Alder body, beautifully straight-grained Maple neck, similarly nicely grained Rosewood board, vintage profile frets, ‘Vintage Jazz Bass’ pickups, vintage-correct stacked volume & tone knobs, (volume and tone control for both pickups)… man what a package! Like we said at the front, when Fender do something right, they really do it right.
Sixty thousand dollars
Original 1962 Jazz Basses have been selling in the forty to sixty thousand dollars range over the past couple of years – but sales are few and far between, as the ’62 model has become one of the bass world’s most desirable instruments, so anyone who owns one is hanging onto it. And since Fender discontinued the ’62 American Vintage Reissue model, (AVRI), in 2012, prices on these have also been steadily climbing.
A major factor in the popularity of the ’62 Jazz Bass, is its fabulous slim neck and nut width, making the Jazz a great instrument for guitarists that need to play some occasional bass. The neck also lets you cut wild and loose, readily turning the Jazz Bass into a lead instrument. Check out the end section of our soundfile for some great bass-as-lead-guitar playing.
This 2006 model looks and sounds exactly like one of the 1962 originals. It comes with its original tweed hard case and is in Excellent+ condition, other than a couple of small dinglets and a repaired paint chip on the edge of the bass horn. (See pic # 8) The Rosewood board emerges almost organically from the tortoise scratchplate, managing to combine the tortoise, the chocolaty Rosewood, the Olympic White finish and the metal and black of the hardware, all into one stylishly cohesive unit.
The bass was previously owned by a 20 year old girl from San Diego, who had been tagged to fill in on bass with a new band, but wasn't really digging it. The band found themselves a proper bass player and she went back to guitar and flute. The dealer we bought it from didn't know its prior history, but we've ascertained it's a 2006 model, (pots dated 31st week of '06, body & neck dated Oct/Nov), so it could well have had a previous owner as well. Pots are dated the 31st week of 2006, the neck dates are Oct 6 and Nov 10, while the body is dated Oct 14. That late in the year, this could well have been someone’s 2006 Christmas present.
Olympic White lacquer
With its super-playable neck, super-quiet electrics, and original paperwork & tags in the case – plus case keys and the often missing felt mutes – everything adds up to make this ’62 reissue Jazz Bass an incredibly desirable number. Oh, and the finish is Olympic White lacquer – not poly – hand-sprayed in the Fender Custom Shop! And, being a lacquer finish, the color has already aged to a lovely warm light buttermilk, almost passing for a genuine 1962!
Free courier delivery
As with all Just Guitars instruments, this awesome ’62 American Vintage series Jazz Bass comes with free courier delivery to any address in Australia. ($100 airfreight to New Zealand, $175 to the US, Canada, UK and mainstream European countries)
Weight: 9lb 10oz / 4.37kg