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Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass Black

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The Fender Vintage '62 Jazz Bass is made in the USA. This model re-creates one of Fender's most popular designs. It incorporates the stacked concentr...Click To Read More About This Product

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Revives one of Fender's most popular designs!

The Fender Vintage '62 Jazz Bass is made in the USA. This model re-creates one of Fender's most popular designs. It incorporates the stacked concentric controls of the '60s with 2 vintage Jazz pickups. Fender's Vintage Jazz Bass has an alder body and sports a 3-ply or tortoise pickguard and has a rosewood fretboard.

FEATURES
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • '60s stacked concentric controls
  • 2 vintage Jazz pickups
  • Alder body
  • 3-ply or tortoise (with black finish) pickguard
  • Rosewood fretboard
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FenderUS Vintage '62 Jazz Bass
 
4.7

(based on 24 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

great bass, a little fussy

Overall I love this bass after buying it used 9 months ago. It does need much more neck adjustments than any other bass I have owned, I think because the neck is thinner. ...Read complete review

Overall I love this bass after buying it used 9 months ago. It does need much more neck adjustments than any other bass I have owned, I think because the neck is thinner. My P never needs to be set up, but this one has needed several tweaks. I had the frets leveled, which again I had never had to do. I had this done since I knew I loved this bass and would be keeping it. I learned how to adjust the truss rod and now I can do my own set ups. If you live in a climate where the humidity and temperature change a lot with the seasons, be prepared to have to tweak this bass several times a year. But I love it, it is a great sounding and great playing bass.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

All Hype

I own and have played it for several years. It has it's own handling style and obvious classic tone from that historic period of music. In my opinion, I've played and heard better....Read complete review

I own and have played it for several years. It has it's own handling style and obvious classic tone from that historic period of music. In my opinion, I've played and heard better. Being a passive bass it doesn't give you many options out of the box. My '62 Jazz is an immaculate conversation piece and I take good care of it. But since I've owned it, I had to have the neck replaced (free under the Fender lifetime warranty - that took six weeks to repair). The strings generally are set higher off the neck too. I like to have mine much closer. Therefore, it requires more physical strength and dexterity to handle, and it is not a light weight bass either. My "Popeye" fore arms can attest to that. It could be a strain after playing for a few or more hours on stage. Basically, this is a '62 re-issue with 1962 ergonomic and mechanical issues but with a 2007 price tag. There are much better basses engineered and manufactured in 2007. So don't rush into buying it - shop around and test drive other models and brands. Unless you're a, "gotta have it in my collection" nut, and don't have to worry about your budget. Otherwise, find the one you are comfortable with that will give you a good tonal range, options, and confort for the long term. Especially at this price.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great AVRI Bass

By rickencaster

from CT

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Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

...and the vintage case is great too! If I were a gigging bass player I would have considered an American Standard because of its more durable finish, case and modern enhancements.
Has ash tray and pickup cover in case. Holes not drilled in the body for same giving you the option to install (I'm not).
Beautiful fit and finish.
Great value for the price, I have a matching strat and tele and they cost a little more.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great bass, a little fussy

By Bassman Al

from DC area

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Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

Overall I love this bass after buying it used 9 months ago. It does need much more neck adjustments than any other bass I have owned, I think because the neck is thinner. My P never needs to be set up, but this one has needed several tweaks. I had the frets leveled, which again I had never had to do. I had this done since I knew I loved this bass and would be keeping it. I learned how to adjust the truss rod and now I can do my own set ups. If you live in a climate where the humidity and temperature change a lot with the seasons, be prepared to have to tweak this bass several times a year. But I love it, it is a great sounding and great playing bass.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE THIS BASS!!

