First introduced in 1960 as the Fender Deluxe Model, the Fender Jazz Bass was marketed as a stablemate to the upmarket Jazzmaster guitar. It was renamed the Jazz Bass as Fender felt that its redesigned neck – narrower and more rounded than that of the Precision Bass – would appeal to jazz musicians.
As well as having a non-symmetrical and more contoured body shape (known in Fender advertising as the “Offset Waist Contour”), the Jazz Bass neck is noticeably narrower at the nut than that of the Fender Precision Bass. While the Precision Bass was originally styled similarly to the Telecaster guitar, the Jazz Bass’ styling was inspired by the Jazzmaster guitar, with which the J Bass shared its offset body and sculpted edges that differentiate it from other slab-style bass bodies.
The original intention of the instrument was to appeal to upright bass players. The original Jazz Bass had two stacked knob pots with volume and tone control for each pickup. In late 1961 it received three control knobs – two controlling the volume of each pickup and one the overall tone.
The Jazz Bass’s bridge pickup gives more treble, and the neck pickup yields a rounder sound with the brightness coming from the two pickups and their positions being at different points in the string’s lengths.
Maple neck with a “C” profile
1 1/2” wide nut
Bound rosewood fretboard
Pearloid block inlays
Weight is 8.8 lbs
Serial # is 505xxx = 1973 or 1974
This one has had some work done over the years. Changes include –
Badass bridge – big, solid, quality unit
EMG active pickups
Controls rewired with quality CTS pots dated to Jan 1984
Correct reproduction pickguard
Drill hole in control plate
It presents in player grade condition with the expected road worn finish, lacquer checking, metal tarnishing and tons of vintage vibe. The tuners are strong and accurate, truss rod is fine and the bridge adjusts perfectly.
This J Bass plays well and sounds big. Whatever your thoughts on active EMG pickups, on this bass they produce a beautifully rounded, bold and punchy sound that will anchor the bottom end of any mix – live or in the studio. And with absolutely no noise.
This is a solid, straight USA made 70s Fender Jazz Bass in good but modified condition. But it’s been modified in a way that makes this one a real good player – reliable, noise free, with great feel and sound, at a price which reflects the changes made.
Comes in a non-original hard case in good condition.