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Username: glocke

Post Number: 939
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, October 06, 2012 - 7:49 am:   Edit Post

I have a 64 jazz that is a refin, but has the original pups and wiring...It is actually a great bass, plays and sounds fantastic, but the the last few times I played it the pots were scratchy as hell, and the pups cut in and out.

ANy suggestions on what to do with this or who to take it to in the philly/central jersey area to be looked at???
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 1313
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, October 06, 2012 - 2:01 pm:   Edit Post

Just box it up and send it to me in Boulder. I'd be happy to give you an evaluation and report back in 10 years or so!


Sorry, don't know anyone in Philly who could look at it, but these issues can be pretty easily fixed.
Username: that_sustain

Post Number: 53
Registered: 8-2012
Posted on Saturday, October 06, 2012 - 8:09 pm:   Edit Post

You might want to go to the official Fender site and talk to a guy named Brother Dave. He knows a great deal about Fender and it's history. He'll know where to have it repaired, also.

Have some pics ready...
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 508
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, October 07, 2012 - 11:04 am:   Edit Post

Great bass, simple as all get-out to work on.

1st, try spraying ‘pot cleaner and lubricator’ into the pot opening with one quick shot, then work the knob around 50 times. Don’t use just pot cleaner, as it will tend to dry out the pot and make it worse.

Failing that to work, I would look for some vintage pots (CTS, Centralab?) 250k pots to replace the originals (Ebay) or just new ones if it is going to be a player. If you have any soldering skills at all, you can do it.

I actually have a vintage Centralab 500K pot dated 1964, but I think you need 250K ones for that bass.

I also would take a 9mm brass pistol bore brush and dip it in rubbing alcohol and shake it off and then insert it into the output jack a little to clean it.

Good luck,
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 1998
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, October 07, 2012 - 2:42 pm:   Edit Post

Try re soldering all the joints on the pots and jack socket. After nearly 50 years of playing and gigging they will have most probably become oxidised and don't pass the signal as well as they should(In addition to everyone else's suggestions)

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