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1983 Fender Jazz Bass



Color: Black, of course


1983 Fender Jazz bass, American made, E3 serial number, 4-bolt maple neck, original black finish.

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1983 Dan Smith-era Fender Jazz bass, American made, E3 serial number, 4-bolt maple neck, original black finish. Finish has some small swirls, scratches and dings typical of an almost 40-year-old bass, nothing down to the bare wood, small chip to finish in neck pocket. Neck shows some wear on the treble side edge. Someone (with terrible eyesight) decided to enlarge the side dots with a Sharpie up to the 12th fret. No attempt has been made by us to remove said enlargements. Does have a few non-original parts. Knobs are newer (had 3 Precision knobs); once had a BadAss bridge, now has a 1984 Fender Reissue bridge, you can see some marking on the body where the BadAss was. Weighs in at 10 lbs. Original made-in-Canada aftermarket black-lined, large center pocket, no-Fender-logo, 3-latch, black tolex hard case with “PEACEFREAK” stenciled on it; otherwise case is in excellent condition, all hardware and leather end caps intact, inside really clean.

An incredible player, one of our favorites, has that great Jazz neck feel and especially that Jazz tone. Setup a while ago with rounds but hardly played after that. Not enough credit is given for the quality of these “Smith basses” with their deep body contours and neck profiles more like the old ones. Did we mention the tone?

NOTE: Black guitars are incredibly difficult to photograph. Especially in trying to show all of the imperfections and getting a good balance on the white parts. In these photos, most of the body areas that show unevenness of color, white streaks or colored patterns are usually showing reflections. Any finish damages or imperfections of color are always addressed in text and shown in photos the best way we know how.

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