Fender Fretless Jazz Bass - 1974 - Babicz Bridge - Case - USA Made. Surface cracking on alder body with age. Babicz full contact bridge fitted. Fender moulded jazz bass case. Maple neck - ebony fingerboard - custom ebony control knobs and thumb holder.
Beautiful sounding and looking bass. Here is some more details on the bass after receiving some questions.. I've had it in storage for years, and had it my my head that it was 1972 from memory. Checking the number, you're quite right - it dates to 1974 (I'll make the changes to the listing after this). It's hard to date all aspects for sure, as even being built in those days parts were often assembled with different dates.
Whether the neck was on it originally, or added at a later... I can't say with any certainty. The neck is definitely a vintage and works great with the bass. It's very unusual for sure being fretless ebony. There are no signs of it being converted from a fretted neck.
The nut is made from brass and the machine head plates are larger than some. The original chrome control plate and tall chrome knobs are inside the case you'll see them in photos0.
Easily swapped back, but I changed them over for the all black look & better functionality. There's a company in Scotland I got the hand made ebony control knobs from - they feel better to use and are solid ebony. The thumb holder is solid ebony too and the holes for it were already there. The previous owner changed the bridge from the original small jazz bridge to a precision one as he thought it was sturdier and worked better. The original bridges are very small and basic - would be easy to pick one up if wanted.
The reason I changed that again for the Babicz FCH bridge is for a couple of reasons. First, I have an all black Fender Tony Franklin precision fretless bass as well. I got it from an American owner that had had a professional customisation done on it by Pheonix Guitars.
It also had the bridge upgraded to the Babicz FCH for greater adjustability. I upgraded the jazz bass bridge to match this (as it was changed anyway) - looks and sounds great with improved adjustment. The alder body has had no reworking (no filling of any old holes, nicks or repainting). The age related surface cracks in the paint finish (checking, I think it's called) are not immediately obvious. Looks far worse in photos under the flash light.I like to include photos with different lighting to show the instrument better. It works well for protection and is perfectly contoured for the shape of the bass (made by Fender). Any changes are for good practical reasons. As it is - it's a great vintage bass with an amazing sound and great to play. The bridge is the obvious change - but a good practical one with great adjustment. The case has better protection than the original ones. The price is very fair I think, but I'm open to offers. Happy to keep it, but it makes sense to advertise, as I'm not playing it. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & DJ Equipment\Guitars & Basses\Bass Guitars". The seller is "funklefester" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Greece, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Korea, South, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei Darussalam, Cayman Islands, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Macau, Monaco, Maldives, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Bahamas, Colombia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Uruguay.