Originally Posted by bass12
I've had my '62 Jazz RI for seven or eight years now I guess. It's a great bass. When I went Fender shopping I tried out as many Fenders as I could, from made-in-Mexico Ps to the active Jazz Deluxes. I actually really wanted to like the '75 re-issue best but in the end the '62 come closest to matching up with my idea of what a good Jazz should sound like. I don't have much solid experience with vintage Fenders though, so I can't really compare on that front. All I can say is that my Fender is a great playing, wonderful sounding instrument.
i love coming across Bass12's posts because I know him and we both play on the same scene with the same drummers etc. So I've played His 62 Reissue and It's a big reason why I bought one today.
While I already own a Franken Jazz bass with a stripped '68 body and a 2003 Fender official Vintage 62 replacement neck, with Suhr Humpfrey pickups and a smith bridge, it seems to be far enough away from a "stock" jazz that a new acquisition was justified. Any time I picked up Bass12's it seemed to be the complete package. Not necessarily the growl of an old jazz, but it has a deep resonance and the killer feel that I like about new instruments. His is special. And plays like Buddah after a pro setup from Montreal's legendary Luthier, Pierre Laporte.
Now I know that he has amazing taste in basses and only selects perfectly crafted instruments. I tend to be far less selective and go for the great deal and elect to try to get the unique experience from each bass, (regardless of a gap in a neck pocket or a repaired crack in a headstock) etc as long as I feel that there is an inspiration or an honestly unique tone to be had with that particular instrument.
I'm hoping that when I get my AVRI 62 (I bought it online) that it proves to be a great inspirational axe. I'm planning to slap Thomastiks on it and make it my main Flatwound J.
I'm also ordering a Moollon J Classic and have a CS 64 in my sights, so I might do a great big JJ review soon including a Mike LULL M4, a Moollon, my '68 franken Bass, a '62 AVRI, and a Custom Shop... should be fun!
hopefully I'll film it and invite a few players out to get different reactions... long live the AVRI Let's hope the new ones live up to the 30 year record of the '62