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1979 Jazz bass characteristics: Smaller headstock decal including serial number usually beginning with an "S9" or "S8" and applied under the finish (for more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's neck butt, pickup and pot codes), Schaller "open back" Fender name imprinted clover tuners with an ® mark and no rivet, bullet truss rod adjustment at headstock, one piece maple neck with skunk stripe, pearloid block fret markers, white plastic neck binding, medium jumbo fret wire, neck butt date etc. ink stamps, extra hole on neck butt for hanging while painting, 3 bolt F Series neck plate with tilt adjust and no serial number, neck pocket paint stick etc., extra hole in neck pocket for hanging while painting, black/white/black/white vinyl pickguard or white/black/white vinyl pickguard, thumbrest above E string, date ink stamped grey bobbin pickups, chrome pickup cover and bridge cover with foam rubber string mute, black plastic volume and tone knobs with numbers, CTS potentiometers, round yellow or orange tone capacitor, plastic wiring, round ground wire route underneath bridge, single groove bridge saddles, rectangular plastic case or black tolex Fender silver logo case with rust or black interior.