1982 Fender Jazz Bass

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In 1982 the fret markers transitioned from pearloid blocks to plastic dots and the bridge plate became slightly thicker. White plastic pickup covers and volume/tone knobs became standard. The thumb rest was discontinued and the bullet shape truss rod adjustment began being phased out.

Other 1982 Jazz bass characteristics: Smaller headstock decal logo including serial number beginning with an "E2" 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, rosewood fretboard or one piece maple neck with skunk stripe, white plastic neck binding, medium jumbo fret wire, neck butt date etc. ink stamps, extra hole on neck butt for hanging while painting, 4 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, predominantly a white/black/white vinyl pickguard, date ink stamped grey bobbin pickups, chrome pickup cover and bridge cover with foam rubber string mute, CTS potentiometers, orange drop tone capacitor, plastic wiring, ground wire route underneath bridge, single groove bridge saddles, black plastic rectangular or molded case with imprinted logo.