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The Fender '70s Jazz Bass captures the essence of the decade with striking cosmetics and a bright, full sound. The original '70s Jazz Bass had a repo...Read More

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The classic Fender funkster is back!

The Fender '70s Jazz Bass captures the essence of the decade with striking cosmetics and a bright, full sound. The original '70s Jazz Bass had a repositioned bridge pickup-moved closer to the bridge-and the flashier look of big block inlays, neck binding, and bullet truss rod. The offset waist and ultra-slim neck make the '70 Jazz Bass more comfortable to play.

Vintage-style alnico magnet Jazz Bass single-coil pickups make this Fender bass sound like its forebears. The originals were widely regarded as the best funk basses of all time, and this new Fender reissue makes a great '70s classic bass guitar available to today's bassists.

Includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Alder body
  • Polyurethane finish
  • 1-piece maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with white binding
  • 7.25" radius
  • 1.50" nut width
  • Chrome hardware
  • 34" scale length
  • Vintage '70s "Fender" stamped open-gear tuning machines
  • American Vintage '70s bass bridge with single groove saddles
  • 3-ply black/white/black or white/black/white pickguard (depending on color)
  • Standard vintage alnico magnet Jazz Bass Single-coil pickups
  • (middle, bridge)
  • Volume/volume/master tone controls
  • Fender Super Bass 7250ML, NPS strings
  • Includes a gig bag
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Fender'70s Jazz Bass
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

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Best Fender Jazz For Less Than 2k

Whenever you make any major purchase (instrument, car, etc...) you always shop around for the best item at the best price. That's what I did before buying my 70s RI J...Read complete review

Whenever you make any major purchase (instrument, car, etc...) you always shop around for the best item at the best price. That's what I did before buying my 70s RI J Bass. I knew I wanted to go Fender Jazz because I just did not like the sound of a P Bass. I picked up the MIM Standard, the American Standard, the Aerodyne and some other models. Honestly, they all felt like junk, like toys. This bass really feels like a man's instrument. It is built like a tank. It is really solid, I feel like I could run over this bass with my car and it would be ok. Do not worry about this bass breaking.

I've had this bass for over a year and could not be happier. THIS IS THE FASTEST FENDER NECK OUT THERE. While the neck on the Geddy Lee model is slimmer, I found it uncomfortable. This neck is fast, small, and just plain solid.

There is one issue I had with this bass, however. The saddles on the bridge would constantly fall down. I'd raise them, and then after playing for a few hours it would fall down again and I'd start fretting out. It has the vintage style bridge which is kind of flimsy, so I bought a new full contact bridge and it was a great improvement! It fit in with no modifications and it looks great. This bass rings out for days!

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Disappointed

This is a bass with decent features, but rather poor playability, mostly due to the fretwork. Pros: Looks nice, has special bridge pup position for extra snap/growl, neck pup well-centered unlike...Read complete review

This is a bass with decent features, but rather poor playability, mostly due to the fretwork. Pros: Looks nice, has special bridge pup position for extra snap/growl, neck pup well-centered unlike other MIM J-basses. Cons: String buzz even with adequate bow in neck, surprisingly high frets, vintage fingerboard radius unnoticeable due to fret size. I was expecting the 70's bass to replace my MIM Jazz, but decided against it after trying it out. Unless your dying to have the 70's style, save some money and get a MIM Standard.

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5.0

Great Bass!

By Carl

from MT

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gigging

    Comments about Fender '70s Jazz Bass:

    After doing circles around fender jazz basses for many years I finally settled on the this one. With all the JBs available it was hard to decide! MIA, MIM, FSR? What to choose! My primary guitar up until now has been a Rick 4003 (sweet!). I really like the look of the 70's JB and the block inlay makes it easier to transition between the two. I need a classic 70's sound for the band I'm in and this does the job! This is a great bass. (I also have an FSR, but it ended up being my son's go to instrument! It's also a great guitar and a story for another time!)

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    5.0

    Great looking, sounding

    By Casey

    from Western North Carolina

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Looks Vintage
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Needs hardshell case

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender '70s Jazz Bass:

    Used for hobby 70s rock band. Looks great and appropriate for our music. I had been playing a precision but wanted more tone options. This thing is the ticket. Neck binding is smooth as silk. I had avoided the standard jazz because the pick-ups were in my way. The 70s jazz has the bridge pick-up closer to the bridge and it is totally out of my way. Large block inlay looks as good as the original 70s jazz except this bass is better quality than vintage models I have played. The truss rod and bridge saddles needed some minor adjustment for my string action preference. I would expect that of any new instrument. I am very happy with the purchase. This is a lot of bass for the money.

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    5.0

    very impressive

    By CBD jammim for JC

    from W.Paducah, KY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Fit Finish
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Lacked Shielding
    • Pick Guard Static

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Praise Worship
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender '70s Jazz Bass:

    More pleased with the Classic 70's than the American Standard I used to own. I love the brightness of the pickup spacing along with the mid-range growl. After playing primarily on 5 strings for years, the '74 deep u neck shape is refreshing. I installed a new Schaller roller saddle high mass bridge and I shielded all the cavities w/ copper tape to rid the bass of 60 cycle hum. also had to scuff the back of the pick guard to lose an annoying static pop (when slapping)added a piece of dryer sheet under pick guard for good measure. the neck has adjusted to a very straight position along with low action and I love this bass!

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    5.0

    Awesome!!

