Name that jazz bass

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  1. lilcrate

    lilcrate Supporting Member

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  2. DudeWheresMy182

    DudeWheresMy182

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    Ahhhh, that's the infamous 'boner bass' with the horns that are a little different. I think they were mid 90's? Someone else can help with that. But yes, a Fender American Jazz.
  3. svlilioukalani

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    That's what I believe it is.
  4. Marko5657

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    I think the lower cut is a bit deeper than normal for higher-fret access, and it makes the upper horn look longer.
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  6. gjbassist

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  7. lilcrate

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    Interesting! Thanks everyone!
  8. JIO

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    This is the first American Standard series (89-94) - that model name is still used to this day but not this design. That price is average for these basses and in good condition the only issue is the bridge. For whatever reason the string spacing is wide (not standard width)
  9. johnson79

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    Yeah, I never really loved mine. The bridge was an issue. It was a 21 or 22 fret neck. Can't remember.
  10. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    Individual preference is always subjective but the boner's a pretty decent (22 fret) J once the bridge is swapped out.
  11. BurningSkies

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    More particularly, that one looks to be of the 92-94 time period, in Midnight Blue.

    I happen to have the exact same model/year in that color.

    Also, I've never had any problems with the standard bridge, and I played one as my main gigging instrument for about 10 years.
  12. High Camp

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    I too own a Longhorn (that's the official nickname ;-) ), one from '92 and firstowner.
    I love it! And over the years the bass has matured in sound, just like wine.
    In fact, I wish I had two so I could one with rounds and the other with flats.
  13. johnson79

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    It was a great bass, don't get me wrong. First new instrument I ever bought. Got it for $550 that I saved when I was a sophomore. Had I known that the issue was just the bridge I may have kept it. Sadly there wasn't all of this knowledge readily available and I was just a dumb kid.
  14. JIO

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    Both youth & hindsight are golden ;) - and as far as the bridge, some players don't have an issue w/it, but it was oddly wide putting the E & G on the very edge of the fb. (2 3/4" compared to a standard 2 5/8") It didn't bother me at first, but switching between my Jazzes, finger-placement discrepancies became apparent.

    And High Camp makes a good point. These basses are over 20 yrs old and it's not a stretch to say they are coming into their own now with age.
  15. johnson79

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    I had the biggest issue with the G. Practically fell off the board. But, I wish I still had it.

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