By Dr. Chuck Billera

from Coram, NY

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Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

Great bass. Does everything I want and expext from a bass and is absolutely beautiful and well built.
I bought this bass new from MF over ten years ago and love it. The double pickips and stacked pots allow for indiviual volume and tone adjutments. My favorie setting is with the neck tone rolled off volume full up, and the bridge tone adjusted to where it just breaks into treble territory bringing up the volume from zero to that nice sweet spot where this bass simply starts to beautifully "growl". I cannot get this sound from any of my Pbasses.
As for the complaints that the neck must be removed for adjustment, well it is inconvenient, but that was the way it was done back then, deal with it. Mightt as well complain about the bacward tuning elephant ears while you are at it. I have the covers installed as I think the bass looks very classy this way and does not hamper my approach in any way.
I have had no quality issues. Everything is solid and works as expected. Pickups are powerful and sound great, tuners keep the bass solidly in tune, and my bridge pieces do not move around at all. Overall built
like a tank. This bass will still be around when I am long gone.
Value is subjective. Although you can buy cheaper versions I think this bass is without a doubt worth the price of admission.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

way overpriced

By Paul Pulera

from wisconsin

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Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I really like Fender basses but this is the least favorite that I own. The overall sound is too trebly for me and it just doesn't sound like my other Fenders. I don't know if it is from the electronics or the stacked volumn/tone knobs. I would advise buyers to stick with the new American Standard Jazz bass instead.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Looks better than it plays.

By Bassguitarbubba

from Southern California

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Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I fell in love with the sunburst paint and tortoise shell pick guard. The neck plays very well and feels good. The action is a little bit high for my taste. I have two criticisms: 1) one of the bridge screws on the E string spins while I play and before I know it, the bridge is laying flat against the guitar which puts the string out of intonation and tune. The bridge problem happened at a gig. It wasn't fun. Now I know why the original owner didn't keep it. My second criticism is that the guitar is very trebly sounding. It takes alot of work to make is sound like a bass. All in all, the guitar looks fantastic, but I'm not thrilled with the quality of the bridge or the sound. My plan is to fix the bridge and evaluate. If I'm still not satisfied, it's going back on the market.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Too Expensive

By Sian3

from Ct.

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Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

My experience with this bass is that it's just not worth the money. I wish Fender would make a way to adjust the truss rod w/o having to pull the neck off. Ridiculous! The hardware is cheap feeling and looking. Tuners are not smooth at all.The bridge saddles move. The frets are OK if you like a vintage feel but this bass is really not a versatile instrument. Don't think of it for anything modern or slap. It is good for bluesy/acoustic rock. I Just don't get the price vs the inconveniences of the thing. You'd be much better served with the new American Standard. Much more bass for the money.

 
3.0

All Hype

By WeBeJammin

from Cleveland, OH

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I own and have played it for several years. It has it's own handling style and obvious classic tone from that historic period of music. In my opinion, I've played and heard better. Being a passive bass it doesn't give you many options out of the box. My '62 Jazz is an immaculate conversation piece and I take good care of it. But since I've owned it, I had to have the neck replaced (free under the Fender lifetime warranty - that took six weeks to repair). The strings generally are set higher off the neck too. I like to have mine much closer. Therefore, it requires more physical strength and dexterity to handle, and it is not a light weight bass either. My "Popeye" fore arms can attest to that. It could be a strain after playing for a few or more hours on stage. Basically, this is a '62 re-issue with 1962 ergonomic and mechanical issues but with a 2007 price tag. There are much better basses engineered and manufactured in 2007. So don't rush into buying it - shop around and test drive other models and brands. Unless you're a, "gotta have it in my collection" nut, and don't have to worry about your budget. Otherwise, find the one you are comfortable with that will give you a good tonal range, options, and confort for the long term. Especially at this price.

 
5.0

62' FENDER JAZZ BASS..... AWESOME!!

By Matt AKA I throw jazz

from Oshkosh, WI

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I have owned and played many basses and this one is pretty much it. The only other bass that I think I would want to play as much as this one is a Rickenbacker 4003 model. I play this Jazz Bass through my 1973 Fender Bassman 100 head which has been modified to Blackface specs, and a few other little secrets. Bottom line this bass plays excellent, the soft "C" neck is great, tone is great. High Fender quality, case is a little crappy. Buy this bass for quality, tone, and that great vintage look. My bass is black with red tortoise shell pick guard and both pick-up covers.

 
5.0

Owned for about a year

By bluespro50

from wisconsin

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

Owned for about a year, love the guitar, but it had some inherant ground problems, now fixed.highly recommended.

 
5.0

Fender Does It Again!

