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Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar 3-Color Sunburst

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Play the bass that carried Jaco's musical genius to the world.

The Fender Pastorius fretless electric bass preserves the memory of legendary Jaco Pastorius, a beacon for generations of aspiring bass players who bridged the gaps between R&B, rock, jazz, classical, and Caribbean musics. He changed the musical world of bass guitar with his uncanny gifts and visionary approach to the instrument. And he did it with one fundamental tool”a Fender Jazz Bass. Fender has re-created Jaco's well-played Jazz Fretless in painstaking detail, so you can enjoy a special connection with this great artist.

FEATURES
  • Body: alder
  • Neck: maple
  • Fingerboard: rosewood, polyester finished
  • Scale: length 34" (864 mm)
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Vintage-size fretline markers
  • Width @ nut: 1.500" (38 mm)
  • Machine heads: vintage style
  • Pickups: 2 vintage Jazz pickups
  • Controls: '62 style
  • 3-knob, volume (neck), volume (bridge), master tone
  • Pickguard: brown shell (shipped in case)
  • Bridge: U.S. vintage Jazz
  • Unique features: special shape neck
  • Accessories: brown Tolex case, strap, cable

If you're after the subtle gravity of Jaco's tone, go for the instrument that's heavy enough to pull it off. Order now.

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    FenderJaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar
     
    4.9

    (based on 18 reviews)

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    (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exactly what I wanted

    By jkmathes

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    This is one of the highest quality basses I've ever purchased. I love playing Fender Jazz basses, and I really wanted a new fretless that could replace the Fender Standard Jazz fretless that I had used previously. This bass fit exactly what I wanted, so I decided to pull the trigger. It was painful to wait for it to be built and get into stock, but once it arrived, I was totally blown away.The craftsmanship was perfect - I went to give it an initial setup, and it required absolutely no adjustments. Neck relief, saddles, everything matched up to the millimeter on my tools.If you inspect the neck, you'll see why this bass plays so beautifully. It's hard and slippery, very nicely finished. After plugging it in, I spent a lot of time playing through a tuner on my amp and found that every note rings through like it should (and they sound amazing through the vintage pickups).As far as looks, the 60s stylings were reproduced very nicely. Even the inlays have that "clay" color that matches the 60s headstock.The only downside I could possibly mention comes from the way it was strung. The strings that came with it (Fender's darkened flatwounds, the "greasy" ones) weren't bad, but they were strung poorly. The wrappings weren't tight, and the G and E strings were cut so short they couldn't even make one revolution around the tuning peg. It made tuning the bass initially a little rough.Overall, I recommend this bass to everyone. It's a little pricey, but it's worth it.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Fitting Tribute to the Master

    By Jimmy Two Fingers

    from The Milky Way

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    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    This is a wonderful bass with all the right appointments in the right places as one would expect from a signature series instrument.The flawless body and neck are beautiful, and the tone is wonderful from the vintage pickups. The Jaco growl is present and accounted for. The fuller c-style neck took some getting used to but am very imperssed on lack of dead spots on the neck. So far I have not been able to find any..This is a huge compliment regarding its craftsmanship.Complaints would center on the flatwound strings in a heavier gauge than is my personal choice,not only killing the sound, but was the culprit behind the huge neck relief that rendered the bass unplayable out of the case. Swapping strings to lighter-gauge roundwounds and minor trussrod adjustments put the neck where it should have been from the factory, enabling the bass to sing the way it was intended...and it does sing...I have a squire tribute jazz with custom shop 60's pups that gives the this one a tonal run for its money, but the feel is no where close. You cannot fake a quality instrument at any price.Playing a "Portrait of Tracy" or "Continuum" on this wonderful instrument brought Jaco into the room for me....outstanding. You have leaders and followers. This is definitely a leader. I would buy this again.

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    This is a fantastic tribute to the greatest bass player ever, period! I recommend this bass to anyone who dares to have the chops to be able to play a fretless jazz bass the way Jaco did. Everything from the tone to the playability, right down to the quality. This is it! I'm very picky with my basses and guitars but this one gets a 10 out of 10 rating. Jaco lives!

    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Kickin' Bass

    By FlyingUV

    from Satanta, KS

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    Great playing bass. Great sound. Beautiful workmanship. Only complaint is excessive noise (hum) with treble and volume high.

    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WELL, LET ME TELL YOU.........

