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Fender Jazz Bass Guitar

Solid body long scale electric bass

Fender Jazz Bass Guitar
Fender Jazz bass. Image taken from the 1970 Fender catalogue
Fender Jazz Bass Guitar
Fender Jazz bass. Image taken from the 1972 Fender catalogue

The Fender Jazz bass (or J-bass) is a classic instrument, as well known and played today as any other bass. It found favour with so many bass players, from legends like Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Jaco Pastorius (who now have signature models) to small time artists who just love that thin neck, and bright sound.

The Jazz bass was launched in 1960; a two-pickup companion to the Fender Precision.

In the late fifties, buyers were still wary of solid-bodied basses, being used to upright acoustic basses, and so string mutes were standard until 1962, giving a more 'upright bass' sound.

As the sixties wore on, this became less relevant, and the Jazz bass was accepted for what it was.

The bass went from strength to strength, and has been made ever since, with only minor changes in half a century of manufacture. Vintage Jazz basses change hands for very large sums; not only are they highly collectable, they are also desirable players instruments, particularly amongst jazz and funk musicians.

The following description is taken from the 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog

1969 Fender Lovin

Tops in sound at the bottom of the musical register.. Jazz bass by Fender. Included among its design features are two separate pickups, each having eight pole pieces to capture the full vibration of the string in the magnetic field giving full string tone responses and precluding fading or decay.

The tone and pickup mixing circuit employs a separate volume control for each pickup a single tone control operating both pickups. In this manner, any degree of bass and tremolo may be attained with further tone values increased or decreased by using individual volume controls.

The Jazz Bass "off-set" waist design contributes greatly to playing ease and comfort of the player. It places the arm in a natural position over the strings which facilitates playing technique. In addition, the portability and light weight of the Jazz Bass will be readily appreciated by every bassist. It afford ease of movements on stage and ease of storing. Individual bridges are adjustable for perfect string lengths and heights, and the truss-rod reinforced neck is adjustable to retain alignment. Extremely slender, the comfort feel of this neck is readily noticeable. Binding and inlaid position markers add beauty and make fretting easier.

Available in shaded Sunburst or in selected custom colors. Left-hand models available by special order

Vintage Fender Jazz bass advertising

Electric bass advertisements originally published from 1963 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Fender advertisements

Fender Jazz - The most imitated guitar in the world

Fender Jazz - The most imitated guitar in the world (1963)
Early sixties Fender advert for three guitars and one bass - the Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Stratocaster and Jazz bass, highlighting the design and components that made these guitars: bridges, pickups, etc

Fender Jazz - Quality Means Confidence

Fender Jazz - Quality Means Confidence (1963)
Early sixties advert for the Fender Jazz bass and the Stratocaster guitar

Fender Jazz - The Most Imitated Guitars In The World

Fender Jazz - The Most Imitated Guitars In The World (1965)
Mid sixties Fender advert featuring the Fender Jazz bass, Fender Jaguar guitar, Fender Wildwood acoustic, and a new model, the Fender Bandmaster amplifier.

Fender Jazz - The Name that Makes the Difference

Fender Jazz - The Name that Makes the Difference (1966)
This mid sixties advert shows a Fender decal being applied to a Jazz bass. Despite the model depicted, this is really an advert for the Fender company rather than any individual model.

Fender Jazz - Full Color Sound

Fender Jazz - Full Color Sound (1967)
From Fender Musical Instruments, representing the complete musical spectrum with a selection of master-crafted guitars and amplifiers. See the complete line of Fender Musical Instruments at any aut...

Fender Jazz - Get Fenderized

Fender Jazz - Get Fenderized (1967)
Heavily promoted advert / Competition for Fender in 1967, giving the opportunity to win a 'bandfull' of instruments. The first prize was a Fender Jaguar and Jazzmaster guitar, Jazz bass, Bassman an...

Fender Jazz - Full Color Sound

Fender Jazz - Full Color Sound (1967)
Advert for the Fender display at the June 1967 NAMM show in Chicago, USA. It features a number of instruments 'representing the complete musical spectrum': a Jazz Bass, a Coronado II electric acous...

Fender Jazz - Fender. What more need we say

Fender Jazz - Fender. What more need we say (1971)
just that Fender guitars are played by stars the world over - from big-beat blues to folk music, c&w to acid rock. The greatest guitars in the world
UK Dallas Arbiter (Fender distributor) fe...

Fender Jazz bass catalog appearances

Naturally the Jazz bass, as a mainstay of the Fender line is included in all major catalogues from its launch, a selection of which are reproduced on this site. Click on the images below to see the Fender Jazz in each of these catalogues.

