Fender Custom Shop 1961 Jazz Bass Relic, 3-Tone Sunburst
Overview by GAK
Lovingly built by Fender’s world-class Custom Shop, this Jazz Bass is a stunning example of this iconic instrument. By fusing the best tonewoods & components available with a golden-era spec, the Fender Custom Shop have created a Jazz Bass that incorporates the most desirable aspects of a vintage and modern instrument.
Classic Feel & Sound
Using the sought-after 1961 model as its basis, this Custom Shop Jazz Bass has the timeless character of a prized Fender - in its look, tone and feel. Providing the famed Jazz Bass playability is the silky quarter sawn Maple neck, which features a carefully sculpted '60 J-Bass Oval U profile. The neck is adorned with a premium AAA Rosewood fretboard and vintage-style Medium Jumbo 6150 frets.
Catering for this Jazz Bass’ rich & balanced natural voice is its 2-piece Alder body. Once you’ve played this bass, it’s easy to hear why Alder has been one of Fender’s tonewoods of choice for decades, offering crystalline note definition and impressive sustain. The era-correct nitrocellulose lacquer looks incredible and promotes resonance by allowing the bass to “breathe”.
Gorgeous Worn-In Look
This Custom Shop J-Bass has an abundance of old-school mojo on tap, thanks to its meticulous Relic treatment. From the numerous finish checks to the rustic aged hardware to the belt buckle scratches on the rear, everything about this bass looks like a trusty workhorse that’s survived decades of gigs.
Vintage J-Bass Tone
All the essential and distinctive Jazz Bass tones are accounted for, with a duo of Vintage J-Bass single-coils catering for this bass’ crisp, articulate sound. With a pair of pickups and individual volume controls for each one, a wealth of tones can be effortlessly conjured up. From hollow slapped bass to aggressively picked rock, this 1961 Jazz Bass is primed to accommodate a vast range of genres and playing techniques.
With its authentically vintage aesthetic and tone, you wouldn’t be blamed for assuming this bass was made during Fender’s golden era. An advantage that this particular J Bass has over its older counterpart is its modern build-quality, allowing you to bring a classic tone to your gig or session without the meticulous upkeep of a '60s-made model. If you have a hankering for a vintage J-Bass, this Fender Custom Shop model is a less expensive solution that’s more reliable whilst retaining the most desirable qualities unmistakable of a '60s made instrument.
The Fender Jazz Bass has a serious pedigree and this fantastic 1961 Custom Shop model more than lives up to it. Made with astonishing craftsmanship and packing a proper golden-era spec, this J-Bass is ready to make its mark in your collection.
- Body Wood: 2-piece Alder
- Base Model: '64 P-Bass
- Body Finish: Relic, Nitrocellulose
- Finish Colour: 3-Tone Sunburst
- Neck Wood: Quarter Sawn Maple
- Neck Shape: '60 J-Bass Oval "U"
- Truss Rod: Bass Top Load
- Mounting Style: 4 Bolt
- Fingerboard: AAA Rosewood
- Radius: 9.50"
- Fret Size: Medium Jumbo / 6150
- Frets: 20
- Face Dots: Micarta White - Wide Spacing
- Nut: Blank Bone
- Tuners: Vintage Bass, Relic
- Hardware: Chrome/Nickel
- Bridge: P/J Bass
- Pickguard: 64 J-Bass, Tortoiseshell
- Pickups: Vintage J-Bass, Rhythm (Neck) & Lead (Bridge)
- Included: Fender Custom Shop J-Bass Black Case & Certificate of Authenticity