Fender '64 Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by alexmoore10, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. alexmoore10


    Apr 3, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Ashdown Engineering Amplifiers, Elites Strings and Cosmic Ears IEMs
    Can anyone out there tell me anything about the 64 Reissue Jazz?

    I am looking at a few things, namely the

    American Vintage '75 Jazz Bass with maple neck

    Custom Classic Jazz Bass 3-Color Sunburst Rosewood Neck

    and the '64 Jazz Bass with Rosewood neck

    Also has anyone seen the Closet Classic or the NOS and are they as good as they sound or a bit tacky?

    Any thoughts would be great!
  2. YCBass


    Aug 29, 2007
    I can comment on the Custom Classic - I have the 5 string with ash/maple combo.... A truly awesome bass, modern bass that it - I really don't think it belongs with the others you mentioned purely because it's an active - and you either want that or you don't.

    And on the '75 - I love this bass, I want one! I really want to sell my MIA J to upgrade but I don't have the $$ to add on top right now. Truly fat and funky - truly reminds you of the '70's.

    I saw a used '64 NOS at my local GC - didn't spend too much time with it (because of the thumb rest below the G string) but I enjoyed it as well - sorry not too much detail on this one. I can say that for my personal taste I like the modern way of finishing better - the poly 3-tone burst on my '04 MIA is much nicer and deeper than the old-school nitro version of the '64, IMHO. But the bass had Custom Shop touches all around.
  3. albass111


    Feb 13, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I assume that you are talking about the custom shop. I've played many of these, and the best advice I can give is play them before you buy. I think that because the woods are hand selected by the custom shop, each bass has a different characteristic. Of the 20 or so that I've played, 2 were absolutely magical, 5 I didn't care for and the rest were in between. I found one in Vegas with not so alive strings, and this just had tone for days. I came back two days later to buy it, and it was gone. :crying: It was the best sounding new Fender that I ever played.

    However, unless it was a prop, I'd have a difficult time ordering a CS '64 over the internet, but that is just me...

    $$ for $$ the best 60's fenders that I've played are the late 80's early 90's MIJ. I have one from the early 90's that is about 8 pounds, and made very well. Some of the '83 62 reissues sound great too.
  4. alexmoore10


    Apr 3, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Ashdown Engineering Amplifiers, Elites Strings and Cosmic Ears IEMs
    Thanks...great thoughts.

    I just had a deal with a Fender importer taken away (they stopped dealing with Fender) so I am looking at all the options.

    It HAS to be a Fender however and a four string (I have a QMT 5 which is amazing) and I like the passive/active difference.

    Any thoughts on this dilemma for me is appreciated, thanks again!!
  5. FunkyFrosty


    May 28, 2006
    I have an CS Oly White '64 NOS Jazz.

    It's my , kick ass, chest thumping, silky smooth playing numero uno, go to Jazz bass.

    I like it a little.:bag:
  6. can't go wrong with the 75 reissue, I have one and it's my favourite bass
  7. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    I have a S/B NOS '64 that is simply equal to any I've played, but I did have another a few years ago that I bought sight unseen that was just a good Jazz.

    I do love the look of the nitro sunburst on a Fender, and the way it wears.
  8. Mr Venus

    Mr Venus Guest

    Aug 23, 2005
    I have a NOS 64, and it's absolutely wonderful. Great bass, my favourite.