Fender Rarities Jazz Bass

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  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis


    This is a cool bass, really well put together with an ash body, ebony fingerboard, and bound neck. It sounds good but my Geddy sounds better. I checked this out when I came by to make a payment on my Geddy.
     
  2. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    Ebony !!:drool:
     
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  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Your Elite is ebony, isn’t it?
     
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  4. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    Yep. My favorite fingerboard wood.
     
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  5. I’m having a hard time seeing the Flame in that ash top...
     
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I should have said cherryburst ash.
     
  7. elgranluis

    elgranluis

    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    What did you use to record the audio and video ? iPhone , Android, or something else ?
     
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    iPhone.
     
  9. It’s not you, there’s a Tag on the bass that says so!!!
    I think the whole point of the Rarities model is that they have fancy tops. This one doesn’t seem like it has one, but it’s supposed to...

    Rarities Flame Ash Top Jazz Bass® | Electric Basses
     
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  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Listening to that video again, the Rarities Jazz has a very usable bridge pickup. It was bright and punchy, but fat enough to stand alone.
     
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  11. I played a Rarities a few days ago, and the flame on top was kind of subtle. How visible it was depended on lighting and angling.
    The finish is "Plasma Burst," like the Ultra. Very red in person.
    Mostly, though, it's a vintage reissue in terms of specs: fat neck with binding, Pure '64 pickups, reverse tuners, tugbar, included chrome covers, copper grounding strip, vintage case.
     
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  12. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    NEW YORK
    sounds good.
     
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  13. slamsinger

    slamsinger Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Coventry RI
    2500.00 ?? Wow fender is reaching on that price point ... just my .02
     
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  14. lat

    lat

    Dec 30, 2014
    Lower Basstonia
    It's what they do...
     
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  15. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Ebony - cool !!!
     
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  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The hardware, fit, and finish are top notch. The bass will be worth it to some people, YMMV.
     
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  17. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    The Geddy Lee Jazz bass is IMHO the best Jazz they ever made.
     
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  18. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    I mean this with all due respect.

    You could build a Warmoth Jazz, with higher quality components, and even pay a quality builder to assemble it for under half that amount.

    It just will not say Fender on the headstock.
     
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  19. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    You could say the same about Sadowsky, or anyone making Fender style basses. If your skills are good enough to back up your post.
     
  20. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    I’m not sure what you mean about backing up my post.
    My post is based after working with a few builders for several years and knowing what goes into these instruments.
    I am not a builder myself, never claimed to be one. All I have done was decided the componets.

    Do I think ‘most’ bolt on 4 string builders offering 34” scale instruments are over rated.
    Short Answer: YES

    Fender being at the top of the heap.
     
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