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 Post subject: 1973 Fender Jazz Bass ??
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:14 am 
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Hi, I am Looking at a Fender Jazz Bass.The guy told ne it is a 1973.The Serial Number is MZ0276774.If anyone has any info i would sure be thankful.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:41 am 
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fjbass wrote:
Hi Peter. It should be a 2000 - 2001 MIM Bass. Go to Support on this site, Product Dating, Mexican Instruments.


Ok, there is a BIG difference between a 2000 MIM and a 73 jazz bass. A picture would easily disprove one or the other (though not necessarily prove).


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WELCOME to the forum Peter!

I agree with the other posts. This is a Made in Mexico bass produced in the years stated. It might be some sort of '73 Reissue or something, but it is not a 1973 Made in Fullerton, CA USA bass. Should be worth, depending on condition, about one-sixth to one-tenth of what a real 1973 one would be worth there.

Here where I live in NC, that bass in near mint condition might bring $300 to $400 in a private sale. Saw a 2006 sunburst one sell for $299 not long ago that was so minty that the protective plastic still on the pickguard. No kidding.


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 Post subject: 73 Jazz?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:19 pm 
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I would think some obvious clues would be, serial numbers notwithstanding, bridge pickup position, truss rod access and type, not to mention that a 73 probably had reverse gearing on the machine heads. Paint type would also be a clue.


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fjbass wrote:
Please excuse my lack of knowledge on MIM Basses, but how far does the MIM manufacture go back in the years? When did Fender start MIM Basses?

Early 90s I think

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 Post subject: Re: 73 Jazz?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:27 am 
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I would think some obvious clues would be, serial numbers notwithstanding, bridge pickup position, truss rod access and type, not to mention that a 73 probably had reverse gearing on the machine heads. Paint type would also be a clue.


Just to clarify- 1973 did not have reverse tuning machines. The reverse tuners went away on Jazz basses between '65 and '67. Reverse tuners are easy to spot since the original Fenders all have small clover ears and rivets attaching them to the tuner post.

Of course, after market tuners and vintage reissue tuners may or may not be reverse , so beware of tuner swaps.

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