Fender 75 Jazz Re issue...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rien, Oct 10, 2001.

  1. Rien

    Rien Guest

    Oct 6, 2001
    Fender American '75 Jazz Re-Issue

    Has any one ever played this bass? I'd like to try it out but can't get to a place where I can. Any information would be great. Thanks!
  2. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I have one, and I love it. I have modified it a bit, but it was great when I got it--I just had an idea of what I wanted, and it was a nice starting off point. It has the nicest neck that I have seen on a Fender, and Curbow told me he had never seen a better fretjob on a Fender Jazz. It's heavy as a sum'bitch, but I knew it would be, and I'm okay with it.

    Here's all the mods I've done:

    Added a J-Retro preamp
    Added a BadAss II bridge
    Changed the pickguard to a Mint Green guard
    Had Curbow shave some of the poly off the back of the neck (I don't like thick finishes on necks)
    I've also got a set of Fralin pickups being wound for it. The stock pickups are fine, but, again, I was using it as a starting point for what I had in my head.

    And, lastly, here's a pic:

    Whoops....didn't meant to doublepost...
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    There is one @ a Sam Ash in Bklyn & it's Natural, black block/maple. It looks awesome!!!!!! It's in need of a MAJOR re-string & set up. I mention it everytime & play it, well, Sam Ash employee's arent paid to care. :p
  4. PJR


    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    Hey BM .... I just picked up a MIJ 75ri .....from a friend . It too has a j-retro ...That pre just RULES !!

    ...Interesting that you find it 'heavy' .....I think my MIJ 75ri is light. Are they that different ??

    Did the Badass bridge make a difference , IYO ??
    ...I've been considering swapping out the bridge.

    Here's a pic of mine:


    Stay Low
  5. liran


    Dec 18, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    Im getting mine at christmas, and they are Amazing sounding, beautiful basses. I don't think they are too heavy. Just gotta exercise:D , but they have amazing tone and growl. Great bass. I haven't really tried mine much yet because i gotta wait til christmas, but i have played it a few times while my parents were out:D oh ya mines MIA
  6. Cogno

    Cogno Guest

    Jun 11, 2001
    I have a MIJ Fender 75 Reissue Jazz. It is the Best sounding fender bass and playing neck of any Jazz I have owned. I have owned 100 plus American Made MIJ and MIM. It is sunburst with a rosewood figer board and Pearl inlays. I left it as it came. I currently have 8 assorted Fender basses. Also the MIJ is lighter than the American.
  7. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    It's funny but Fender never made a black block '75 Jazz. The black blocks were discontinued (don't know why) in '73 I believe. I love the look. The pearl blocks continued. Just trivial I know.

  8. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Is that the one that was over on the Dude Pit? If so, you got an amazing deal!

    I haven't played too many different reissues to compare weight. But, mine is heavier than my friend's MIM jazz by a couple of pounds. And, it's heavier than my purpleheart bodied Curbow 5 with a brass tone block and my Peavey Palaedium. It feels very solid, for sure.

    The Badass bridge made a difference--added some punch and sustain. I am thinking of changing it out to a Gotoh, or a Curbow milled brass bridge, just to see what difference it will make.

    As far as the black blocks go, I thought the same thing. When I ordered it, I was kinda bummed that the maple neck came with black blocks, but I really like the look of it now. I don't understand why they did that, either. Kinda like how they discontinued the '62 reissues in LPB, and replaced it with Ice Blue Metallic.
  9. PJR


    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    ...."Is that the one that was over on the Dude Pit? If so, you got an amazing deal! ".....

    Yeah ...It was !!! ....and I know!!!

  10. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    how much, may I ask? did it come modified or just stock.
  11. PJR


    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    It came w/the j-retro......

    I bought it off a fellow 'Pitter', so I did get a real good deal !! (I'll leave it at that )

  12. beadg5

    beadg5 Guest

    May 28, 2001
    Baton Rouge, La. USA
    I hope the reissues are better than the original 75's. I had one, it wouldn't make good firewood !
  13. Offbase


    Mar 9, 2000
    I've owned one, and can attest that they are INCREDIBLE basses! I've also owned 3 or 4 of the MIJ versions, and I think in "bang for buck" terms, they're better. The pickups (IMO) aren't very good, but if you spend maybe $125 or so on a set of Fender 62 RI pups, you've hit the jackpot. FWIW, they use a better method for binding the neck on the MIJ's (the US method is that "shrinkwrap-plastic-look", over the fretends method), but otherwise the American hardware is far superior. That, however, does not deter from the fact that the MIJ's are very well constructed and most I've seen are in fact much better made than most American Standard or American Series basses. You can get an MIJ with case on Ebay for about $500!
  14. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
  15. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
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