Fender Catalogues: 1960s

1964 1965 Fender Fine Electric Instruments catalog

1964 1965 Fender catalogue - The Jazz bass is on page 2

The Jazz Bass represents the standards by which others will be compared

1965 1966 Fender Fine Electric Instruments catalog

The 1965 1966 Fender catalogue - the Fender Jazz bass was included on page 3

1968 Fender guitar and amplifier catalog

1968 catalogue Fender Musical Instruments on the Go
The Jazz bass appears on pages 8-9

1969 Fender bass catalog

The basses are all on page 4 in this brochure

No matter what kind of music you're playing, the Jazz Bass really grooves

Fender Catalogues: 1970s

1970 Fender electric guitar and amplifier catalog

The Jazz bass appears on page 20

The "thin neck" bass with two pickups for full string tone

1972 Fender electric guitar and amplifier catalog

1972 Fender catalogue
The Jazz bass appears on page 19

Fender Jazz technical information

Fender have published regular list of replacement parts for their instruments, along with part numbers. Some of these parts lists are reproduced here

  • 1968 - photo, parts list, parts illustration, wiring diagram. 5 pages.
  • 1969 - just a simple list of parts. 2 pages.
  • 1976 - photos, parts list an prices. 3 pages.
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fender jazz bass 1983 guitar

fender jazz bass 1983 guitar

Savannah, Georgia, 314**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


fender american jazz bass guitarmade in US 1983great guitar with awesome soundperfect conditionalder body and maple neckserial number e301168... more
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1971 Fender Jazz Bass a groovy example in Sunburst w / a 4 bolt rosewood neck.

1971 Fender Jazz Bass a groovy example in Sunburst w / a 4 bolt rosewood neck.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Another cool one just acquired its a pretty clean & very original 1971 Fender Jazz Bass w / all the right features, its has its original Sunburst finish over a nice Alder body, its White Bound & Block inlaid 4-bolt Rosewood Neck is pretty clean w / a perfect logo & frets, there's no date stamp on its neck typically from this period but she has pot date codes from the 16th week of 1971, its original Tortoise-shell pickgard pulls this all together making it one of Fender??s last great ... more
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1978  Fender Jazz Bass an affordable example w / a groovy Refin in Blue Sparkle !

1978 Fender Jazz Bass an affordable example w / a groovy Refin in Blue Sparkle !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in is another late 70??s Jazz Bass w / all the right features in nice shape, its has a pretty-refin in a Blue Sparkle finish w / a few dings here & there over an Alder body, its White Bound 3-bolt Maple Neck is very original, its sporting a newer white pearloid gard w / a good set of cloth wrapped Reissue pickups aboard, its got original tuners & bridge, it has a groovy patina & it plays & feels excellent, overall she??s very good & is a nice alliterative to a far higher... more
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1961 Fender Jazz Bass Refin Stacked Knobs Olympic White

1961 Fender Jazz Bass Refin Stacked Knobs Olympic White

Syracuse, New York, 132**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1961 Fender Jazz Bass Refin Stacked Knobs Olympic White
Year: 1961
Case: Hardshell Case
Weight: 9 0lbs 
Cosmetic Condition:  Bass is in very good condition with a good amount of playwear given its age   The hardware components have a bit of corrosion throughout    The body has some checking as well as a handful of dings, chips, and scratches that can be seen in our listing photos   The finish on the neck has been a bit worn through from years of playing but it feels amazing ... more
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1963 Fender Jazz Bass with OHSC

1963 Fender Jazz Bass with OHSC

Brookline, Massachusetts, 024**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Selling one 1963 Fender Jazz Bass with original brown tolex HSC. Actually might be a late 62, can't remember, but will be opening it up to date it properly soon Bass is in fine working order with no originality, playability or mechanical issues. Weight is 9 lbs exactly I will of course be taking more pictures and updating the auction when I have a moment later this week. Just wanted to get the listing up and running and get in touch with any serious buyers Please take a look at ALL the pictures ... more
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1971 Fender Jazz Bass a really nice all original classic example ready to use.

1971 Fender Jazz Bass a really nice all original classic example ready to use.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


We??ve just acquired a really clean & original 1971 Fender Jazz Bass w / all the right features, its has its original Sunburst finish over a lightweight Alder body, its White Bound & Block inlaid 4-bolt Rosewood Neck is super clean w / perfect logo & frets, its ink date stamp is quite illegible but she has pot date codes from the 16th week of 1971, its original Tortoise-shell pickgard pulls this all together making it one of Fender??s last great Jazzes, its 2 pickups are super smooth... more
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Vintage 1975 Fender Jazz Bass Black Left Handed! Lefty, LH!

Vintage 1975 Fender Jazz Bass Black Left Handed! Lefty, LH!

