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In 1980 Fender began to paint some instruments in the "International Custom Colors" series of Arctic White, Morocco Red, Monaco Yellow, Maui Blue, Capri Orange, Sahara Taupe, Cathay Ebony and Sienna Burst. It's unclear if these colors were offered to the public before 1981. The pickguard predominantly returned to white/black/white vinyl.

Other 1980 Jazz bass characteristics: Smaller headstock decal including serial number beginning with an "E0" or a previous "S" year decal 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, rosewood fretboard or 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, occasionally a black/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, numbered black plastic volume and tone knobs, CTS potentiometers, blue drop tone capacitor, Switchcraft input jack, plastic wiring, ground wire route underneath bridge, single groove bridge saddles, rectangular plastic case or black tolex Fender silver logo case with rust or black interior.