Re: Proving authenticity of a 1968 fender jazz bass sunburst in perfect condition
- From: "RD Jones" <annonn@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: 13 Dec 2005 22:00:09 -0800
> I had a question about proving the authenticity of an antique 1968
> Fender Jazz Bass Sunburst in new condition which is being auctioned by
> my dad on ebay. I included a picture of the guitar below. The Ebay link
> This antique 1968 fender belongs to my dad and I helped him list it on
> ebay. This guitar is in near perfect condition - I know, because it has
> been sitting in its case for as long as I can remember. The first time
> I ever saw this guitar was 11 years ago - the last time my family
> moved. It was actually my mom who showed it to me - she wanted to
> ensure that I was aware of its existence and that it was worth a lot of
> money. I think she wanted to make sure that my sister and I knew of its
> value since we would one day inherit it.
> Anyways, my dad has decided to sell the guitar. Although we include the
> serial number on the auction: ( 227448 ), many people are worried that
> it is not authentic. We are getting bizarre requests to remove the
> screws and show a picture of what the backs look like - methods to
> prove its authenticity. Is this really necessary? Should we have had it
> appraised first? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Are you (the son) not interested in playing the instrument ?
Or do you really need the money ?
I would consider this to be a family heirloom.
It's a shame it's never been played.
If you are committed to selling it you might be better
served by offering it to the Fender Co or some well
known player that surely would be able to offer you as
much as an eBay auction might bring.
I'd only use eBay as a last resort and only if you really
need to sell it fast. Probably too late for that now, unless
you pull the listing.
The instrument is not an "antique". That description only applies
to items over 100 years old. It is, however, vintage.
Somehow I think you may have known that ;->
Requests to reveal markings made during manufacture are not
bizarre in the least. A good clear close-up of the heel markings
is a standard eBay selling tool. The date codes on the back of
the pickups and pots are also a good idea.
Absent those and an appraisal from Gruhn or other vintage
instrument specialist you should at least offer a money back
inspection period to allow the buyer to get his own independent
appraisal. Fake eBay listings of 'vintage' instruments has
unfortunately gotten out of hand but the true value is to be
determined by what any individual is willing and able to pay.
If you really REALLY want to get the most out of it and don't
care who you sell to, I'd seriuosly consider pulling the listing
and go about getting the bass appraised and then research
the vintage instrument collector's market. This way you might
even see the bass on the cover of a CD or in a video some day.
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