Fender Custom Classic Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rmars, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. rmars


    Jan 2, 2004
    Bettendorf, Ia
    Anyone ever played one of these? In paticular the 5 string with maple board. Do they have the tone of a good Jazz Bass? Does anyone know who may have one in stock? Can't seem to be able to find one and my local Fender dealer knows nothing about them.
  2. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    I would also love to see one of these basses and give it a test run, but I don't think it will ever happen. Some basses made by Fender you will never see on a shelf and this is why: A custom shop jazz like the bass you mention, A Victor Bailey jazz, an FMT, a Reggie Hamilton, the beat up Jaco tribute, the Clst classics, Nos basses are not fast sellers. People figure if they are going to spend $1500., $2000., $2500. they will buy something besides a Fender. When people think fender they think that the MIA basses (jazz or p-bass) a really the top of the line Fenders and any thing else is over priced junk. I find that to be untrue as I now own a Victor Bailey and a FMT V bass, both these basses while still Fenders do stand apart from the regular MIA basses. Stores don't want to get stuck with these basses on the shelf forever and things like vandalism scratches,dings missing and stolen knobs (what is that s**t), and other reasons someone would turn down an otherwise great bass. If you think about it you don't see anyones high end basses being sold new on a shelf unless their high end bass is worth 500 bucks. For what it's worth Fender has been making basses for almost 55 years and are the benchmark for what a lot of boutique jazz basses sound like, and their top of the line basses are a testamate of what Fender has to offer.
  3. dBerriff


    Oct 2, 2004
    Oakham, UK
    I have to agree that it has become a bit fashionable to 'knock' Fender. I have a Victor Bailey and and a Deluxe Jazz and I'm really pleased with them. Recent Fender basses seem to well built and finished in my limited experience.

    Bass remains a minority interest compared to guitars and dealers, especially the smaller ones, just cannot afford to stock some of these slow movers. Shame ... :(

    At least we have the Internet and eBay - risky but I've done ok so far.