Fender Jazz & Precision "TIME MACHINE" Series

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gozan, Nov 4, 2001.

  1. gozan


    Sep 17, 2000
    Has any seen or tried the new FENDER PRECISION 1959 BASS or the new 1964 FENDER JAZZ BASS TIME MACHINE SERIES ? What are the prices and are they worth it ?
  2. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    I don't know much about these basses, but what I've heard is they are Custom Shop basses. Which means they will cost a pretty penny. Are they worth it? I don't know, I doubt it though.
  3. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Both models are made through the Custom Shop. However, they are two completely different monsters. If I understand things correctly, the '51 P-bass is a special run that will be limited to this year...celebrating the anniversary of the original P-bass 50 years ago. You can expect to pay a LOT for these little monkeys! As for the '64 Jazz, I've played several of them and have been impressed-see my profile and you'll know why! : ) For all practical purposes, the '64 is just a '62 Reissue, except that it is made in the Custom Shop and it has the traditional Vol/Vol/Tone controls, as opposed to the stacked Vol/Tone of the '62. You shouldn't have any problems with quality, but they don't sound as "modern" as the '62 does, nor should they be compared to a Lull or a Lakland, which to me seem to have a bit more brightness or "new snap" to them that the Fenders. As for value, they are comparable in price to a Lakland or Lull, and you should be able to get one for $1700-1900.
  4. I presently have a Jazz Bass Relic, I've had it for about 5 years, paid $1500.00 new. Didn't look new when I got it. "Hey it's a Relic." When I started playing bass in 1964 the first good bass I got was a 1961 Jazz, boy was it a rag. Wish I still had it. Traded for a new 1965 Precision Bass. Later, about 1972, got a 1963 Jazz Bass. Anyway, this Jazz Bass Relic is about as close as I have been able to get to one of my old basses. The feel, tone, finish, even the smell is like an old classic. It fools a lot of people. They say how old is that bass or you must have had it a long time. There is a difference in new and relic and old. I'm not telling my age.