What is your favorite Fender Jazz Bass and why? Your answer may be something like "American Deluxe Jazz Bass" or "Victor Bailey Jazz Bass" or "70's Reissue Jazz Bass". However, you need to include a year if the features of the bass differ from the features of the same model bass currently in production. Here we go..... My favorite: 1971 Fender Jazz Bass. 1971 was the year where Fender started to build their jazz basses with maple necks (I believe). It's true that all the years up to this day can also have maple necks, but the '71 is more vintage than they are. I also really like: MIA Marcus Miller Jazz Basses, they get the 70's sound without the 70's price.