Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

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Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

Postby felig » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:37 am

I was recently looking at some American Vintage RI Jazzes on several online sites & then went directly to Fender. I notice that the current '62 RIs no longer have the brass grounding strip between the bridge & bridge pickup. Also, the Jaco tribute (the unreliced one) also no longer has the exposed ground strip. I also read in several spots that the Jaco tribute now sports side dots between the fret lines (instead of on the fretline as they originally did) & I'm not sure if the fretboard is still pau ferro--it's only listed as poly coated but in the pictures it looks more like it is now rosewood than pau ferro.

I haven't done the "full Geek" look for other changes...kind of hard because we don't see a lot of the American Vintage reissues hanging on store walls down here in Ft. Myers. My 62 Jazz RI is a '98 & my Jaco Tribute is one of the earlier ones and don't have what appear to be changes in the current lineup.

Anyone geekier than I who might know when these mods occurred?
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Re: Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

Postby Caca de Kick » Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:31 am

From the ones hanging in the stores here, I saw the ground brass strip not there back in 2008. I also noticed the neck profile of the 62RI Jazz is now thicker front-to-back. I suppose they finally did something to try to keep the necks from developing warp/bow issues? (I've had two old ones screw up on me)
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Re: Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

Postby felig » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:28 am

Address the warp/bow issues? Wow, they really have moved away from vintage spec! My '65 Jazz had more twists & turns than a mountain road in Viet Nam--& that was with about 15 years of nylon tapewounds.
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Re: Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

Postby harleyyy » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:15 am

Was anything done to fix the Geddy models? Those neck issues became a bigger problem IIRC.
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Re: Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

Postby felig » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:45 pm

Not sure, Pete, but I've heard about the problems. I had an early one & the neck was fine. I see the Geddy & Marcus Millers are now made in Mexico...not sure when production moved from Japan. I've heard that the Geddy''s
black, block fretboard markers are now painted on rather than inlays. I wonder if they found that inlaying somehow contributed to the neck problems on the thinner Geddy neck.
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Re: Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

Postby harleyyy » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:39 pm

felig wrote:Not sure, Pete, but I've heard about the problems. I had an early one & the neck was fine. I see the Geddy & Marcus Millers are now made in Mexico...not sure when production moved from Japan. I've heard that the Geddy''s
black, block fretboard markers are now painted on rather than inlays. I wonder if they found that inlaying somehow contributed to the neck problems on the thinner Geddy neck.


Yep that's right, I remember the painted blocks. The P with blocks I have from Japan are inlays FWIW.
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Re: Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

Postby oneluckyguy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:32 am

Reading this I thought back and realize I've never owned a single Fender bass that I didn't automatically replace the neck on (from my 60's/70's early 80's ones. The Geddy's were warpin' fools back when, dunno now. Once Warmoth started cranking them out everything wore them. Can't remember before them. Ehhh Mighty Mite? [smilie=coz.gif]

Not a clue. Don't worry Pete, your 70's P still flies the 'pole with pride [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]


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Re: Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

Postby harleyyy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:03 am

oneluckyguy wrote: Don't worry Pete, your 70's P still flies the 'pole with pride [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]


Me worry? [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]
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Re: Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

Postby felig » Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:28 pm

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Re: Geeky '62 USA Jazz question

Postby felig » Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:40 pm

harleyyy wrote:
Yep that's right, I remember the painted blocks. The P with blocks I have from Japan are inlays FWIW.
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The last I purchased from my guitarist when he closed his shop this past April was one of those new P 70s style with black neck binding & black inlaid blocks...guess the painted blocks must be exclusive to the MIJs.
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