Originally posted by Fatback
Just found this old thread.
Dan, You might have had one of the first '66s with rectangle inlays made late in the year. Ones made in the "transitional" years, '65- early '66, had the new binding but still had dot inlays. I used to think the binding and rectangle inlays happened at the same time, but they didn't. Most "experts" will tell you the rectangles didn't happen until '67, but I think they made a few using that new design in late '66.
The one in the above pic looks to have binding, but it's hard to tell. Looks like the ugly oval machines are correct for that year, but it's kinda hard to see in that case.
I'd buy it if the final large 9 were dropped and the comma moved a space to the left!
Andre "Fatback" Follot
Original '60 Fender Jazz, '93 Fender Deluxe Jazz (with John East J-Retro Deluxe on-board preamp),
'88 Wal, '76 Fretless Fender Jazz, '93 G&L ASAT, '83 G&L SB-2, MTD Saratoga
EarCandy Ozlo 212 sub
I'm positive that the 1966 had those rectangular marker because I remember slobbering all over it when I saw it and wished my '65 had the rectangular markers. Then, I picked it up to play it and found out that they had changed the neck to a piece that felt like a telephone pole compared to the neck on my '65 Fender Jazz. It was same width at the nut but the neck was at least twice as deep all the way down. Still wish I had the '65 Jazz, but my current 1978 Jazz has the same feel on the neck and has better sustain than my '65 did. Maple neck and fretboard on my '78 whereas my '65 had the rosewood fretboard. If I recall correctly, the 1966 Fender Jazz sold for $287 including the classic hard case.
I hate to say it, but if I was given or bought a '66 and it had the neck that was on the one at Bennett's Music in Santa Maria, CA in 1966....I'd switch out the neck...it sucked. It was CBS trading on the Fender name and cheapening the product. I didn't see any necks similar to my 65 until they started putting out the "re-issue" basses. My 1978 Jazz Bass was the only one that had the same neck as my '65 in 1984 when I was working PT at a music store and there were over 50 Fender basses (Jazz and P bass) hanging on the wall at the time. That's why I snagged it.
Loved my '65 and I love my '78.