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Early 1983 Fender Jazz bass, E3 serial number, maple neck, original black finish. Finish has some small swirls, scratches and dings typical of an almost 40-year-old bass, nothing down to the bare wood, small chip to finish in neck pocket. Neck shows some wear on the treble side edge. Someone (with terrible eyesight) decided to enlarge the side dots with a Sharpie up to the 12th fret. No attempt has been made by us to remove said enlargements. Does have a few non-original parts. Knobs are newer (had 3 Precision knobs); once had a BadAss bridge, now has a 1984 Fender Reissue bridge, you can see some marking on the body where the BadAss was. Weighs in at 10 lbs. Original made-in-Canada aftermarket black-lined, large center pocket, no-Fender-logo, 3-latch, black tolex hard case with "PEACEFREAK" stenciled on it; otherwise case is in excellent condition, all hardware and leather end caps intact, inside really clean.

An incredible player, one of our favorites, has that great Jazz neck feel and especially that Jazz tone. Setup a while ago with rounds but hardly played after that. Not enough credit is given for the quality of these "Smith basses" with their deep cutaways and neck profiles more like the old ones. Did we mention the tone?

NOTE: Black guitars are incredibly difficult to photograph. Especially in trying to show all of the imperfections and getting a good balance on the white parts. In these photos, most of the body areas that show unevenness of color, white streaks or colored patterns are usually showing reflections. Any finish damages or imperfections of color are always addressed in text and shown in photos the best way we know how.

Black and Blacker

Black and Blacker

Very Good
Original Hard
$1,650 down from $1,850
Black and Blacker
Leo Black / Eric Kister
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Buyer pays all costs for shipping and insurance. All shipping is calculated based on weight of guitar in case. USPS is our preferred carrier for items of value less than $5,000; you can get a good idea of all shipping costs on the USPS.com website. Shipping is calculated from Chicago 60609.

All of our instruments are in the conditions as described. No attempt to deceive or misrepresent would ever be intended or tolerated. Any modifications or damages have been noted and photographed. So, even considering all sales are final, all sales issues are on a case-by-case basis; any disputes about condition or vintage must be addressed within 48 hours of receipt. Buyer pays all return shipping and insurance costs.