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Username: glocke

Post Number: 78
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2005 - 6:47 am:   Edit Post

I may need to sell one of my jazz basses in the near future to pay some debt, and need to find out what a reasonable price would be. I checked ebay, but the prices there seem to be pretty inflated, especially the guitar center ads.

I have a 64 jazz bass, all original except it is was refinished...and a 72 that is all original, but is "well loved" (lots of buckle rash)...

I have seen prices as high as 4000.00 for a 64 refin, and as high as $2500.00 for a beat up 72 on ebay...but neither of these sold...

does anyone know where I can find reliable pricing data?
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Username: rami

Post Number: 517
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2005 - 9:51 am:   Edit Post

Hey Greg,

Your prices are about right. Refinished early 60's Jazz Basses take a huge hit in resale value compared to original ones. I've seen prices as high as $5000.00-$6000.00 for a refinished early 60's Jazz, and as high as $10,000.00-$14,000.00 for original ones in good condition. But I think $3000.00-$4000.00 would be more realistic and more likely to sell. I think $2500.00 for a fully original '72 is reasonable. Collectors like a little to moderate wear - it contributes to its authenticity.
Keep in mind that there's a buyer for everything, and that there's always a demand for vintage Jazz Basses. I'm sure you'll get your asking price with a little patience.

Good luck.

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Username: the_mule

Post Number: 559
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 7:30 am:   Edit Post

From a player's point of view: which one do you prefer? Investment-wise, even though it's a refin, the '64 is will always be the best choice to keep in your stable, the notorious pre-CBS factor. The prices for seventies Fenders continue to amaze me...

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Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 816
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 8:29 am:   Edit Post

I believe the new issue of the vintage guitar guide came out in October. I have been told by several collector friends that prices usually jump for all vintage instruments following its release. Probably worth checking out, so you don't underprice yourself. Hope you find this puts you in a better position, whichever way you decide to go.
Username: glocke

Post Number: 80
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 1:59 am:   Edit Post

thanks guys.. I hate to get rid of either one, its atough choice..
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Username: 1stbass

Post Number: 120
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 4:05 am:   Edit Post

Hi Greg,
For more price data on your jazz bass, you can check out the Bass Palace web site. Bob selles a lot of vintage fenders and he discribes them very well. This may give a good idea.
Good luck

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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 239
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 4:00 pm:   Edit Post

some really good stuff!.http://www.basspalace.com/

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