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Fender Custom Shop 1961 Jazz Bass Closet Classic Masterbuilt by Dale Wilson   

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The 1961 Jazz Bass Closet Classic is a masterful recreation of one of the finest electric basses ever designed, but with the benefit of modern precis...Read More

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The 1961 Jazz Bass Closet Classic is a masterful recreation of one of the finest electric basses ever designed, but with the benefit of modern precision manufacturing and quality control. It features the bridge cover or "ashtray" and the pickup cover, along with the classic inlays and fluid lines of the original '61.

The four-ply tortoise pickguard with the distinctive metal plate covering the electronics cavity, the rosewood grab bar, the matching headstock, the logo, the pegs and other physical features combine to invoke the high regard this bass has enjoyed from generations of bassists and other musicians who appreciate great bass sound.

The pickups are hand-wound vintage J-Bass, and the neck is quarter-sawn maple. It features a dark Indian rosewood for fretboard material, vintage frets and classic pearloid block inlays. This one is finished in Olympic White .

The precise design and incredible handiwork are pure Dale Wilson, a guitar builder who arrived at Fender in 2003. He joined the Custom Shop in 2005 and became a Master Builder in 2011. Building guitars has been a driving passion for the California native since childhood.

Dale Wilson

œEver since I can remember, Ive always loved guitars, he said. œI didnt dream of being a rock star; I dreamed of building the ultimate guitar. I was equally enthralled with the guitars just as much as I was with the players.

Wilson comes from a long line of expert woodworkers, and the requisite Custom Shop zeal for outstanding craftsmanship has long been part of his DNA. He did repair work and mods in a small guitar shop right out of high school in the late 1980s; subsequently moving on to stints at Dobro and Rickenbacker before arriving at Fender, where he worked on Guild, Gretsch and Benedetto guitars before beginning his apprenticeship with various Custom Shop Master Builders.

Custom shop bass, masterfully built.

  • Neck
  • Shape: U
  • Wood: Maple
  • Neck joint: 4-Bolt
  • Scale length: 34"
  • Truss rod: Yes
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Pickups
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: Single-coil
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Single-coil
  • Brand: Fender
  • Series or parallel: Parallel
  • Active preamp: Not applicable
  • Special electronics: Not applicable
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: Compound 7.25 - 9.5"
  • Fret size: Vintage style
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Inlays: Pearloid block
  • Nut material: Plastic
  • Nut width: 1.625" (41.3mm)
  • Neck width at 12 fret:
  • Body
  • Style: Double cutaway
  • Construction: Solidbody
  • Body wood: Agathis
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body finish: Closet classic
  • Orientation: Right-handed
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Vol/tone stacked, vol/tone stacked
  • Pickup switch: No
  • Coil tap or split: Not applicable
  • Tone switching: No
  • Special switching: No
  • EQ on/off No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 4-Saddle vintage style
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Open-geared
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickguard: Yes
  • Special features: Not applicable
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: User kit
  • Country of origin: USA

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