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A new smaller logo was introduced which still included the serial number, often beginning with an "E3" and 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. The Schaller clover tuners changed style and now only included the "F" logo imprint. A hex truss rod adjustment at the headstock was introduced. The fretboard's plastic binding was discontinued. The vinyl pickguard became one layer. The bridge plate now had only three mounting screws and hex height adjustments.

Other 1983 Jazz bass characteristics: Rosewood fretboard or one piece maple neck with skunk stripe, pearloid or black plastic dot fret markers, medium jumbo fret wire, neck butt date etc. ink stamps or neck butt pencil date, 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, white pickup covers, no chrome bridge or pickup covers, no thumbrest, date ink stamped grey bobbin pickups, white plastic volume and tone knobs with numbers, CTS potentiometers, tone capacitor, plastic wiring, ground wire route underneath bridge, black plastic rectangular or molded case with imprinted logo.