    By OneEyed

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    Pros

    • Craftsmanship
    • Function
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender '70s Jazz Bass:

        I can get every sound I want out of this bass, I would definitely buy another if I had too. My buddy recommended it and I will too! Funk, grunge, classic rock, hard rock. Now I need to upgrade my amp.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good tone but some flaws

        By dukati

        from Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Bridge
        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender '70s Jazz Bass:

        Good bass, easy to play and great tone. Neck is thicker, but easy to get used to, not a bad thing. Has a good bottom end with the right amount of growl. The bass comes "setup", but it needs an overhaul. It had plenty of fret buzz and the bridge is kind of meh. I set it up to get rid of most of the buzz, I'm a light player that likes a low-medium action. I wouldn't pay the price it's going for now and didn't. I'm ok with the pickups that are on it, they are a little weak with output. The bridge as some others have said could use a more solid replacement.

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        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Fender Jazz For Less Than 2k

        By Bassman

        from Connecticut

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Needs new bridge

        Best Uses

        • Harmonics
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Slap
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender '70s Jazz Bass:

        Whenever you make any major purchase (instrument, car, etc...) you always shop around for the best item at the best price. That's what I did before buying my 70s RI J Bass. I knew I wanted to go Fender Jazz because I just did not like the sound of a P Bass. I picked up the MIM Standard, the American Standard, the Aerodyne and some other models. Honestly, they all felt like junk, like toys. This bass really feels like a man's instrument. It is built like a tank. It is really solid, I feel like I could run over this bass with my car and it would be ok. Do not worry about this bass breaking.

        I've had this bass for over a year and could not be happier. THIS IS THE FASTEST FENDER NECK OUT THERE. While the neck on the Geddy Lee model is slimmer, I found it uncomfortable. This neck is fast, small, and just plain solid.

        There is one issue I had with this bass, however. The saddles on the bridge would constantly fall down. I'd raise them, and then after playing for a few hours it would fall down again and I'd start fretting out. It has the vintage style bridge which is kind of flimsy, so I bought a new full contact bridge and it was a great improvement! It fit in with no modifications and it looks great. This bass rings out for days!

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        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great JB

        Comments about Fender '70s Jazz Bass:

        The neck on this bass is thicker which I found to be a plus. The pickups I find are an upgrade from the standard ones. There are two issues I have with my bass both of which I first noticed four months after I bought it. The first is that there is a significant rattle in the bridge esspecially when you dig in on accents in the groove, but this does not transmit when plugged in so it does not bother me that much. The second is much more annoying but easier to fix, when I strum down when playing palm muted with my thumb the a string pops up out of its nut slot. I would replace the short nut that is stock on this, but the binding on the bass makes it slightly harder. I've learned to live with it but it is annoying.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        drools

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Fender '70s Jazz Bass:

        This is as far as you can get with a MIM J-Bass. The block inlays are just wonderful and the tuners are cool (you can see the mecanics, I love it!). Of course you should do a complete overhaul when you get it - you should always do that with a new instrument - but after you are gonna have lots of fun. People always compliment my bass and they love the Vintage style. All I can say about that bass is that the pickups are kinda weak. You can manage to get a great and versatile tone but the output is very low.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Snazzy bass

        By Drewcifer

        from Milwaukee

        Comments about Fender '70s Jazz Bass:

        I've owned this bass for about 4 months now. It's been on the road with me already and I really think it's a great bass for what I paid for it - before the 30% hike!Features - it's a Jazz Bass. It is what it is, nothing fancy, but so classic a sound that it pretty much can be used for anything. I really don't think the neck on this bass is all that chunky....I mean unless you're used to a Geddy Lee neck then I can see the neck being a little off-puting, but I love the profile on this thing.Quality - Very, very well built bass. Way better than any real 70's Jazz I've played. Neck pocket's very snug, overall fit and finish was flawless until - 2 months down the road the 13th fret came unseated. I took it to a professional who said that it looked like it had never been completely seated properly. Other than that - the pickups sound good, but seem weak to me. Much less output than my other basses (epi jack casady, rick 4003) so I replace the pickups with SD hot stacks - sounds much better and the output is much closer to where I need it to be. The bridge on this bass is pretty flimsy, but hey, it's a vintage RI bass with a vintage style bridge, so I know why it came like that. I replaced mine with a Hipshot A style and I'm much happier with it now.Value - again, I think it was a great value for what I paid for it. I'm a former employee of a large chain guitar store, so I got it just above cost. If I had to pay what the current street value is, I would have passed and started looking for a used MIA jazz instead.Overall, I still love this bass, despite having to make some mods and the fret issue. It's really great looking (especially in sunburst), it's really sturdy, and it just *feels* right. And it just *sounds* right through a nice tube head and 8x10! I'm really impressed with the quality of all the classic series instruments that's coming out of Fender Mexico, and up until recently, I would have said they're the best value on the market. Hopefully this price increase will level out at some point.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic MIM Jazz

        Comments about Fender '70s Jazz Bass:

        I've had this bass for about five months now. The first thing that drew me to this bass is the beautiful neck. I am a sucker for blocks and binding; this bass delivers. It is pure eye candy. I put on a tort pickguard and it made it look even sharper.I love how the instrument feels. It is a joy to play. There are only two bad things about the bass that I can find:1) The electronics are not to my liking. After the initial lust for the bass wore off, I realized that I am too fond of active preamps. I recently put an Audere in and it has done wonders. I fell in love with it all over again.2) Neck thickness. I wanted a Jazz bass because of the thin neck profile. This neck, though beautiful, is chunkier than I would like. I have grown used to it and it feels great in my hands. I just had to get over that initial shock at how thick it is (front to back).The price is also a slight drawback. It is still a Mexican Fender yet priced high. It is a great instrument and I don't regret the purchase at all. It is worth the price.

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