Fender with 70's pickup spacing

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Xyphere, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Xyphere


    Aug 11, 2006
    I'm looking for a solid Fender with the 70's spacing. I'm aware that the Geddy (but the neck is too small...) and the new 70's bass have the bridge pickup closer to the bridge, but are there anymore basses in Fender's line up like that??
  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    AVS '75 RI Jazz Bass.
  3. nls666


    Jul 31, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Marcus Miller signature Jazz Bass
  4. Famous Shamus

    Famous Shamus Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    Sorry, have to disagree with you on this. I owned (up until last month) an American Vintage Series 75 RI, and I currently own an older CIJ 75 RI and the pickups are in the 60's position. Measure the pickups pole to pole...4 inches is 70's spacing, 3 1/2 inches is 60's spacing

    To my knowledge, the Marcus, The Geddy, and the new 2008 MIM 70's bass are the only ones in the Fender line with the true 70's spacing.
  5. The AV'75RI does have the correct spacing. The CIJ and MIJ '75 do not. There have been many threads comparing the two and the incorrect spacing is always one of the biggest complaints about the CIJ/MIJ version.

    Here is a quick compare I did. The sunburst is a 60s reissue and the natural is the American 75 RI. You can see that the 75 has the wider spacing.

  6. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    The '75 reissue definitely has '70s jazz bass spacing. Checkout the new 70's jazz. It's $699 I believe. Great instrument.
  7. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    The AVS '75 RI Jazz Bass absolutely does have the wider pickup spacing. I have one right here.
  8. I agree. I love mine. A fellow TBer has this one for sale for $550. Incredible deal. Get it before it is gone.

    Here is the link to the classified section.


  9. Famous Shamus

    Famous Shamus Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    Having a look at an old photo of my bass, I apologize for sending out wrong info. You are correct as my photo shows...
    Still for some reason I still feel like this bass never really captured that 70's sounds...hence why I sold it.

    Oh...for what its worth, my CIJ has a Sadowsky VTC installed by Roger and makes the bass a different animal...it captures that 70's sound and then some...and is the only reason I bought it. By the way..excellent photshopping technique!
  10. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    Mongo you're dead-spot on with this because I too notice that quite a few CIJ Jazz basses pickups were not in the 70's position