New Egypt, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1975 Fender Jazz Bass! Made in the USA. Left handed model. Original pots date 1974, serial number is in the 690000s, so im safely calling it a 75. This bass has been heavily modified. Frets professionally removed and filled to make it fretless, clean and well done job. BadAss bridge installed. Pickups replaced with a great sounding set of Bartolini Hi-A J pickups. Changed knobs. Bridge cover holes filled and there was a little overspray done with it. Original knobs, bridge, and covers. Original ... more
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1965 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage Custom Color Black w /  Blonde Case

1965 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage Custom Color Black w / Blonde Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Jazz Bass in perfect working order, finished in custom color Black with matching peghead, and complete with the original blonde tolex hardshell case. Produced early in the '65 model year, this Jazz Bass is 100% original save for a professional refret with vintage-spec slender fretwire and a corresponding bone nut. Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck, and dark unbound Brazilian rosewood fretboard, with dates codes on the pots and neck heel spanning March-April ... more
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Westfield, Massachusetts, 010**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


WATCH 7 MINUTE VIDEO / SLIDESHOW FOR ENTIRE 140 PHOTOS. https: / / www youtube com / watch?v=fSg-bQ97kL4&t=56s
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fender jazz bass Custom Built

fender jazz bass Custom Built

Winter Garden, Florida, 347**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender jazz bass Custom Built. In great condition, surf green custom color. Comes with original 66 jazz bass tuners worth $500. Also has a 70s vintage white pick guard with stacked knobs gives it the 62 look with rosewood neck in perfect condition. One of my personal favorites that plays like butter! Also comes with 70s fender vintage case
Contact me for more information. Thanks for your interest
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1964 Fender Jazz Bass Fiesta Red the rarest form Greengard & Clay Dot Madness !

1964 Fender Jazz Bass Fiesta Red the rarest form Green'gard & Clay Dot Madness !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is the ultimate & most desirable custom color Jazz Bass in 100% untouched original condition. I sold this exact Bass to a good friend in Key West back in 1989 & just got it back. I planned on keeping it now for life, BUT another toy is in the works w / 4 wheels & now she??s up for the 1st time being uncirculated for the last 35 years . It has its original Fiesta Red finish w / its white undercoat is over a very lightweight Alder body w / a Matching Fiesta Red Headstock. Its ... more
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Vintage 1975 Fender Jazz Bass Mocha 1 owner OHSC Free Shipping!

Vintage 1975 Fender Jazz Bass Mocha 1 owner OHSC Free Shipping!

McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, 151**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a 1 owner '75 Mocha J Bass w / OHSC - Bought here at our shop 50yrs ago almost and just traded in - Looks plays and sounds great with no issues - Slight wear on arm and back contours and small 1 / 4" ding on back of neck around the 10th fret area - Look thru pics and please message with any questions and / or reasonable offers - Lower 48 shipping is FREE!... more
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1966 Fender Jazz Bass (Hard Case Included)

1966 Fender Jazz Bass (Hard Case Included)



1956 Fender Jazz Bass- Not sure of the history but it looks to be all original except the pickups, nut and F plate No shipping- No trades- Local pickup... more
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* finish was sanded down
* fingerboard has lots of scratches
* frets have wear
* new decal
* plays just fine !
... more
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1974 Fender Jazz Bass Body - Made in USA

1974 Fender Jazz Bass Body - Made in USA



1974 FENDER JAZZ BASS BODY - made in USA :
* heavy ash=good sustain
* refinished in banana cream=spray can job
* some cracks around body edges=check last 2 pics
* all routs enlarged plus additional battery rout
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both pots are dated 21st week of 1975
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1969 Fender Jazz Bass Pickups - Made in USA

1969 Fender Jazz Bass Pickups - Made in USA



* 1 has a STAMPED DATE
* bobbins have light bends
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1973 Fender Jazz  /  Präzision  /  Telecaster Bass Pot

1973 Fender Jazz / Präzision / Telecaster Bass Pot



1 pot ONLY
dated 4th week of 1973
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1971 Fender Jazz  /  Präzisionsbass  /  Telecaster HALSPLATTE USA

1971 Fender Jazz / Präzisionsbass / Telecaster HALSPLATTE USA



plating has wear
* stamped 328 xxxx
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plating has wear
* stamped L47 xxx
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I have a 1969 Fender Jazz Bass American made, It is in very good shape except for belt buckle usage My Dad bought in 1969 after he got home from Vietnam I also have the fender bassman amp and the cab with two 15's, He has traveled all over the world with the gear on a USO tour in 1977, just figured that I would share the story with you, Could you tell me the approximate price range for bass and amp? I also have a 1984 strat and a tele B-bender both in excellent shape.


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1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional