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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / '59 Jazz Bass Prototype

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Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
Aug 30th, 2017 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looks similar to the one on page 26 of The Fender Bass; An Illustrated History.

I'm digging the change out from under the sofa cushions now.

'59 J

(This message was last edited by iammr2 at 06:47 PM, Aug 30th, 2017)


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 30th, 2017 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very interesting.

My penny's worth vs $180,000 (gulp!):

It "appears" to be one, the jazz bass Holy Grail prototype from the Leo Fender period of the late 1950s.

Or at least one of the prototypes, because there may have been several.

I have looked at the ad very carefully and remain a bit disappointed that a bass which (we are being told by the seller) is one of the most historic in the history of Pre-CBS suddenly appears on the marketplace with so little in the way of documentation on where this instrument has been all these years and why the current owner has it.

If this is really the bass, it deserves better. Without more provenance, which locks down the trail to authenticity, it may be a hard item to sell.


(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 08:08 PM, Aug 30th, 2017)



Fender power to the people!
Aug 30th, 2017 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

That one comes out of hiding every year or two.
I think there were originally 2 or 3 prototypes,
each a little different.
I could be wrong about that and I am not sure the others are still round, if they ever were.
In any event, it's way past my price range.
I suppose you could carefully compare pictures to what is shown in the book.
With enough effort, most of it could be faked, but matching the wood grain exctly would be very hard.

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Aug 31st, 2017 12:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'd assume that the seller would have some documentation if Fender went through it as claimed.

Still pie in the sky as far as pricing is concerned, but...

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