Help identify this Jazz Bass
Hello Bass world. I am a fairly knowledgeable bass player, I've owned dozens of basses and currently have a closet full, but I've been stumped by the most recent Jazz bass I picked up today. Can someone help?
Here is what I know:
I'm 100% positive that this is all original, I bought it from the original owner who purchased it in 2005, he claims it's a 76-reissue (maybe the pickups, but not the bass) but it had the plastic still on the pickguard and the case still had that SMELL. Ohh, the smell of a brand new Jazz Bass, you know.
Something is suspicious, because it doesn't look, feel, or sound like a Standard USA Jazz.
And holy crap does it sound AMAZING.
I've got 4 Jazz basses right now, the Geddy and Marcus are even supposed to be 70's reissue but this SMOKES them hands down. The tone is HUGE and the neck feels thinner than my 90's Deluxe but not as thin as the Geddy.
seems like a HW1 from 2005
Decent made instruments, with a very thin nitro lacquer, but it was the cheapest "Made in USA" Fender available back in the days. It's not a ReIssue.
^ All correct. They are worth a little less then a newer HWY One mostly due to the Badass II on the newer versions being worthy more secondhand and also the necks on the newer ones have a graphite rod and adjust at the heel not headstock. The newer HWY necks are essentially american standard necks with a 70s logo and cheaper tuners, these older ones are essentially a MIM deluxe neck with a USA decal.
Great, I think this is all correct, but regardless of the technicalities, as you guys know, a MIM fender can sound like a dream and there are MIA's that aren't all that magical.
This one, for what it is, sounds so good I might have to keep it.
Strange they put the ultra vintage bridge on it with the 60s threaded saddles....straight out of 60s reissue and also not having the cnc route that goes from control panel to neck pickup. This is how all the 60s basses were made...perhaps the highway 1 was a tribute to the 60s??? Even the nitro!!! Cool bass
... except this would NOT be nitro .. these had an ACRYLIC lacquer finish ... nitrocellulose lacquer was not used until the 'upgraded' Hwy ONE appeared mid year 2006 along with the BAII and the graphite support rod, heel adjust neck (as mentioned above) ... the acrylic lacquer does not wear the same as nitro, and tends to be more 'chippy' ...
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