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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Specifcations:

ModelImageFinish colorsFinish effectsNumber of stringsScale length
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)
1960 to 1964
blonde finishsunburst finish--
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)
1965 to 1974
black finish, blonde finish-4 strings-
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)
1975 to 1981
--4 strings34 inches scale-length
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)
1983 to 1984
--4 strings-
FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
1981 to 1984
No image yetgold finish-4 strings-
ModelBody materialBody shape featuresBody stylePickguard material
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)
1960 to 1964
alder body, ash body--tortoiseshell pickguard, white pickguard
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)
1965 to 1974
alder body--tortoiseshell pickguard
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)
1975 to 1981
alder body, ash body-jazz bass body styleblack pickguard
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)
1983 to 1984
-double cutawayjazz bass body stylewhite pickguard
FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
1981 to 1984
-double cutawayjazz bass body stylewhite pickguard
ModelNeck jointNeck material
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)
1960 to 1964
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FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)
1965 to 1974
--
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)
1975 to 1981
bolt on neckmaple neck
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)
1983 to 1984
-maple neck
FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
1981 to 1984
bolt on neck-
ModelBridgeHardware colorTuner layout
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)
1960 to 1964
bridge-cover, fixed bridgechrome hardware-
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)
1965 to 1974
bridge-cover, fixed bridgechrome hardware-
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)
1975 to 1981
--four-in-a-row tuners
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)
1983 to 1984
--four-in-a-row tuners
FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
1981 to 1984
-gold hardwarefour-in-a-row tuners
ModelTone controlsVolume controls
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)
1960 to 1964
1 tone control, 2 stacked tone controls1 volume control, 2 stacked volume controls, 2 volume controls
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)
1965 to 1974
2 stacked tone controls2 stacked volume controls
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)
1975 to 1981
1 tone control2 volume controls
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)
1983 to 1984
1 tone control2 volume controls
FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
1981 to 1984
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ModelPickups configuration
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)
1960 to 1964
2 jazz bass style pickups
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)
1965 to 1974
2 jazz bass style pickups
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)
1975 to 1981
2 single coil pickups
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)
1983 to 1984
2 jazz bass style pickups
FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
1981 to 1984
2 jazz bass style pickups
ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markersNumber of frets
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1960-1964)
1960 to 1964
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers20 fret
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1965-1974)
1965 to 1974
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers20 fret
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1975-1980)
1975 to 1981
-maple fingerboard, rosewood fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers20 fret
FENDER JAZZ BASS (1983-1984)
1983 to 1984
-maple fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers20 fret
FENDER JAZZ BASS GOLD (Made in USA)
1981 to 1984
-maple fingerboard--