1981 Fender Jazz Bass

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The "International Custom Colors" series of Arctic White, Morocco Red, Monaco Yellow, Maui Blue, Capri Orange, Sahara Taupe, Cathay Ebony and Sienna Burst was available. During the year the thumb rest was discontinued.

During the year the 3 bolt F Series neck plate with tilt adjust and no serial number changed back to a four bolt F Series neck plate with no serial number.

Other 1981 Jazz bass characteristics: Smaller headstock decal logo including serial number beginning with an "E1" or a previous "S" year decal, applied under the finish. For more precise dating, cross reference the serial number with the instrument's neck butt stamp, pickup stamp and potentiometer 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 body holes in neck pocket for hanging while painting, neck pocket date sticker, predominantly white/black/white vinyl pickguards, thumb rest 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, orange drop tone capacitor, plastic wiring, ground wire route underneath bridge, single groove bridge saddles, rectangular plastic case with black interior.