Created in 1960 as a mellower alternative to the seminal Fender Precision bass, the Fender Jazz bass has created a musical legacy all its own. Its body shape was similar to the Jazzmaster guitar, and its neck was narrower at the nut than the P bass. Other differences included the tapered fretboard, an ash body, and two single-coils with two pole pieces per string instead of a single split-coil humbucker. All of these attributes combined to make an appealing instrument that had more treble and was richer in the midrange.
The 1977 Jazz bass featured here still has the original
Tolex case and is all original except for an upgraded
Badass bridge. Its ash body has a stunning natural
finish, and the bound maple neck features a rosewood
fretboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays. It
has the three-bolt neck construction that was used
from the mid ’70s until 1983, when Fender returned
to the 4-bolt design. The bass resonates well, and
the original pickups are super warm and full.
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