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any opinion on the fender custom shop duo tone jazz bass ltd ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by black.rose1402, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. black.rose1402


    Jan 10, 2007
    I 'm kind of interested in a duo tone jazz, it's a limited edition by the custom shop, I know what a duo tone is, but is there anybody that tried one and can share their opinion?

    it's seems that there are a few of them in the world and I kind of like the stack pots config

    thanks in advance for those who knows
  2. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    All I know is that if they call it "custom shop", it's priced higher than it's worth. :p
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  4. I love mine very resonant body, a keeper ;-)
  5. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    I purchased one. I have a Sadowsky, a pre-CBS P-bass, a Valenti, a '03 Lakland 55-01D, two road worn Jazzes, ~1850 Tyrolean upright...etc.

    I sold a very good '69 3tsb Fender P-bass in order to get the duo-tone relic. I got a good price, imho on the duo-tone.

    It is pretty much the only 4-string electric I play anymore.

    Amazingly complex clear rich tone. Here is a thread with a bit more info: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/considering-fender-cs-team-built-early-60s-jazz-relic-1007101/
  6. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest

    +1 lol

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    Seriously I would love to hear a 'duoTone' for myself.
  8. i love and keep mine with Dunncans Antiquity II Jive ! More fat thans the Abby's ones !
  9. TuneIn

    TuneIn Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    +2 HA!
  10. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

    Can somebody enlighten me here, what is DuoTone? I tried google...
  11. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Yes. The body slab is three planks. The "wings" are Ash, and the center plank is Alder. The first several times I played the one I have, I was unaware it was a "duo-tone," and like you had never heard of it.

    The young salesman, mentioned it. When I asked for more info, the best he could do was find a blurb "auf Deutche," which he ran through Google Translate—producing a certain amount of giberish. Fortunately I remembered enough of my German to figure out the original text. :eyebrow:

    Does the wood matter? I don't know and don't care. It is my favorite instrument at the moment, which is difficult to admit because my Sadowsky and my Roadworns are inspiring. :eek:

    Weight is 8.8 lbs. (8 lbs 12.8 oz or 3.99 kilos). I traded a '69 P-bass for $3200 and also got 20% off the tag price. $400 cash difference. In any case, I am happy. I exchanged a bass I never play anymore for one I play all the time. :cool:
  12. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    All I know is that you are welcome to your opinion, but I traded a bass I paid $830 for in 2001 plus $400 cash. I have owned Jazz basses on and off since 1968 and first played one in 1964.

    My CS instrument is better than any Jazz I have owned—IMHO. The price was somewhere around $3800 when I first pulled it off the wall. I ended up "paying" ~$3600 with the 3.2k trade.

    In reality, the price is hard to establish. I suspect that the '69 P-bass trade was really worth about $2900, so adding the $400 cash I paid, the price was $3300. I know some '69 P-basses are going for ~$3000, so if I had sold the P-bass myself, I could have saved ~$100. Call me a fool, if it makes you feel better. :p

    I am a retired music teacher and play in 5 bands (one reggae, one country, one 20-piece Jazz big band, one electric fusion/smooth Jazz, and one classic Jazz combo. The Jazz is used at least part of the time in all of them. :bassist:
  13. Fender Custom Shop Ltd Run DuoTone Jazz Bass Relic 3 tone sunburst.

    Frankfurt Music Messe 2012 Ltd Run guitar.

    DuoTone..2 tones..2 woods. The body has an ash centre with alder wings. Sounds bizarre but it actually works. You get the attack and openness of ash along with the woody mid range bite of alder..

    Alder/Ash/Alder body

    64 J Bass neck/ round lam board

    9.5" radius

    Medium jumbo frets

    '62 stack knob volume/tone controls
  14. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Nikolas—do you have any pictures? Would you make some and please post them?

    Here is one of mine:


  15. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I used to own one. Sold it to a good friend. I miss it and hope to buy it back some day!
  16. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member


    I understand that.

    I saw that yours listed about the time I bought mine. I know you got a great deal on it. Why did you let it go? —Wait, that sort of answers itself, doesn't it? :smug:

    I don't suppose it had anything to do with the unfathomable attraction so many ultra-cool vintage Fender basses seem to feel for you, does it? ;) ;) ;)

    How long did you have the duo-tone? Were there pics? I'd love to compare the finish work to mine. :cool:

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