1983 FENDER JAZZ BASS
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A new logo was introduced which included the serial number now 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 transistioned to a smaller tuner, only including the "F" logo imprint. A hex truss rod adjustment at the headstock was introduced. The thumb rest was gone. The fretboard's plastic binding was discontinued. The chrome pickup and bridge covers were discontinued. The vinyl pickguard transitioned from three layer to one layer and now had the volume and tone knobs directly mounted onto it. This caused the chrome controls plate to be discontinued. The 4 bolt neck plate transitioned from an F Series plate with black plastic gasket to a Fender name plate with tilt adjust. Both neckplates had no serial number. The bridge plate transitioned from 5 mounting screws to 3 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, 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, CTS potentiometers, tone capacitor, plastic wiring, body routes, black plastic rectangular or molded case with imprinted logo.