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Fender American Jazz "BIG HORN"?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kbaxter26, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. Anyone ever seen one of these? I found a 1993 Fender American Jazz Bass with the top "horn" being substantially bigger than normal.
    I have never seen one before.
  2. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    They're called boner basses.
  3. Any ideas what there are worth?
  4. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Last one I saw in great shape was $800.
  5. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I think the neck is slightly longer and the bottom cutaway deeper making the upper horn look longer. The "boner"
  6. Papersen


    Mar 22, 2002
    That`s right.
    First runs also had TBX control knobs (with the F logo).
    Has 22 frets and the longer upper horn was designed to accomodate the longer fretboard.

    They`re usually a bit cheaper than a MIA Standard Jazz.
  7. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada

    Heh , he said ... boner .
  8. JDLowEnd

    JDLowEnd Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2010
    Norwich, CT
    Pics please? Very curious about this
  9. Papersen


    Mar 22, 2002
    Here`s one I used to own (built in 1993)

    Attached Files:

  10. Hmm, I don’t see it - in the pic the horn looks like it’s at the 12th fret, which is normal - what am I missing?
  11. Mtnman


    Jun 5, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I think it only appears longer due to the deeper cutaway on the treble side.
  12. Here's pics of my '89 "Boner" Jazz bass:

  13. sanderic


    Jun 3, 2011
    I used to have one of these. The bass has 22 frets instead of 20, causing the cutaways to be deeper. It also has strat type knobs and a TBX tone controle. They were made like this from 87 to, I believe, either 94 or 96. Despite the odd shape, it will fit into a post 97 case.
  14. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN
    Upper horn extends about a fret further than a typical jazz bass, in addition to deeper cutaways. I think they ran from '89 thru '94. I have a '92 that I played a bunch back in the 90's. Great build quality, horrible design quality...... horribly tame pups, and a bridge that is just too freakin' wide. I modded mine a bit (new bridge, pups, tort guard, bone nut, hipshot, knobs) in order to overcome what I thought it lacked. Now it's a great bass! My ear gravitates more towards P basses these days, so mine doesn't get a ton of play, but it sounds and plays great. I keep it around for those times when a J is required.

    And since they usually run a hundred or two less than typical AmStd's, it's a good deal. Put a few bucks into a std bent plate bridge, and some new pups, and you're good to go! The TBX is actually a killer feature...... up past the detent and it sounds very modern and hot. Below the detent, and it sounds like a good ol' passive jazz.
  15. sanderic


    Jun 3, 2011
    I changed the bridge on my 93 to a Badass and changed the pickups to Seymore Duncan quarter pounders. I also ditched the tax ( a mistake) for standard wiring. It was a good bass, but just never looked right to me, a think it was the angle of the pickguard at the neck. I switched to a 97 American Standarrd Jazz and never looked back.
  16. sanderic


    Jun 3, 2011
    Oops should be TBX not tax.

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