For sale is this vintage 1963 Fender Jazz Bass guitar. This
particular Custom Color example, serial number 90117, is in 100% all
original condition. With an extremely rare configuration of both
original Blonde nitrocellulose finish and an Ash body, this bass doesn’t
just look incredible, but it plays beautifully and sounds exceptional.
In addition to its immensely rare finish and body combination, this bass
was procured from a dealer who purchased it from the original owner’s
family, and the bass also includes; the original hang tag with
corresponding serial number, the original Tolex case tag, a copy of the
original owner’s album by his band “The Fabulous Elegants,” and the
original brown case with orange interior. Suggesting that a blonde
custom color Jazz Bass with an Ash body, such as this, is rare almost
marginalizes exactly how difficult it would be to find another. The only
other similar available example is being advertised for sale at
$30,000.00, so Fender collectors and Jazz Bass enthusiasts alike should
take advantage of this highly unique and next-to-impossible opportunity
to buy one of the best electric basses ever made.
Serial Number: 90117
Neck Date Stamp: JAN 63
Pot Codes: 304-6320 (Stackpole, May ’63)
Pickup Resistance: 7.53Ω(bridge)/7.47Ω(neck)
Weight: 9 lbs. 7 oz.
This pre-CBS ’63 Fender Jazz Bass is in very nice 100% all original
vintage cosmetic condition and features all original parts, including:
the original custom color Blonde nitrocellulose finish over an Ash body,
a maple neck with Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, clay dot inlays, a
tortoise shell material pickguard, reverse tuning machines, original
pickups, original pots, original bridge and pickup covers, original
individual mutes, original frets, original hardware, the original brown
case, several original tags, and a photo of the bass on the original
Though this bass exhibits expected playing wear in certain isolated
areas, it is quite clear that this one owner instrument was very
well-respected and used quite lovingly. With finish wear on the back of
the neck, a small buckle rash on the back of the body, arm wear, case
wear on the sides, as well as, very mild oxidation on the metal parts,
this guitar features an overall very attractive subtle mojo that exudes
an authentic aging in the style of refined relicing. Aside from a
seemingly inevitable delicate low-E tuner split, which as the close-ups
illustrate is not a crack and has been stable for decades, this bass is
in 100% original unmodified condition with no breaks, no cracks, no
repairs, nor modifications.
The barely translucent Blonde finish appears to have been applied
twice, which results in wear revealing a slightly darker shade of the
same color, with the grain of the Ash body having a very minimal
presence. While mistaking Blonde for Olympic White, and vice-versa, has
always been quite common, this bass is definitively Blonde, as is
clearly indicated by the appearance of the finish in cavities, routs,
under the pickguard, and on the back of the body.
The bass sounds absolutely amazing. While the earlier concentric
stack-knob variety might be considered more collectible, this VVT
(volume, volume, tone/3-knob) arrangement is far superior, and players
like Jaco Pasotrius and Bobby Vega, went out of their way to convert
their stack-knob Jazz Basses to this 3-knob layout, which became
standard in ’62. Consensus online agrees, and the tone of Jazz Basses
with the electronic configurations is considered the better of the two,
and this particular example easily exemplifies such sentiment. Moreover,
the Ash body actually enhances the presence and punch, while retaining a
thick and thumpy foundation.
The bass has a very straight neck with slight relief, which makes
playability with the fresh Pyramid longscale faltwounds absolutely
optimal. Effortless to play, while producing amazing tone, this is a
seriously addictive bass, and once you pick it up, it will be difficult
to put down. Both pickups are equally balanced and high output, and even
the original mutes are intact enough to substantially and consistently
We accept Paypal, and have the account arranged so that you can pay with all credit cards, as well as, fund the purchase directly through your bank account.
Available for local pickup
from Los Angeles, CA
Ships from Los Angeles, CA to:
Since this item is both fragile and sensitive, it will be shipped professionally with all new packing materials, and the box will be reinforced with heavy gauge cardboard staples for maximum rigidity. It will also be shipped with insurance in the total amount of the total sale. International customers will receive an additional invoice on the exterior, in an envelope marked "invoice," for expedited customs processing. Though our default shipper is USPS, we have commercial accounts with UPS and FedEx, and would be more than happy to accommodate whichever method you prefer.
Shipping and handling will be:
- FREE within the Continental U.S.A.
- $99 to Canada
- $169 to Europe
- $249 to: South America/Australia/New Zealand/Spain/Portugal/Middle East/Asia/Africa/China/RussianFederation/Ukraine