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Best Fender 60's J reproduction?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wilbyman, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    So, I live in West Virginia and there are no basses to play. :-(

    I would really like to get a 60's type J bass ... Road Worns look fine (a little spendy for a mexican) but am worried whether they are consistent enough neck wise.

    I have considered and would just go ahead and buy a real vintage bass but I don't really care about having something collectible, plus I don't want something with a bunch of issues (see above).

    I guess the middle ground is some sort of reissue or custom shop J, which is why I pose the question ... if you had to buy something like this sight unseen, which one would it be?

    Some people have advised buying a Road Worn from MF and sending it back if it isn't right, which seems as reasonable as anything, I just don't have a ton of time to ship basses around.

    I know this sounds kind of whiney...I am just looking for some advice because I have not really been in the bass game for a while, cheers...:bassist:

    Not really interested in a boutique builder J, need a Fender!
  2. strost


    Oct 2, 2008
    Blacksburg, VA
    I'd take a day and drive to Columbus. There's a GC and tons of other shops.
  3. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    dude stop being whiny and just start ordering stuff from musicians friend or the used guitar center pages. both are easy returns. its either that or start developing a relationship with a repair man!
  4. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    You might want to compare the Roadworn with the regular ‘60s Jazz. Not quite as “spendy.” (In the interests of full disclosure: I own three MIMs and like ‘em a lot.)
  5. MR PC

    MR PC

    Dec 1, 2007
    Japanese 60's Fender reissues from the 80's into the mid 90's are excellent. Usually found for 500-800 bucks.They even made some stack knob models in the early "80's that could fool ya if you didn't know better,, just really great sounding basses.
  6. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I haven't played any of the Fender reissue J-basses, but as long as you are ordering from a place like MF with a fair return policy, then give 'em a try and see what happens.
  7. cv115505


    Sep 14, 2012
    Oklahoma City
    The new Fender AVRI 63 Jazz (and the Lake Placid Blue is gorgeous).... another option for the 60s sound is the G&L JB... They may have a goofy headstock, but I have one, and I think it nails the 60s Jazz vibe perfectly... You'll also get way more cosmetic options... something to consider
  8. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    D. Lakin Basses Joe Osborn 4
    or find a used Lakland Skyline JO with Fralins
  9. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    All good suggestions...Joe you're right, ugh...I think I will just bite the bullet on a Road Worn...
  10. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    80s mij jazz plus Alleva C pickups
  11. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    be prepared to ship stuff back. my friend just bought a 60's classic jazz from the used guitar center website after checking out mine. no where near as hot. im starting to think i got some weird anomaly. i had to clamp back bow/add washers to get the neck straight and do a fret level at the heel. after that it played sweet but still didnt sound as good.

    if the road worn's neck is straight and has the open, non mexi (ie cheap) sound like my classic 60's youll have a lifer!
  12. headband


    Oct 18, 2013
    I have an original '69, a CS NOS 64 and a RW jazz. My favorite and best sounding is the '69, but a close second is the RW. The neck on the RW is fantastic. I bought mine used (very cheap) without pickups but had an upgraded control plate/electronics. I installed Aguilar pickups and it is now one of the best basses I own. I don't think you will regret buying one.
  13. I picked up a MIJ 2013 66 reissue and can't say anything bad about it. The neck duplicates my original 66 perfectly and the fit n finish is perfect everywhere. If you've got the change for it, buy it. You won't be disappointed
  14. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I recommend the Road Worn Jazz. Unbelievably great for the bucks. The necks are very consistent. I've played nearly a dozen of them, and own two.
  15. Meh. 9" FB radius.
  16. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Say what you will about the country of origin, but the Classic Vibe Jazz is a seriously kickin' piece of work.

    That being said, there are some notable structural differences between that and other 60's reproductions. Outside the types of wood used, there's the bridge (high-mass vs. vintage bent-plate) and the fretboard radius (9.5" vs 7.25"). Understandably, if these are serious issues, no problem.

    I mentioning it because they're easy to acquire and they don't cost an arm and a leg, but mainly because there's a lot of hard-earned love for them 'round these parts. Is it "the best" reproduction? Maybe not, but it is a solid instrument and worth mentioning.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada

    The Road Worn basses IMO are the closest you can get to a vintage bass in terms of playability, look and tone for the money. Every one I have played has been consistent. I've owned more basses than I care to admit, and I would never hesitate to gig one of these. If you are looking to get something a bit more high end, the new '64 Reissues from Fender are terrific basses all around. They aren't cheap, but the price reflects the build quality. Fender Custom Shop are excellent as well. There are a few other companies other than Fender that build excellent vintage copies such as Bluesman Vintage, Nash, JohnK(who is a TB'er). Do a search and you will find a wealth of information.
  18. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    Orange Park, Florida
    I've owned more preCBS J basses than I can count and have looked long and hard for something that resembles the feel and sound of a bass of that era. I've tried them all! Played on the new 64 AVRI's yesterday and it was horrible!! These guys that take off the shelf parts(AllParts) and then do a relic job on them are a joke. Some of them(like Nash) don't even have the pickup spacing correct! Although none have yet to cop that preCBS vibe, I would probably recommend picking up a used RoadWorn. Don't bother messing with it by changing pickups and whatever, just play it as it is and enjoy it for what it is. Otherwise when you feel like spending the big dough get the real deal.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Interesting that you say that. The new AV '64 Jazz Bass from Fender is IMO as close as you can get to a pre CBS Jazz. I've also owned vintage Fenders(including a real 1964 Jazz as well as several CBS era late 60's/70's). Perhaps the one you played was a lemon.

    At any rate, the Road Worn basses are excellent. ;)