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Decison, Decisions - Another Fender Jazz Thread

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by matti777, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. matti777


    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    I'm mulling over my options here for a vintage 60's sounding Fender jazz. Ideally a real '64 or 64 Custom shop would be nice but I'm wondering if I really need to spend that much. The sound clips I have heard of the '64 CS are what I am looking for. I realize the fit and finish on the CS will be great but I'm wondering if there are other Fenders that will get me there. Here are some options as I see it:

    -refin 60's jazz - hard to find and try one; a bit too much $$$ right now
    - 1964 CS NOS or relic - $2700+ - not many used ones around (might have a line on one)
    - Road Worn Jazz (sunburst!) - heard good things; none around here
    - MIA Std - could always change the pickups?
    -MIM 60s - must be some compromise here?
    - 50th Anniversary - one new one in town; am I paying for the one year only model?
    - others?

    Thoughts and opinions appreciated. Thanks!
  2. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    If you are looking for a player seriously consider a Roadworn. The ones I've played have been light, resonant, and they have sounded great. You won't get a better player out of any of the others you mentioned.
  3. matti777


    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    Good news. I found a RW sunburst in town and the shop will actually let me take it home and try it. They also have a custom shop 64 as well. Its a mom and pop store (well maybe just pop) that is jam packed with mid and higher end guitars mostly. They seem to have a bunch more in a warehouse too. I think this will be bass #5 from this store (mostly used ones).

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