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Fender American Original '70s Jazz Bass, 3 Colour Sunburst

Introduced in 1960 as a "deluxe" model, the Fender Jazz Bass came into its own during the 1970s; funk was king, disco was strutting up the street, and reggae was keeping everything deep and low - a perfect world for this much loved instrument to blossom into.

Fender had made slight changes to body style, hardware, and appointments for the new decade, which paved the way for new playing techniques such as popping and slapping; players quickly took to the improved design and its possibilities, and with its growling mids and toothier treble, the Fender '70s J Bass quickly became a firm favourite. Paying homage to this iconic instrument, the Fender American Original '70s Jazz Bass features the same Alder body design, gloss urethane finish, and U-style maple neck profile as the original, along with appointments such as a beautifully playable bound 9.5" radius maple fingerboard with vintage-tall frets. In keeping with the aesthetic, all hardware from the bridge to the string tree and tuning machines, also stays true to the original design.

The period-correct, and 70s voiced, Pure Vintage ’75 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups feature enamel-coated coils, cloth-covered output wires, and Alnico 5 magnets, and the sound they produce can best be described as "simply glorious"; fat low end, a punchy midrange, and toothy treble — perfect for jazz, funk, soul, reggae, rock, or wherever it takes you..

  • Ash body with polyurethane finish
  • Two Pure Vintage ‘75 single-coil Jazz Bass pickups
  • Thick “’70s U”-shaped neck profile; 9.5”-radius fingerboard
  • Vintage-style hardware; four-saddle bridge
  • Includes vintage-style hardshell case

  • An authentic recreation of the instrument that created funk and disco, the American Original ‘70s Jazz Bass is the best way to get inspired and groove.

    What "Fender" say:

    Rather than focusing on specific model years, the American Originals have cherry picked a number of features from across a certain decade and combined this with modern features such as a 9.5" Radius on the Fretboard, and 6105 style Tall Vintage frets for a lower action that won't fret-out on bends. This Vintage Modern approach combines classic old school features like thin skin Nitrocellulose Lacquer and meticulously reproduced period correct pickups with some modern electronics and neck profiles.

    Over the course of the ‘70s, the Jazz Bass entered its “teenage years,” changing its visual style and inspiring new playing techniques—such as slapping—which led directly to new, creative forms of expression. Its smooth feel and growly midrange, tempered with a bit of treble bite, made it a hero in recording sessions around the globe. The American Original ‘70s Jazz Bass updates the smooth playing feel with a modern-radius fingerboard, while retaining the classic Fender tone and style that made the Jazz Bass the tool of choice for creative bassists.

    The Pure Vintage ’75 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups are as period-correct as possible, from the enamel-coated coil wire to the cloth-covered output wires, ber bobbins and alnico 5 magnets. The sleek “’70s U”-shaped neck profile and 9.5”-radius fingerboard combine for a comfortably agile playing feel. Other authentic touches include vintage-tall frets, original-era body radii, vintage- style hardware—including a four-saddle vintage- style bridge—vintage-style hardshell case.

    • Body: Alder
    • Body Finish: Urethane
    • Neck Material: Maple
    • Neck Shape: "U" Shape
    • Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
    • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
    • Number of Frets: 20
    • Fret Size: Vintage-Style
    • String Nut: Bone
    • Nut Width: 1.475" (37.46 mm)
    • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Serialized
    • Neck Finish: Urethane
    • Fingerboard: Round-Laminated Rosewood
    • Position Inlays: Pearloid Block
    • Bridge Pickup: American Vintage '74 Single-Coil Jazz Bass
    • Neck Pickup: American Vintage '74 Single-Coil Jazz Bass
    • Controls:
    • -Volume 1. (Middle Pickup)
    • -Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup)
    • -Master Tone
    • Bridge: 4-Saddle American Vintage Bass with Single-Groove Steel "Barrel" Saddles
    • Tuning Machines: Fender '70s Vintage-Style Stamped Open-Gear
    • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
    • Control Knobs: Black Plastic
    • Strings: Fender® USA Bass 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Gauges)
    • Unique Features:
    • -Mounted Chrome Pickup and "F" Bridge Cover with Vintage- Accurate Positioning
    • -Upper-Mounted Thumb Rest
    • -Four-Bolt "F" Neck Plate
    • -Walnut "Skunk" Stripe
    • -White Neck Binding with White Pearloid Block Position Inlays



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    • Ian Turner


      My first Fender bass. Superb sounding instrument, so different from the Ricky and Thunderbird. A very full tonal range which actually encourages finger style playing. Fretboard is surprisingly broad which, combined with the chunky neck profile, makes it quite a handful but still a great experience. This bass has a very solid feel about it and appears to be well made. I was surprised that fixing screws were not included for the two metal pick up covers but I doubt I would ever fit them anyway. Sunburst finish is well executed, while the very light maple fretboard with pearloid markers provides a striking contrast. Absolutely delighted with this instrument!

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