How rare is this... An early, super lightweight, 1974 Fender Jazz Bass, all original in Firemist Gold. Find Another...
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I bet you do not have one of these in your collection…!
This is an all original early 1974 Fender Jazz Bass in factory original Firemist Gold. Wow. The body is factory finished in nitro, as is the headstock face of course, the neck is finished in poly so you have a good selection of finish types there. Fender was still using nitro for the few custom colours they made for a lot of the 70’s even though long ago they switched to poly body finishes for their common colours.
The colour has faded a little, the gold mellowing over time as the clear coat has yellowed.This is especially evident when you have a look under the guard where you can see the original hue.
The back the stunning maple neck is wear free due, in no small part, to the polyester finish and shows little signs of use however there are a few marks on the body - on the back and along the sides (see photos). It feels very comfortable to play, the fretboard being in wonderful shape and the frets have plenty of life left in them.
The pick guard, knobs and pickup covers is in great shape as are the hardware. The electronics are all correct for the period, including late 1973 pots and plastic wiring. The grey bottom pickups are both nicely balanced that both sound exactly as you would expect the coolest JB from this period to sound.
The bass comes with a correct black tolex hardshell case and unlike many Fender JB’s from this period it is a real nice, super lightweight one at just 4.2Kg.
This instrument is a pleasure to play. Plugged in there is all those touch points we’ve come to look for in a good jazz bass smooth neck pickup that’s not too woolly whilst the neck pickup just growls. Combining the two brings a wide palette of tones.
If you’re looking for that custom colour bass to set off the collection, this surely is the one for you. In fact you will probably be the only kid on the block with a 74 Firemist gold JB.
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