Some basses are suitable for certain genres more than others, while other basses boast a versatility that makes them ideal for virtually any musical style. There's no argument that Jazz Basses hold this distinction, which is why they've remained a hit with players around the world since they were introduced by Leo Fender in 1960. In comparison to the Precision Bass, the Jazz Bass has a mid-range that's brighter and more focused. Today's catalog of Jazz Basses is quite extensive and includes a version of the instrument to match every skill level and price range.
To kick off your search for a new Jazz Bass, we'll suggest starting with one of the classic 4-string models. If you're a beginner, check out the Squier Affinity Jazz Bass Electric with Rosewood Fingerboard. Affordable and stylish, this bass has a powerful and fast feel that would please any aspiring, budget-conscious groover. Or, if you have a little more experience, try a model in the $500-$750 range; the Fender Standard Jazz Bass Guitar, for example, is a popular version that sports a comfortable gloss finish, maple fretboard and maple neck with a modern C profile. While you're at it, be sure to also check out the many higher-end Jazz Basses here. Beauties like the Fender American Vintage '74 and the Custom Shop 1960 Jazz Bass Relic were clearly made with the discerning professional in mind.
In addition to the many 4-string models, the Jazz Bass also went through other variations. For those who prefer the smooth feel of a fretless bass, there's the generously-priced Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass and the pro-level Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar. Or, if you hold virtuosity in high regard, go with a 5-string model like the Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V or the Fender American Elite Jazz Bass V. Even southpaws have a wide selection of Jazz Basses to browse, so jump in any time now and have a look around.
From its unmistakable offset body shape to its rich, demanding tone, it's no wonder why legends like Geddy Lee, Adam Clayton, Frank Bello and countless others favored Jazz Basses over anything else. It is without a doubt one of the most influential instruments in the development of popular music, and the extensive amount of versions available mean that anyone who wants to play the bass can own one.