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Fender Road Worn '60s Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fredy, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Fredy


    Nov 13, 2012
    Hej TB !! I'm really close to buying a new bass, and as the title says, i've been looking at look at a Roadworn 60's. But there is some things i need to know about the bass before i wanna buy it.
    Does anyone know have this bass who can give me some infomation and an opinion ? Is it Mexican or USA ? and does anyone know the weight of the bass ? If there is one thing that i just hate about basses its if their to heavey !!! :bassist:

  2. Dan55


    Apr 26, 2006
    The Road Worn basses are Mexican, relatively lightweight, and some of the best basses Fender make. My RW Jazz is around 8.5 lbs. and my RW P is a hair over 8.

  3. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
  4. dtripoli

    dtripoli SUSPENDED

    How much those things cost? here's one on LA CL for $800
    Also, they must have been on the same road cause the wear marks are the same
    Fiesta Jazz
  5. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    I have seen Road Worns in the high 7# range and in the very low 9# range ... like every bass model, weight will vary ... the P's generally will run lighter than a J, as is the case in most of the Fender line-up ...
  6. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    They're Mexican, they're light and they're very nice!
  7. interp

    interp Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2005
    Garmisch, Germany
    Excellent instruments! They are usually lighter than standard Fenders (the body and headstock are 1/8" thinner front to back, just like the pre-CBS basses). I owned a Jazz RW and still own a Precision RW. Both are very close in feel and sound to my current real '62 Jazz and a real '58 Precision that I used to own.
  8. These are extremely nice basses! I have had a 62J, 63P, 2x69J and a few later ones. I have to admit that the RW basses are very very close to these old originals, perhaps even better than some of the average ones from 60s.
  9. Fredy


    Nov 13, 2012
    Wow, thanks for the awesome responses, gotta pretty good feel about this one, im from Denmark where the bass is at about $1700 but i'll be spending the next week in chicago were i would like to buy it, any help with find the cheapest place ? :) guitarcenter ?
  10. The Road Worsn are great basses but most of the online shops are blowing out the American Vintage 62 Jazzes. I just picked up a beautiful 3 tones sunburst for about the same price. Plus I get to relic it myself. :)
    Take Care,
  11. Jwood

    Jwood Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Richmond, Va
    RW jbasses are great. I had one and sold it but wish I hadnt now.
  12. bigswifty1


    Dec 8, 2011
    Cool basses. I have two rw J's. A Fiesta Red with rounds/Fralins and a sunburst with flats/Nordstrands. I love them both.

    The original pups are fine tone-wise, but like any J, are prone to 60 cycle hum if you unlucky enough to play in a venue with power issues, which is the only reason I replaced them.

    And it was an absolute hoot at a gig some time ago when another player said to me as I was packing up "sounds great, you can't beat the old ones for tone, when was yours made?".

    We both had a good laugh when I said "2009" :)

  13. fourtet102


    Jun 20, 2012
    Phoenix, AZ
    I hate heaters!
    RW are best Fender basses (besides Custom Shop). They look cool, play even better and sound like million dollar instrument. I'd change maybe pickups but stock ones definitely suffice.
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Anyone know if they have the CNC route beneath the pickguard? also I would love to hear any more reviews thanks.
  15. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Unfortunately Yes.

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  16. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    My RW jazz weighs 8.4 lbs and plays and sounds very good. I love it.
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  17. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
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  18. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I've heard how awesome these basses are I'm going to snag a sunburst thanks everyone.
  19. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    I know a ton of guys on here have bought the RW Jazz basses - has anyone had one defretted? Seems like it would make a dead sexy lined fretless to me.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2014
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  20. If you want a bit more punch or growl or a bit more brightness, try out a 70s Classic jazz bass. I love the 70s style pickup spacings.
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