Which Fender Jazz Bass?

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  1. mesaphlin

    mesaphlin

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    Hello everyone,

    I just would like to purchase a Fender Jazz Bass but I am not sure which one I should buy?

    An old vintage 1972 Fender Jazz Bass or a new Fender 1974 Jazz bass which Fender just released?

    What are your opinions about it?

    And also, people say that the vintage jazz basses have dead notes ( well maybe on some of them ) You think the Fender Company solved this dead note problems on the new Fender 74 Jazz Basses?

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  2. thebrian

    thebrian The Brian abides. Gold Supporting Member

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    Well.. this one time.. at band camp..
    It depends on the individual instruments. Lots of vintage basses are great players, and so are lots of newer basses. And there are bad ones from every era including the present. Dead spots can happen on any bass, regardless of age. Actual dead notes (where it's fretting out) can be fixed.. sometimes with an easy adjustment, sometimes with a fret leveling, sometimes with a re-fret. If a vintage or newly made bass has playability issues, take that into consideration when you offer a price.. or just move on to one that plays better.
     
  3. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    Like thebrain stated, they may both be good individually. I don't know if it's possible to have both basses in the same room w/a nice amp - if so one will shine brighter for you once you A/B them. It's going to be hard to make a call otherwise.
     
  4. Makatak

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    A 72 jazz?, did you win the lottery? They are pretty rare and expensive, here anyway. Id say go for the vintage, cant lose.
     
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  6. Eric66

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    The dead note problems are certainly not solved on new Fender basses.
     
  7. BassAgent

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    No they're not. The 70's Jazzes are actually still pretty affordable (with some exceptions). When you get pre-1969, things can get pretty darn expensive but a Jazz from, say, 1972 or later is mostly not too costly.
     
  8. Papersen

    Papersen Gold Supporting Member

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    If you have the chance to buy a 1972 (please test if first) go for it. Great bass and good investment.
     

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