Fender Jazz Bass

Fender Jazz Bass

Year: 1977

Made In: USA

Specs: Ash body, one-piece maple neck, rosewood fretboard

Electronics: 2 x single coils, passive circuit

Controls: Volume x 2, Tone

When I started playing, 70’s Fenders had a patchy reputation, at best. Time is indeed a healer though and what was once much-maligned is now highly desirable. To be fair, aesthetically they hit upon something good and it’s hard to dislike the look of this one. Although this wasn’t a bad bass per se, the usual foibles of the era were present – sloppy routing, absurdly heavy, etc. It set up ok and played decently enough but tonally it was nothing exciting, entirely unremarkable. I had the opportunity to trade it for a Sadowsky so it got eased on out the door.