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Fender Custom Shop 1964 Relic Jazz Bass   

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This stunning Fender '64 Jazz Bass replica features an alder body with a maple neck and a round laminate rosewood fingerboard. Other period-correct f...Read More

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A stunning re-creation of the original aged to look like a battle-tested veteran!

This stunning Fender '64 Jazz Bass replica features an alder body with a maple neck and a round laminate rosewood fingerboard. Other period-correct features include chrome hardware, vintage reverse tuning machines and a four-ply tortoise-shell pickguard.

When it was introduced in 1961, the sleekly cool Jazz Bass guitar set the music world on its ear and became another beloved Fender design classic.

This Fender bass has been given the "Relic" treatment”built to show years of natural wear and tear; with nicks, scratches, worn finish, rusty hardware and aged plastic parts.

FEATURES
  • Body: Select Alder
  • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape,
  • (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Round Laminate Rosewood, 7.25" Radius (184mm)
  • No. of Frets: 20 Vintage Style Frets
  • Pickups: 2 Vintage Jazz Bass Single-Coil Pickups
  • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup),
  • Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup),
  • Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching: None
  • Bridge: American Vintage Jazz Bass
  • Machine Heads: Vintage Style Reverse Tuning Machines
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Tortoise Shell
  • Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.50" (38mm)
  • Unique Features: Shows Natural Wear and Tear of Years of Heavy Use
  • Strings: Fender Super Bass 7250ML, NPS,
  • Gauges: (.045, .065, .080, .100),
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5.0

The Right Stuff

By Escott2U

from Los Angeles

The '62 reissue Jazz bass that Fender has had on offer since the early 80s was always the wrong bass for the working bassist seeking an example of Fender's best from the glory days. The sticky stacked pots and 'slab' fingerboard just didn't capture the essence of the quintessential Jazz bass.This '64 relic positively nails it. The only thing lacking is the Brazilian Rosewood fretboard of the original (this due to it being a protected species and existing stocks being prohibitively expensive), but at least it is a veneer as opposed to a slab, which is just a nostalgic preference as opposed to a superior design.I love the Relic concept as it allows the owner of a priceless original to gig with an 'old friend' without fear, while leaving the original to work the critical studio dates. Mine arrived this morning with the Dakota Red heavily UV exposed to a dark salmon color. The set up was spot on, the tone was true to the original, the weight was of a vintage instrument that has shed every last remaining drop of moisture. I positively love it. The only thing I wish Fender would offer is the aforementioned Brazilian Rosewood (I would pay the premium) and the deeper 'U' shaped neck for a more typical period feel and the more substantial tone available from the added mass and rigidity.As a 28 year music professional, I can categorically say that this instrument will sit perfectly in the mix of any number of contemporary music styles and please both the player with it's response and the mix engineer with it's even tone throughout the register.Buy a real bass! Buy a Fender Relic!

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