By Paul Dustin

from Riverside, CA

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I bought this beautiful bass replica because I owned one back in the 60's. It is absolutely outstanding like the original. The Fender gang has done it again! Nothing sounds like it and the finish is something to behold. Was going to by the '64 version but the '62 is just too wonderful to part with. You will not be sorry I promise.

 
5.0

A very cool Jazz!

By ndukane1965

from Cranford, NJ

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Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

This bass has been on my wishlist for a long time and I finally got one in white. I took off the roundwounds and put on flats. It sounds awesome! Very retro and way easy to play. The concentric knobs are neat too. This bass will not disappoint!

 
5.0

Tool of destruction

By robert smith-wOGOm

from Kansas City, MO

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I love this bass. I own about 20 different basses, and this is the one I play the most. I love the smooth neck and comfortable body. Big tone that makes the ladies quiver.

 
5.0

The best bass

By zavarov

from italy

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I play bass in different type of music (reggae, funky, jazz, and cover ratm)my bass sounds as i want..sounds clean and the sound changes for the 2 pick up.

 
4.0

very reliable

By bp-qZRuJ

from Nashville

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

like all the other writers, I've been playing for over 20 years.. and I own about.. well cloe to 80 basses. This includes an original 61 concentric pot jazz. While a 77 stingray remains my main 4 string, this comes is a reasonable 2nd. I started leaving it in my trunk because I play so frequently and have not run into any problems with action or intonation. if the gears dont bump into the case, it can remain pretty much in tune for weeks at a time. It's not a great slapping bass but if you work it, you'll get a response.Since it's left in the trunk, it ends up being the bass I most frequently play in front of people I've never played with before and the instrument is up to the task.I suggest you add this axe to your collection.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

better than most real 62' jazz basses

By Ric-yfwst

from NYC

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

Great bass, a must have for a bassists arsenal!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Amazing Bass - Worth Evet Penny

By Love the '62 reissue

from Ney York

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I got rid of my 2009 Rickenbacker 4003 and bought the Fender '62 Reissue Jazz Bass. Man, what a woderful difference. The Fender is by far a better made bass. The balance and weight is supurb. Everything about it is great.The Ric 4003 was an awkward boat anchor with terrable tone.My $0.02, stay away from the Ric 4003 and buy this Fender. You will not be dissipointed.Also, the Fender case is by far much better that that flimsy Ric case.

 
5.0

Great but not perfect

By Dillon

from Beaverton, OR

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I recently bought this bass with the black finish. It is a beautiful, amazing sounding bass, with a narrow neck that plays fast and smooth. When it arrived the concentric knobs were tightened so close to eachother they moved as one unit and required some adjustment. I play this through a Ampeg SVT 3PRO with a 8x10 cab and it sounds truly awesome. Unfortunately, the one downside is the case it comes with is awful. Looks nice but the hardware is total crap. Buy this bass and get an SKB hardshell.

 
5.0

Feels like Heaven

By Matty H

from Long Island, New York

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Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

Not only is the look of the olypic white with the tortoise shell pickguard stunning, but the neck is thin, the body is light weight, and the vintage pickups send out a sexy tone every bass player looks for. I'm kind of mad the holes werent drilled for the pickup covers, but no big deal. I have an american standard jazz, a geddy lee jazz customized, and a stingray 5 string. this baby blows them all away!

 
5.0

Best Bass Under 2 Grand.

By Paul III

from Indiana, PA

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I own this bass and it has been my main stage and recording axe for about 5 years now. I also own a 1975 Rickenbacker 4001, 1968 Vox Panther bass, and a 97 Fender Jazz. At first, I cross between either getting the '62 P Bass or this. Eventually after feeling the butter like neck and pristine fretboard I knew the jazz was the right choice. The tone is marvelous especially with a set of new Rotosound Swingbass 66's! It is able to provide much cut when needed but also blends in without being too over barring. I have played countless shows with it, threw it, bashed it against my head, ripped all the strings off, you name it and its still here and with a set up from a local Luthier everything is great! BUY THIS BASS!!!

 
5.0

Review

By seb-BV1Tz

from Montreal

Comments about Fender US Vintage '62 Jazz Bass:

I was hesitating between a warwick or a vintage signature by fender...Sure it depends on what you want but for my needs this bass is awesome and has a lot more of groove and warmth than any warwick. Excellent for jazz, blues or progressive music.

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