds and slide on. I never had a problem applying these. I have used others I bought around the same time, and they all work, no falling apart. However, because I have no control over the skill of the buyer, I am selling it "as is"
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Vintage 1977 - Sunburst Fender Jazz Bass w /  OHSC - Rosewood - All Original!

Vintage 1977 - Sunburst Fender Jazz Bass w / OHSC - Rosewood - All Original!

Guntersville, Alabama, 359**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6000

Up for sale is an all original, vintage 1977 sunburst finish Fender Jazz Bass with a rosewood neck and block inlays in beautiful condition.
This awesome Jazz Bass comes with the original hard shell case, case keys, a vintage embossed guitar strap, the original pickup and bridge covers as well as the original Fender warranty card!
It plays and sounds wonderful! The frets have tons of life left, it's set up really well with low action and there is no buzzing coming from any frets.
The... more
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1960s Fender Precision Jazz Bass Saddle

1960's Fender Precision Jazz Bass Saddle

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$30

This listing is for one (1) single 1960's Fender Bass saddle. This one came off a 1966 Jazz Bass. The screws were stripped and seized. Later I was able to successfully remove them. The new ones came out of a CBS dealer service kit. There is a blob of melted mute foam on it. Sold as is.
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1975 Fender Jazz Bass 3-Bolt - 9 81 LBS

1975 Fender Jazz Bass 3-Bolt - 9 81 LBS

Lawrence Township, New Jersey, 086**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2899

Bass is 6 5 / 10. There are some shallow dings on neck. A few spots of finish wear on front. Mutliple small, dings, scratches and chips. Pickups were swapped with USA Fender '70s Reissue


Brand: Fender
Model: Jazz Bass
Year: 1975
Serial: 671004
Color: Sunburst
Weight: 9 81 lbs
NECK
Neck Type: Bolt-On Frets: 20 Scale Length: 34 Fret Life: 85 Neck Material: Maple Fretboard Material:... more
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~ ALL Original ~  1976 Vintage Fender JAZZ BASS Natural Ash Electric BASS 1970s

~ ALL Original ~ 1976 Vintage Fender JAZZ BASS Natural Ash Electric BASS 1970s

Jacksonville, Florida, 322**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4597

Up for sale is an absolutely killer 1976 Vintage Fender Jazz Bass NATURAL!
Comes with the Original Owner's Manual, Instruction Manual, Original Hard-Shell Case and Keys!
Finish is beautiful! Has gorgeous tiny finish checking all over!
100% original parts featuring 1976 dated pots, original pickguard, knobs, tuners, etc
The neck is PERFECT. Nice easy action with no string buzz. The frets show minimal to no wear. The case is in excellent shape as well WEIGHT: 11 lbs. 11 oz Buy It Now ... more
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SURVIVOR! Vintage Fender POWER JAZZ BASS SPECIAL Japan 1980s PINK, ZEBRA STRIPES

SURVIVOR! Vintage Fender POWER JAZZ BASS SPECIAL Japan 1980s PINK, ZEBRA STRIPES

Luverne, Minnesota, 561**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$999

One of a kind vintage Fender Power Jazz Bass Special. Pink body with black zebra stripe decalsHas mojo, too many imperfections to list, see all photos. Takes 9v battery Pots are scratchyStraight neck. Honestly ones of the best necks on a bass I've ever played. Reliable and solid! No case. Will be shipped safely and securely.... more
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1980s Fender Japan JB-355 Jazz Bass Guitar w /  Gig Bag Dual Bartolini

1980's Fender Japan JB-355 Jazz Bass Guitar w / Gig Bag Dual Bartolini

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

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1980's Fender Japan JB-355 Jazz Bass Guitar w / Gig Bag Dual Bartolini
Hey now! You're looking at an incredible bass This is a 1980s Fender Japan JB-355 Jazz Bass Guitar It weighs 9 lbs 3 oz. 34" scale, 1 52" nut width The serial E968128 dates this between 1984-1987 Fender Japan is right up there with their custom shop, especially from these years, made in the famous Fuji-Gen Factory Excellent craftsmanship, amazing ... more
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1964 Fender Jazzmaster

1964 Fender Jazzmaster

Naples, Florida, 341**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6495

For sale - 1964 Fender Jazzmaster loaded body only with original electronics and hardware. No neck or tuners included. The body has been professionally refinished and looks great ! This loaded body is being sold as the original date stamped neck has previloudly been sold. I am selling this as well as the original JM case in another listing. Guitar played great and sounded great. Please look at pictures as they are part of description
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1966 Fender Jazzmaster - Lake Placid Blue

1966 Fender Jazzmaster - Lake Placid Blue

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6500

1966 Fender Jazzmaster in Lake Placid Blue refinish. Great sounding and playing guitar



The important parts are original: body, neck, electronics, pickups, and pots. The switch tip looks to be changed. Tremolo is original but has a new spring, arm and arm receiver. Pickup covers are original but have been painted / coated white to match the guard. Guard is not original??this was originallay sunburst and had a tortoise shell guard which doesn??t typically look great on ... more
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Squier by Fender Jazz Bass - Red

Squier by Fender Jazz Bass - Red

Perris, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$350

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Vintage 1960s Fender Jaguar Guitar Knobs - Mustang, Duo Sonic, Jazz Bass

Vintage 1960's Fender Jaguar Guitar Knobs - Mustang, Duo Sonic, Jazz Bass

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$75

Original 1960s Fender Jaguar knobs with a lovely patina. Appropriate also for Mustang, Duo Sonic, or Jazz bass.
Please see our other items!
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1970s Fender Jazz Bass Guitar w /  OHSC, Paperwork, Pickup Covers

1970s Fender Jazz Bass Guitar w / OHSC, Paperwork, Pickup Covers

Decatur, Alabama, 356**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2800

1970s Fender Jazz Bass vintage USA in original unaltered condition and well cared for. Played occasionally at church. Comes with original case, pickup covers, and user manual with matching serial number. A few very minor dings in clear coat and one cosmetic crack in clear coat finish spanning length of body back.... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass Sea Foam Green 197881088637 OB

Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass Sea Foam Green 197881088637 OB

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1536

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1975 Fender Jazz Bass American Mocha Walnut Brown 4-Bolt 1974 Vintage w /  Case

1975 Fender Jazz Bass American Mocha Walnut Brown 4-Bolt 1974 Vintage w / Case

El Cajon, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4000

1975 Fender Jazz Bass
The serial number is "606162" which dates it to early 1975. Fender changed from the 4-bolt to 3-bolt on this model in 1974 so this one's probably one of the last! The pots date to February and July 1974 (137-7405 and 7429). The date codes on the pickups and neck are not readable
The body is in good condition overall, but has a lot of dings, scratches, and scuffs. There is some routing in the neck pickup area but it's all covered by the pickguard. There's an extra ... more
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Vintage Working 1970 Fender Jazz Bass w /  Original Case, Electronics White / Maple

Vintage Working 1970 Fender Jazz Bass w / Original Case, Electronics White / Maple

Fort Collins, Colorado, 805**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4889

For sale is a Vintage '70 Fender Jazz Bass in decent vintage cosmetic and excellent working condition!
Fully tested and functional. Has great feel and mojo happening. Ready to be played again
Serial number 298167 on neck plate with "F" logo. Indicating 1970. Pot codes read 7th week of 1971, Stackpole
Most everything appears original: both pickups, neck, tuning machines, body (painted), knobs, neck plate. Bridge appears aftermarket vintage. Throwing in the one that was included which ... more
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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.