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Monday, January 9, 2012

1966 FENDER JAZZ BASS



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"Serial Number: 145228 (F-plate)
Potentiometer Codes: 304-6618
Neck Date: 7 APR 66 A
Weight: 10 lbs. 2 oz.
Pickup Resistance/Output: 6.0Ω/6.3Ω

While not quite a pre-CBS production piece, all of the significant features are identical to those of a pre-CBS instrument, including: a nitrocellulose Candy Apple Red custom color finish on both the body and headstock, gray bobbin pickups, cloth wiring and a gold transitional decal. Specific to ’66 Jazz Basses only, it features a rare one-year-only bound fingerboard with dot inlays, which is reminiscent of those made prior as designed by Leo Fender himself. Not much later in 1967 would the dots be replaced by large prominent block inlays. Additionally, 1966 was the only year to feature the Fender paddle-shaped "lollipop" tuning machines, which reverted back to the clover-shaped tuner key the following year as well. These details render this particular variety quite rare, being produced like this for under a year. Considering these transitional qualities explains why fewer of this variety Jazz Bass are seen compared to both earlier and later versions.

The neck is dated “APR 66,” and all three of the original pots display the date code “304-6618.” The bass weighs an average 10 lbs. and 2 oz., and feels great to play when sitting down or when attached to a strap. The neck is perfectly straight, and the action is surprisingly low. Comfortable and accessible regardless of personal preference, the neck profile feels fantastic. The binding really enhances mobility, and the gentle neck wear is that which Fender has been trying to recreate on their Relics. The frets exhibit expected minimal wear on the first 5-6 frets."


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