FENDER Jazz Bass: Early Models (1960-1984 Mfg.)

FENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)

The first production Jazz Bass was made in March 1960 and listed at $279.50 for a sunburst-finish or $293.47 for blonde or custom-color finishes. The Precision bass had been around for nearly 10 years and Leo Fender decided that it was time for a new deluxe model. Compared to the Precision it was clear that the 1960 Jazz Bass was a deluxe instrument: it two pickups instead of one, giving it greater tonal versatility than the Precision.

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FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)

When CBS bought the Fender companies in 1965 a number of minor changes were made to the Fender Jazz bass. During 1965  bound rosewood fingerboards with pearloid dot position inlays were introduced replacing the original clay inlays of the early 1960s. The machine heads were changed to oval shaped. Block-shaped fingerboard inlays and an optional maple fingerboard were introduced in 1966. At first necks with rosewood fretboards received pearloid blocks and binding and maple fretboard necks received black.

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FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)

The Fender Jazz bass from 1975 to 1981 (CBS models) had a 3-bolt neck with bullet truss rod adjuster. These basses also had block fingerboard markers, with a white binding and block inlay option for maple fingerboards. The headstock logo was redesigned in 1976 and the serial number moved from neck plate to headstock logo. In 1977 the control knobs changed to black plastic with numbers.

The Fender Jazz bass had reverted to the 4 bolt neck and dot markers by 1983.

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FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)

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FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)

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Comparing : FENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964), FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974), FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980), FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984), FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
ModelFENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
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BrandFENDERFENDERFENDERFENDERFENDER
Dates1960 to 1964
1965 to 1974
1975 to 1981
1983 to 1984
1981 to 1984
GeneralFENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
Finish colorsblonde finishblack finish, blonde finish--gold finish
Finish effectssunburst finish----
Number of strings-4 strings4 strings4 strings4 strings
Scale length--34 inches scale-length--
BodyFENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
Body materialalder body, ash bodyalder bodyalder body, ash body--
Body shape features---double cutawaydouble cutaway
Body style--jazz bass body stylejazz bass body stylejazz bass body style
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard, white pickguardtortoiseshell pickguardblack pickguardwhite pickguardwhite pickguard
NeckFENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
Neck joint--bolt on neck-bolt on neck
Neck material--maple neckmaple neck-
HardwareFENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
Bridgebridge-cover, fixed bridgebridge-cover, fixed bridge---
Hardware colorchrome hardwarechrome hardware--gold hardware
Tuner layout--four-in-a-row tunersfour-in-a-row tunersfour-in-a-row tuners
ControlsFENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
Tone controls1 tone control, 2 stacked tone controls2 stacked tone controls1 tone control1 tone control-
Volume controls1 volume control, 2 stacked volume controls, 2 volume controls2 stacked volume controls2 volume controls2 volume controls-
ElectronicsFENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
Pickups configuration2 jazz bass style pickups2 jazz bass style pickups2 single coil pickups2 jazz bass style pickups2 jazz bass style pickups
FretboardFENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material---
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboardrosewood fingerboardmaple fingerboard, rosewood fingerboardmaple fingerboardmaple fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers-
Number of frets20 fret20 fret20 fret20 fret-