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Unknown Fender bass from Fender website

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pauler1976, Nov 8, 2012.


  1. Pauler1976

    Pauler1976

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    Hi all,

    I was looking at colours on the Fender website and came across a bass I had not seen before. It looks like a Blacktop series, but when I looked at the models offered, I could not find it.

    Any idea as to what kind this is and where it is available? I really liked the pickguard and ADG string retainer on the headstock! :bassist:
     

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  2. bassie12

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    Roscoe Beck signature four string.
     
  3. Pauler1976

    Pauler1976

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    Wow that was quick! Thanks so much for the response. I'll have to look into these a little more I recon.
     
  4. ahc

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    That's a Roscoe Beck Jazz. Been discontinued since the mid 2000's. They made both a 4 and 5 string. By all accounts it's one of the best Fender's ever made. Be nice if they'd bring it back but that's pretty unlikely.

    Some more info here:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/roscoe-beck-forum-500581/
     
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  6. Pauler1976

    Pauler1976

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    Thanks ahc! I'll head on over to the thread. Too bad they are no longer in production.. They look killer.
     
  7. millsbass5

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    And it's a damn shame, too. What in the hell are they thinkin'?:rollno:
     
  8. Pauler1976

    Pauler1976

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    Oh for sure, wonder why they still have it on their website then if they were discontinued 10+ years ago?

    Either way, even if I could find one used, I dont think I could afford one, considering how scarce and revered they seem to be.
     
  9. Bobster

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  10. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8 Supporting Member

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    It is kind of weird that Fender discontinued a very good original design, but I'm sure the sales weren't great compared to the Precisions and Jazz Basses that they make most of their money with. I bet if any other bass company had released the same bass, it would be one of their bigger sellers.
     
  11. jlepre

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    WOW!! I would buy one of these in a 5er for sure. Curious on the sound though. Is it very aggressive?
     
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  13. ahc

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    Check the TB classifieds. Usually see them for much less... 1250 - 1350.
     
  14. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

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    I just picked up a 5-stringer in the classifieds for $1350.

    Really nice bass. BIG neck and a bit heavy, but feels good. The whole bass feels and sounds big and fat. Is it aggressive? I feel it is, but not like a Geddy Lee. It's very big sounding, not the brightest bass in the world. It was designed to sound like a 60's jazz bass in the single coil mode. It does, but it's not as bright as a real 60's jazz. It can also get some nice humbucker tones, a bit like a passive Stingray.

    Oh yeah, and by FAAAAR the best B string I've heard or felt on a Fender.
     

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