Going to look at a '74 Jazz bass. Kinda pricey??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by capnjim, Jul 26, 2021 at 9:37 PM.

  1. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    Hi guys, its been ages since I bought anything new. I sold a bunch of stuff, and have a bit of cash to spare.
    This came up locally for 3500$ cdn. Prices in my area have gotten insane.
    I figure, its sort of an investment as its 100% original and clean.
    Plus, I love the color.
    Going to look at it tomorrow, so I thought I would see what you guys thinks.
    He sent pics of the pots and pickups and all looks original. Comes with case and covers too.

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  2. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    While I love and own a pile of 70's Fender's, I have always stayed away from the 3-bolt necks.
    OTOH, if you love it, and it plays well, and it's 100% original, go for it!
  3. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    On the surface, $2800 is not a horrible deal for an original '74 Jazz, even in the U.S.

    Having said that, I'm not a fan of 3-bolt necks on CBS Fenders and would make sure that the bass plays/sounds/feels great before I'd part with cash.

    Good luck.
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    There are literally no new actual Seventies Jazzes, especially ones in good shape. How could the price not go up?
  5. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Not cheap but thats a real '74 jazz. I say go ger it!
  6. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Well, it looks pretty good!
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  7. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    Condition great or not I think $3500 is quite pricey for a 74 jazz. Not a bad price for a 1969-72 jazz, but pretty pricey for a 74. $3100 is the most I’d pay for that personally. But hey, if you play it and you love it, 100% worth it.

    Doh! didn't see that you were paying 3500 CANADIAN, that's not a bad price, I say go for it.
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  8. Garret Graves

    Garret Graves website- ggbassplayer.com Gold Supporting Member

    May 20, 2010
    Arcadia, Ca
    That depends on what happens in the years to come-will the supply of collectable vintage guitars that hit the market as older collectors sell off or die create a saturated market? If anything, today’s prices might end up being “the good old days” for sellers, with good days for buyers ahead. I predict price drops big time in the next decade or so for vintage. That depends on buyers being there to buy, I guess.
  9. Mike Vee

    Mike Vee

    Oct 8, 2012
    Los Angeles
    That's a good price. An american original 70s JAzz Bass isn't much less (may want to consider that instead anyway?)
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  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Given my age, I am not looking ahead too many decades.
  11. Paul New

    Paul New Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2004
    deepest alabama
    I would buy that in a heartbeat.
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  12. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan DNA Endorsing Artist Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    Well, I can't say if it's worth the price. I am also not a fan of the 3-bolt "micro tilt neck". I am a fan however of the 70's era spacing on the pickups. 70's era is 4" center to center. 60's era and I believe current production is 3.6" center to center. I had a '65 Jazz that I bought in 1966 and it was stolen in 1976 and it, of course, had the 3.6" spacing on the pickups. My '82 Jazz that I bought in 1985 has a maple neck and the 4" spacing and sound is slightly different. It has better sustain than my '65 had but I think that's because of the all maple neck. It has a slightly brighter sound than my '65 did and that's because my bridge pickup is almost 1/2" closer to the bridge than my '65 was. One other thing that 70's era spacing does is make it easy to make your bass growl - just dig into the strings over or right in front of you bridge pickup and she'll growl all day long.

    If you can play it, try that. I also wasn't a fan of the 70's Jazz because of the neck. Both my '65 Jazz and my '82 have a "60's slim C-shape neck with a 7.25" radius". I tried a lot of 70's Jazz Basses after my '65 was stolen in 1976 and the neck was always thicker. At least the radius was the same in the 70's. But among other things I had toured for three years playing 5-nights a week, 50-weeks a year, and got to know the neck on my '65 real well. In '66 Fender/CBS put a deep U-shaped neck on the Jazz that I absolutely hated and by 1967 they had gone back to the C-shape, but it wasn't the "60's slim C-shape" in fact I'd call some of them D-shaped because they were so much deeper. Finally found my '82 in 1985 after almost 10-years of searching and I was working PT at a music store at the time. So I'm a bit of a nut about Jazz Bass necks. Still, you should play it and see how it feels to you.
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  13. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    it seems you're ok with insanity so enjoy your new toy!
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  14. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe Be kind. Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Jax, Florida
    It's your money.
    For that kind of jack seems like you could get more bang for your buck here in the classifieds.
    Maybe two or three basses.
    This is talkbass, so more means better right?
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  15. NordicBard


    Nov 11, 2019
    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
  16. TrevorG

    TrevorG Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2012
    If your haggling I think it’s a fair starting price. Just up to you hope much you can get him down. The bass looks great
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2021 at 6:02 AM
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  17. baileyboy


    Aug 12, 2010
    That bass, providing there are no issues with weight, playability, etc. , seems priced to move. Perhaps it's on consignment and the seller wants a quick sale? I would definitely pay attention to the neck- look for warping, "humps", make sure the truss is moving in both directions. Good luck to you!

    If it were me, and I really wanted it, I would make a lower cash offer. If offer is refused and you really want it, just pay it and enjoy. If it's in great shape, and you wait too long, it will sell.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2021 at 5:55 AM
  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
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  19. bassinflorida

    bassinflorida turn that dang thing down

    Jan 27, 2014
    Tampa, FL
    Had a 72 J in 74. Great bass. Considered vintage now? Maybe but there are much better instruments for a lotless $$ now.
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  20. As the former owner of a 70's jazz bass with the micro tilt neck, I don't have much good to say about it.

    Firstly, the micro-tilt adjustment, when activated, means only the front section of the neck heel is in contact with the body of the bass and this affects the tone.

    Secondly, no matter how tightly I did up the neck screws on my bass, the slightest bump would put the neck out of alignment, and because there was a credit card's width of gap between the neck heel and the bass, it meant either E or G string ending up right over the outer edge of the fingerboard and the bass would go slightly out of tune.

    It was a pain.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2021 at 6:44 AM
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