2018 Fender Custom Shop Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Midak, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. Midak


    Sep 4, 2011
    Athens, Greece
    Let us see what 2018 brings to the Fender Custom Shop Bass lineup. :cool:

    1959 Journeyman Relic Precision Bass:


    1960 Journeyman Relic Jazz Bass:


    2018 Artisan Spalted Maple Postmodern Bass:


    2018 LTD 1958 Precision Bass - Journeyman Relic:

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    2018 Postmodern Bass - Rosewood Fingerboard - Journeyman Relic:

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    Journeyman Relic Bass VI:

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    There is also another bass model, under the Vintage Custom series: a Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass, but is not accessible yet on the website. I will update the post when it is. ;)
    Update - Here it is:

    Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass


    Fun fact - check the Precision Bass decal on the 1960 Lake Placid Blue Jazz. :smug: What is more, the other 1960 models seem to feature the late '61/early '64 decal that has the patent numbers underneath "Fender"; if it is not a picture mistake it is quite odd since they introduced the correct '60 decal in its 2015 incarnation.

    I really like the Artisan Spalted Maple, the Aztec Gold and the Sherwood Green 1959 Precisions. The LTD 1958 in Black screams Roger Waters.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2018
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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Those Jazz Basses look as awesome as their prices.
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  3. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    At last! A proper Fender VI :woot:
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  4. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    It looks like Fender has completely abandoned the 7.25 radius on all of their American offerings. It appears the only place they’re still still producing it is in the MIM Classics and Roadworns now. Interesting.
  5. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    And not a slab in the bunch.:rollno:
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  6. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    The VI has a 7¼" radius. Is "Journeyman Relic" Fender's new name for the roadworn series?
  7. markbvt


    Jan 4, 2018
    I'll take the black Bass VI please. drool

    The '59 P is nice too, but it sucks they modernized the fretboard radius. I'd rather have one of the '59 P reissues from a while back when they were making them painstakingly accurate.

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  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Those are the same ones that got my attention in this lineup. I'm not usually a fan of spalted woods but it works on a P bass with that guard.
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  9. Midak


    Sep 4, 2011
    Athens, Greece
    "Journeyman Relic" is a type of finish option - the lightest form of relic.

    Have a look on the Time Machine series - the available finish options/aging are the following for the moment:
    1. N.O.S. (New Old Stock)
    2. Lush Closet Classic
    3. Closet Classic
    4. Journeyman Relic
    5. Relic
    6. Heavy Relic
    The N.O.S. is absolutely new and shiny, and as you move towards the Heavy Relic end the finish deteriorates, showing more signs of aging/color distress/dings etc.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2018
  10. That Sherwood Green Precision is freaking gorgeous! drool

    The 'Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass' mentioned in the OP looks to be a slab...

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  11. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Not sure if this will be available stateside or not:


    I see that. I meant for actual basses ;)
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  12. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    I stand corrected, thanks!:thumbsup:
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  13. I just wish they'd bring back a PJ 5 string. The Precision Elite V would be an awesome bass.
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  14. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Wow, what a big mistake !!! .010 - .046 gauge bass string :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:
  15. I would love if they did a custom shop jazz with a maple board...
  16. Midak


    Sep 4, 2011
    Athens, Greece
    You can always order one. :) That's the point of FCS.
  17. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    I DIY'd my own '59 RW P (after a fashion) using a natural 83 SQ MIJ Squier P, a gold ano guard, a threaded saddle bridge, and a lot of playing.
    It's as close as I'm probably ever gonna get, but it wasn't 3 grand either. ;)
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  18. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
    That's a plus for me. One of the reasons I wouldn't buy a birth year bass--1963--is I don't like the feel of the 7.25" neck. (That and, you know, avoiding bankruptcy.)

    I like this relic series but the distinctive 'V'-shaped custom shop logo on the back of the headstock announces "this aged, vintage instrument was made 20 minutes ago."
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  19. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    AZ, USA
    Although it is a vintage feature, I don't understand why Fender keeps using prehistoric heel truss rod adjustment on their high end offerings. It's simply a dumb design. Vintage doesn't have to be dumb.
  20. covermego

    covermego Still here....... Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Redding, CA
    Clay dots on a bass are my absolute favorite......... but most of these remind me of St. Josephs Aspirin, lol.
    I just hope they really don't look like this.
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