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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by liran, Jun 24, 2001.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST YEAR FOR THE FENDER JAZZ BASS?
Explain your answer.
The first year. Without it there are no other years
A year besides the first year please.
The second year, because it continued the tradition of the first year into the future.
1972 - love that maple fretboard with black block inlays. plus, that's the year of Geddy Lee's jazz bass.
They had finally overcome the shortcomings of the early 90s models (like that ugly upper horn) and they also put this dinky little 50th anniversary plaque on the back of the headstock that is just SO cool....
Other than that, agree with Brad.
I have four, a 1968, 1978 and two 1997 5's. I've played a ton of them including lots of pre-CBS ones. Other than the first year (I think they got it right, right out of the chute). My favorite of the rest is one of my basses from one of the supposedly worst years, 1978. It's the most aggressive sounding Jazz I have and it's dead stock, an Ash body with Maple board and pearloid inlays, my favorite look for a Fender Jazz.
If the question was, "which Fender bass would you like to recieve as a gift?", ruling out artists' basses like Jamerson and Jaco, I'd stay with my first answer...the first year.
Bet you thought I was kidding