Following the success of the original Precision (P) Bass – Leo Fender released the Fender Deluxe model in 1960 where it 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 more to jazz musicians.
The Jazz Bass featured single coil pickups, with two pole pieces per string. This pickup configuration gave the Jazz Bass a stronger treble sound that the P. Bass and was Fender’s attempt to compete with the “famously bright” Rickenbacker bass of the ‘50s.
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.
With its bright sound and brilliant high end, the Jazz Bass was ideal for slap bass and great for finger picking style players too. The Jazz Bass’ 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.
The Fender Custom Shop is a division of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, housed within their headquarters complex in Corona, Riverside County, California. The Fender Custom Shop produces special-order guitars (like this Candy Apple Red Jazz Bass) for customers through a Custom Shop dealer network. They create limited-edition high-end quality guitars and basses. The primary intent of the Fender Custom Shop was to create instruments in the tradition of Leo Fender and his staff at the original Fender facilities in Fullerton, CA, accommodating famous endorsers and other discerning players who wanted the accuracy, detail, and quality - as well as customization and personal touches.
Fender Custom Colour - Candy Apple Red
Maple neck with a “C” profile
1 1/2″ wide nut
Indian rosewood fretboard
Clay dot inlays
Weight is 9.62 lbs (with all the metal hardware on board!)
Serial # is CN92909 = 2001
This is a beautiful Fender Corona Custom Shop 1962 reissue Jazz Bass. Equipped with a pair of hand-wound Custom Shop Jazz Bass pickups to power through any mix with ease. The two-piece alder body—with a Closet Classic nitrocellulose lacquer finish—is hand-selected for its light weight and strong grain, as is the tinted maple neck with a vintage-accurate ‘60's C-shaped profile.
Whilst the guitar is over 20 years old, it is in ‘near new’ condition. It has a few very light button scratches on the back but nothing offensive. This beauty has had one owner and very little use, indicated by its remarkable appearance and condition.
This J Bass has a big, ballsy sound, the neck is straight & comfortable, the pickups sound great, and it’s everything you could want in a classic Fender bass, without the price tag of the vintage original.
Comes in its original tweed Fender hard case in good condition.