This is a vintage 1973 Fender Jazz Bass electric bass guitar with the original hard case, original owner’s manual, original metal bridge/pickup covers, and even the original La Bella flatwound strings! This near pristine 100% all original Fender Jazz Bass, serial number 388504, features a 4-bolt construction, a tortoise pickguard, and the most incredible Bird’s eye figured maple neck of any vintage Fender instrument I have ever seen. More like a late-’60s Jazz Bass with regard to both cosmetic appointments and in construction approach, this early-’73 Jazz Bass is an incredibly underrated variety and is certain to be a wise investment opportunity.
Absolutely stunning, and nearly perfectly preserved, there are only several very minute flaws that detract from it’s otherwise 10/10 condition rating. As can be seen in the photos, the pressure from the original installation of the bridge cover resulted in the compromising of the finish integrity in a small area. Clearly not playing wear, this era Fender instrument is notorious for such finish degradation around the neck plate, control plate, etc. It is a very small blemish. Also, there is one ding on the face of the body, which is evident in photos. Thankfully, the body finish has not faded, it is incredibly crisp and vibrant. The edges of the body do not exhibit normal case gassing, rubbing wear, or dings induced from playing, and aside from such, the body is in exceptional shape.
As briefly discussed above, the neck features incredibly attractive Bird’s Eye figured maple from the underside of the heel to the tip of the peghead. It is highly pronounced on both the fingerboard and the back of the neck, which is highly unusual for any Fender instrument from any era, but particularly a ’70s Jazz Bass!
It retains an original factory setup with original factory strings. It weighs a light weight 9 lbs. 5 oz., and it sounds fantastic.