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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / 1983 Fender American Jazz



Aug 3rd, 2016 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I work at a music store. We sometimes buy used instruments. We're usually good at searching eBay, and the internet in general, to find the going value of instruments we've bought. However, we've found one that's stumped us. It's a Fender American Jazz, and the serial number (S852740) says that it's a '77 or '78 on Guitar Dater. However, we can't search for an American Jazz in those years and find much of anything that looks like the instrument we have.

We took the neck loose to look in the neck pocket and the end of the neck. There wasn't anything in the pocket, but the neck end is stamped 1983.

I was hoping to include pictures, but it doesn't look like this forum does pictures. It's a 3-color sunburst, with a white and chrome two-piece pickguard,aged white pickups and knobs, and bound rosewood neck with aged white dots.

Does anyone have any idea what model this bass is, and what the going price for them is?


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 3rd, 2016 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This forum does pictures.


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Aug 3rd, 2016 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To post photos you have to become a contributin member $30 a year OR you can post a link if you have them on the internet



Aug 4th, 2016 12:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for that info, Bubbalou. Right now, I don't have a way to post them on the internet and provide a link.

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Turn it down? It's barely on ten!
Aug 9th, 2016 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a pretty good idea of what you have but we need pics for sure.

Without looking at pics It's hard to say.

Steve Boisen


Aug 14th, 2016 10:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The 1982 Fender catalog shows the standard Jazz Bass you describe. That's the year they dropped the three bolt neck and block markers and switched to white pickups, knobs and pickguard. The combination of the bound neck and binding was very distinctive and hadn't been done since the mid 60's.

In the 1983 catalog, you can see that Fender revamped the standard series basses again. The Jazz Bass lost it's binding and chrome control plate, but the previous version was made in 1983 before this series was launched. It's not uncommon for guitars and basses to be finished with older parts during this time as CBS was using up old inventory prior to the sale.

- Steve

Here's one on eBay

Danny Nader


You should have been there!
Aug 15th, 2016 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Use up old decals & make parts guitars. As Steve says, Fender was using up anything they had while they were shopping the company.

They used up old decals again after the sale. Neck dates & internal markings are perhaps the more accurate way to date instruments where the Serial Number doesn't quite fit the details.


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