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Favorite "Vintage" Soundig J Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by anyonefortennis, Mar 5, 2006.


  1. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    So what's your fav vintage jazz?

    I'm looking for a good jazz (not fender necesarily) with a nice old school vibe ala 60's J bass (think JPJ in Zeppelin II).

    Maybe a lakland JO? Sad Vintage?

    What else?
     
  2. Dingwall SuperJ...
    old school vibe w/ tons of modern and vintage tones.
    Takes a Jazz bass to the next level, I think people are throwin around terms like "jazz bass on steriods".
    But believe me, its got a killer '68 Jazz tone
    [​IMG]
    frank
     
  3. hamertek98

    hamertek98

    Apr 3, 2004
    Indiana
    Is the fanned fret hard to get used to? I heard (or read) somewhere it didn't take long to get familier with it.
     
  4. I would go for a Classic 60's Jazz Bass with nickel roundwound strings.

    Definitly a vintage vibe :bassist:
     
  5. As usual, I'd have to say a bolt-on Hamer USA CruiseBass, with either a 2-Tek bridge (like mine) or a Gotoh. They are no longer made. I used a '72 Jazz Bass as my #1 for 10+ years and my Hamer is a much better bass, IMO. You can find them on e-Bay for ~$500 and you won't find a better bass for the money. They boast top-notch components, excellent woods, unrivaled build quality and excellent finishes.
     
  6. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE

    Intresting, I'll keep an eye open!
     
  7. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Seems to me if you are looking for the vintage P sound, you ought to go to the source: Fender. One of the reissue basses with era-specific electronics should do you nicely.
     
  8. ++1!
     
  9. doc540

    doc540

    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    This is my fav. (And I just strung it with TI flats.)

    [​IMG]
     
  10. bmc

    bmc

    Nov 15, 2003
    Switzerland
    Blade Tetra plugged into a Sadowsky Outboard Preamp. Closest I've come to my 66 Jazz.
     
  11. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    You mean J, right?
     
  12. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN

    Yep. Read J, typed P.

    I suggest looking at a Fender J if you are interested in the Fender J sound.
     
  13. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:
    I've owned a few.
    1963 jazz
    Two 1966 jazz. both dot necks.
    1969 jazz. rosewood, blocks.
    I sold three.
    The 1963, 1969, and one of the 1966, It was white.
    Keep sunburst 1966.
    It just had the best sound of the four.
    It now has a 1962 P-bass neck on it, the best of the bunch.
    I love j-basses, with p-necks.
     
  14. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:
    Just to add.
    I bought all my jazz basses, in the early 1980's.
    I payed less than $900.00 for each of them.
    I could not afford them know.
    Ah, the good old days.
     
  15. bmc

    bmc

    Nov 15, 2003
    Switzerland
    I have a 1975 fretless maple P neck on a jazz body. I'm sure you can appreciate how nice that is.:)
     
  16. CWK

    CWK

    Jun 9, 2005
    South Centeral Pa.
    My fav is a 1976 jazz bass.
    Love it.3 bolt neck and all of the b\s that one could claim.
    A Fine Fender Bass. *Favorite "Vintage" Soundig J Bass?*
    When I replaced the original set of pup's with a set of customshops it turned
    the earth around to me.
    very nice.yes vintage to say the least.
     
  17. My is 1968´Fender Jazz Bass,sunburst. I did meet anything better in my short 55 years life...
     
  18. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The MIJ/CIJ 62 J reissues are very nice, and not very expensive either. Great build, Fender Custom Shop vintage pups...the one I have has the old school spiral saddles, reverse tuners, little bitsy vintage fretwire, and the "early profile" slightly more chunky J neck profile.
     
  19. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    That sounds very cool!:)
     
  20. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine