Wednesday, August 06, 2014

1985 Fender® Jazz Bass Refurb Pt.1

Hi Everyone!

We had this 85' Fender® Jazz Bass come in for a refurb. The owner had been given it for free! She was looking to get it cleaned up a bit so gave it to us for a bit of TLC!

On the face of it, not too bad, there are many dings and depressions in the finish however without a full refinish these would be very troublesome to get out.

The bridge was quite dirty and the saddle adjustment screws were completely seized! Unfortunately the hex key heads had corroded so much that it was impossible for the allen key to find purchase and turn the screws. We managed to get them out with a pair of small vice-grips but they will need replacing entirely.

The control plate wasn't too badly tarnished, the screws holding the control plate and scratch-plate however did need replacing as most of the heads had corroded badly.

Grotty machine heads aplenty! A lot of tarnish and wearing on the mechanisms.

A lot more tarnishing on the peg heads!

As you can see the pegs themselves had become fairly bent over time. Nothing that a short straightening in a vice wont fix!

The fretboard wasn't too bad however the fretwire left a lot to be desired!

Something not seen on many new Fenders is the old 3 screw "micro-tilt" neck joint. A good idea in theory however never really executed that well.

Something we did find interesting, although the serial number on the neck indicates that this is a 1985-1986 bass, there was a stamp inside the neck pocket stating "Mar 98'" We can only assume that this bass has had a body change at some point in its life.

If anyone knows another reason why this would have this stamp, we'd love to know! Feel free to leave a comment or email us!

So there we have it! Not too drastic all things considered, stay tuned for part 2!

Best regards,
Mike & Martin


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