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    after saving up for 18 months,i FINALLY brought my Jaco Jazz Bass.The sound SINGS to you,the lows are deep and organic,and the upper range will hit a nerve in you.To all you fretted bass players out there-if you want to improve your skills-play a fretless-you will be surprised to find out how much more there is to learn about your instrument

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great

    By Papa Georgio

    from florida

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    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    I upgraded from my MIM jazz bass to the Japanese Jaco bass which is identitcal to the American. This bass is absoulutly incredable. There are no flaws with this bass ass far as I can tell everything is amazing. You can really get the Jaco sound by playing at the bridge pickup. This is just all around amazing.

    (2 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    If you can really play, pick this.

    By JNichol123456789

    from Mt. Pleasant MI

    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    Man if you can actually play the damn bass, then you should pick this one. For all the fakers, or the "average" bass players stay away.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Jaco Name Really Makes a Difference

    By Bassman

    from Boston, MA

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    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    This is the best basses I have ever played. I know it costs more than the "American Standard", but that the "Jaco" name really does make a difference. When I played this bass, I did so after playing an "American Standard Fretless". The Jaco bass was a million times better. The neck felt so right, with no friction on my hand at all when I slid. The bass sounds great. You can get that nice warm Jaco sound. This is definitely the best bass I have ever played. I am currently saving up to buy it.

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fretless perfection

    By Rtesian

    from Westfield, MA

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    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    Fender, the company that introduced the world to the first commercially successful electric bass guitar has done it right again with the ?Jaco? artist series fretless bass. Without taking out a mortgage to finance, this is the most amazing sounding fretless bass out there. The form, fit and function of this jazz bass is simply amazing. I have been searching for years for a fretless bass that would convey to my fingers what was going on in my head. Finally, I have found the four-string Holy Grail. To bring it to the next level I had to ditch the lifeless flat wound strings in favor of some stainless round wounds. I also sent the bass off to HG Thor to have him epoxy the fret board and remove the finish from the back of the neck. The finished product is stunning to look at and the sound is jaw dropping. If you are more than a casual fretless player, then you owe it to yourself to check this bass out.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Supreme

    By Mike R. S.

    from Clinton MA

    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    This playes as close to perfect as any bass can get, but the price is the only downside. As a violin veteran I find fretless basses don't play any harder than a fretted, only the sound changes, and this one's sound is excellent and has a great feel.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dennis F's review

    By IamDennisFuller

    from Miami, Florida

    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    This bass plays excellently. I would recommend it to anyone, unfotunately, the cost does leave my pockets a little too empty, so, I will probably never one of these beauties.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome bass for jazz

    By Jake-oqFx3

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    Like I said - awesome bass - especially for jazz.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    love it, some day i will own

    By Ernie

    from Franklin Ohio

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    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    I have played this bass, it is grreat. possibly the nicest fretless out there. I am saving to buy one. it's tone and playability are second to none. Jaco would not have used it if it were not so. not sure what Wolfman from MI means about the 22 fret thing??, Jaco's 2 jazz basses had 20 frets

     
    4.0

    Please create a 5 string Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass

    By JoeBass

    from Long Island NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

      For 5 String players please create a 5 string Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass

      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Not Enough Frets

      By Wolfman-DiqG7

      from MI

      Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

      Some of Jaco's songs need at least 22 frets to be played correctly. With only 20 some parts are much harder to play.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Man, unbelievable!

      By BassClef330

      from San Antonio, TX

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      Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

      Looking for a fretless, at first I was hesitant to buy this bass because of the price. When it arrived and I slowly opened the case, it took my breath away. When I played it, the sound was unbelieveable. It was smooth, with a low growl. Playability and sound mean everything to me, and this bass just blew me away. Never mind the price. I have absolutely no regrets.

       
      5.0

      great bass

      By bloodystringbassist

      from Minnesota

      Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

      pure tonal magic; soaring fretless highs to growling lows, just like an upright! creamy all-around mood, it even slaps great! this bass deserves a good amp!

       
      5.0

      Grrreat

      By jinx667

      from Oceanside, CA

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      Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

      This is an amazing bass. Alot complain about the price, but it is the same as a '62 re-issue, and this is bassicaly a hotrod version of the '62. I gave it a 9 in quality just because they should have epoxied the fretboard, like Jaco's. other than that, this bass rules. Beautiful tone and playability. Great fit and finish, on par with many Custom Shop instruments I have played.

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