Fender Introduces 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-01-05)

Fender Introduces 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass

In the beginning was the Fender Precision Bass. And it was good. But not good enough. So in 1960 Leo Fender introduced the legendary Jazz Bass, a sleek "hot rod model" with a thinner neck, highly contoured body and dual pickups. It was an instant success.

To celebrate that milestone, Fender has introduced the limited edition 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass. The new Jazz combines design elements and improvements over the years. They include:
- '60s-era nitrocellulose finish in striking Candy Apple Red, headstock logo, chrome pickup/bridge covers, "C" neck shape and white Pearloid block fingerboard inlays.
- '70s-era bridge pickup placement and bass-side thumb rest.
- Modern-era tuning machines, high-mass vintage-style bridge and Posiflex® neck support rods.

Fender's MSRP is $2799.

Although I love Candy Apple Red, I would rather have had Fender stick with the concentric Volume and Tone knobs that were on the original Jazz, and I'm really not a fan of block markers. But that's just me. Since the bass will be American made, I expect it to be very well done and highly playable.

Compiled from a Fender news release.

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