Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Discussion of vintage Jazzmasters, Jaguars, Bass VIs, Electric XIIs and any other offset-waist instruments.
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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by CivoLee » Fri Jul 09, 2021 8:21 pm

Sauerkraut wrote:
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Wrong thread. You should post that in the „why did you do this thing to me?“ one.

What a horrendous finish. At least they don’t claim it’s original (though they also don’t say it’s not). Looks like a bowling ball or something.
I dunno, I kinda like it...but then again, I am a fan of unique finishes...

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by Sauerkraut » Sat Jul 10, 2021 1:57 am

CivoLee wrote:
Fri Jul 09, 2021 8:21 pm
I dunno, I kinda like it...
”Fetishes, he was into fetishes.”

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by Axolotl » Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:33 am

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Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:22 am
To prove that there are still some sane prices, it looks like GC has a '65 refin Jag for $3k.

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Fende ... 6971384.gc
About a month later that Jag is still there... Maybe things are cooling down after all.

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by smjenkins » Mon Jul 12, 2021 6:28 am

Axolotl wrote:
Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:33 am
smjenkins wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:22 am
To prove that there are still some sane prices, it looks like GC has a '65 refin Jag for $3k.

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Fende ... 6971384.gc
About a month later that Jag is still there... Maybe things are cooling down after all.
I just looked a bit more closely, there might be a reason it's still available. It appears to have a Mustang bridge and the rhythm circuit switch is red. This is a very non-original vintage Jag. I bet there's more shenanigans if you were too take it apart.

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by gishuk » Mon Jul 12, 2021 6:55 am

edit - Wrong thread :fp:

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by graceless » Fri Oct 01, 2021 10:49 am

The cheapest way into a vintage offset is NOT through a Fiesta Red JM...but $33k...keep dreaming :D

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by mbene085 » Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:16 pm

graceless wrote:
Fri Oct 01, 2021 10:49 am
The cheapest way into a vintage offset is NOT through a Fiesta Red JM...but $33k...keep dreaming :D

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I feel like this is the guitar version of, "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." Only it's, "set asking price for the guitar you want, not the guitar you have."

Having said that, I'm sure in 10 or 20 years someone will find this post and laugh at how we thought that was a high price.

They'll be all, "man, can you believe you could have had a mint condition Fiesta Red Jazzmaster in 2021 for less than a single bitcoin?"

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by smjenkins » Sun Oct 03, 2021 12:47 pm

On the flipside, this looks like a pretty good deal for a '65 JM refin (no affiliation with the listing):

https://reverb.com/item/45211533-fender ... 1965-refin

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by Mechanical Birds » Sun Oct 03, 2021 9:55 pm

Wow that’s nice

I was pleasantly surprised to find several comp Mustangs for prices that if I could afford it and was looking I would be fine with. The comp burgundy is my absolute favorite, just looks the coolest to me, but finding one with the matching headstock for anything close to reasonable has been impossible. BUT, there are a few with unmatched pegheads for ~$2,000 or so and that’s not awful to me

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by green_mario » Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:11 am

smjenkins wrote:
Sun Oct 03, 2021 12:47 pm
On the flipside, this looks like a pretty good deal for a '65 JM refin (no affiliation with the listing):

https://reverb.com/item/45211533-fender ... 1965-refin

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My dumb question of the day: do '65 JMs have a thicker neck, similar tot he '65 AVRI? I really prefer slimmer necks, like the old 90s Japan JMs.
Very glued and greasy reverb sound

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by Highnumbers » Mon Oct 04, 2021 7:49 am

green_mario wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:11 am
smjenkins wrote:
Sun Oct 03, 2021 12:47 pm
On the flipside, this looks like a pretty good deal for a '65 JM refin (no affiliation with the listing):

https://reverb.com/item/45211533-fender ... 1965-refin

My dumb question of the day: do '65 JMs have a thicker neck, similar tot he '65 AVRI? I really prefer slimmer necks, like the old 90s Japan JMs.
I can't speak to reissues in general, but '65 Jazzmasters typically have a medium-slim neck.

I have an early '65 (unbound neck) and it's slightly slimmer than my '62 Jazzmaster, and less tapered (i.e. it's the same medium-slim profile all the way along the neck).

From what I recall of playing Japanese JMs in the past, their neck profile is closer to the '60/61 neck shape (which is really slim). A '65 would be slightly larger than that, but certainly not chunky.

I could include measurements with calipers here (since it would be a lot more effective than just describing the neck) if that would be helpful.

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by cestlamort » Mon Oct 04, 2021 11:50 am

smjenkins wrote:
Sun Oct 03, 2021 12:47 pm
On the flipside, this looks like a pretty good deal for a '65 JM refin (no affiliation with the listing):

https://reverb.com/item/45211533-fender ... 1965-refin
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Is it weird to have a 4 JUL 65 neck stamp? It was a Sunday (and the Fourth of July).
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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by graceless » Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:34 pm

The first number doesn't indicate the date, but the model number.

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by green_mario » Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:08 pm

Highnumbers wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 7:49 am
green_mario wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:11 am
smjenkins wrote:
Sun Oct 03, 2021 12:47 pm
On the flipside, this looks like a pretty good deal for a '65 JM refin (no affiliation with the listing):

https://reverb.com/item/45211533-fender ... 1965-refin

My dumb question of the day: do '65 JMs have a thicker neck, similar tot he '65 AVRI? I really prefer slimmer necks, like the old 90s Japan JMs.
I can't speak to reissues in general, but '65 Jazzmasters typically have a medium-slim neck.

I have an early '65 (unbound neck) and it's slightly slimmer than my '62 Jazzmaster, and less tapered (i.e. it's the same medium-slim profile all the way along the neck).

From what I recall of playing Japanese JMs in the past, their neck profile is closer to the '60/61 neck shape (which is really slim). A '65 would be slightly larger than that, but certainly not chunky.

I could include measurements with calipers here (since it would be a lot more effective than just describing the neck) if that would be helpful.
Thanks! That is already a big help, no need to go out of your way to measure unless you want to
Very glued and greasy reverb sound

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Re: Cheapest way into a vintage offset?

Post by cestlamort » Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:28 pm

graceless wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:34 pm
The first number doesn't indicate the date, but the model number.
That makes sense. They went to dates later...

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