As well as being one of the legendary four-string machines, Fender’s great Jazz Bass has long had the reputation of being the perfect instrument for the guitarist that needs to play the occasional bass part. In one move, back in 1960, Leo Fender unleashed a bass that covered pretty much the entire market. He had already invented solid-body electric bass with the launch of the Precision Bass, in 1951. Loosely designed around Jazzmaster lines, the new Fender model proved just as much of a success as its predecessor.
Fast, easy playing
A smaller fit in the hand at the nut was one of the features that made the Jazz Bass an easy transition for guitar players, the resultant closer string spacing allowed fast, easy playing – just as smooth and fast as a Strat or Tele or Jazzmaster. (Beyond the 12th fret, Jazz Bass spacing is more akin to the P-bass, reaching standard spacing by the bridge)
More kick to the mids
With its parallel-wired, multiple pole-piece single-coil pickups, the Jazz Bass’s output is effectively that of a humbucker, delivering more defined string-to-sting clarity than the Precision, with noticeably more kick to the mids. The Beatles, The Band, The Who, Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Larry Graham from Sly & The Family Stone, Marcus Miller, plus the two legends shown in pic # 5 – Jaco Pastorius and Aston “Family Man” Barrett of Bob Marley’s Wailers – all these and countless others have made the Jazz Bass their bass of choice. (Go and pop on some Bob Marley and listen to Family Man’s amazing bass lines. Thank you, Fender Jazz Bass!)
Our 2005 American Standard here has as amazingly-grained body, the Ash, visible through the transparent finish, almost resembling cloud formations of a Redondo Beach sunset. (Sunset Orange Transparent was only ever available in combination with an Ash body – a US$100 upcharge. Regular production models featured cheaper Alder bodies)
Standard production features include twin graphite truss rods; modern C-profile Maple neck; Maple fingerboard, with rolled edges, medium-jumbo frets and a 9½” radius; individual pickup volume controls and master tone control; string-thru bridge, (can also be strung hardtail); parchment scratchplate; and S-1 switching. Situated on the neck pickup volume knob, the S-1 circuit switches the pickups between series and parallel. Engage the button and the pickups emulate P-Bass tone.
Aside from the professionally repaired paint chip shown in pic # 6, the bass is in immaculate condition. Complete with Fender hard shell case, (see pics 7 & 8), some of the original case candy is included, (cleaning cloth, hang tag, sticker), and the instrument is straight off the workbench, all set up and ready to slot its funk into your groove. Free courier delivery is included to any address in Australia. ($100 airfreight to New Zealand, $175 to the US, Canada, UK and mainstream European countries)
Current Australian RRP on an American Standard Jazz Bass is $3699 – our insanely nice Sunset Orange Transparent model is over $1500 less than that. And it sounds f**king awesome!
Weight: A hair over 10lb / 4.54kg