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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...Click To Read More About This Product
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Custom shop bass, masterfully built.
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.
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.
Neck joint: 4-Bolt
Scale length: 34"
Truss rod: Yes
Active or passive: Passive
Middle: Not applicable
Series or parallel: Parallel
Active preamp: Not applicable
Special electronics: Not applicable
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:
Style: Double cutaway
Body wood: Agathis
Top wood: Not applicable
Body finish: Closet classic
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
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: 4-Saddle vintage style
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Open-geared
Number of strings: 4
Special features: Not applicable
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: User kit
Country of origin: USA
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