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I have no Jass Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stu Rose, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Greetings,

    I need a good quality jazz bass, what should I get to get the traditional Jazz bass sound and Jaco tone?
  2. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    Try a Fender, they seem to really nail that sound your looking for.
  3. It should have blood stains on it from also acquiring Jaco's fingers.
  4. For a good jazz check out the vintage reissue series. The MIA ones sound wonderful in a mix and definitely nail the jaco tone better than any other jazz basses ive played other than an actual 60s jazz
  5. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    jaco played with roto swing 66, i believe. that wouldn't be a bad place to start with any decent jazz
  6. rstellar13

    rstellar13 Sarcastic Panda

    Sep 2, 2012
    Allentown, PA
    get a fretless and coat it in boat epoxy, that might help.... and get jacos fingers, and his brain, that is all
  7. JSpradBass


    Mar 3, 2013
    Columbus, OH
    I recommend a G&L JB.
  8. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    To get Jacos tone, you need a fretless jazz bass and solo the bridge pickup. That is as close as anyone can possibly get. Ever.
  9. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    Rob a bank and get a Fender CS Jaco signature Bass. for $4500.00.
    That should get you close to a Jaco tone.
  10. Lots of Jaco's sounds might really only be possible if you learn how to play fretless. And even then, you'll only get close.

    There are lots of great Jazz Basses around. Go out and try as many as possible, and get one you like best.
  11. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Wow. I didn't think Jass basses even existed...

    They're incredibly rare, but you might be able to talk one of these guys into selling ya one.

  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Why not just get one of Fender's Jaco Pastorius basses? It looks like Jaco's bass, it sounds like Jaco's bass, and will enable you to play exactly like Jaco. $1,800 for this one.

  13. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    About 15 years ago I went to several music stores in South Korea where there were many counterfeit guitars and basses at the time. One store near Osan Air Base, the infamous Mr. Potato guitars, had several Fender "Jass" basses. It said it right on the headstock.

    I have been there since then and he now sells his own custom built instruments (not bad at all) and no counterfeits (and I don't see counterfeits in Korea much anymore - or else they are much better fakes).
  14. Yes I wrote "Jass" instead of Jazz, my bad.:meh:

    Thanks for all the input so far, much appreciated.
  15. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    They don't sound like Jaco's bass to me, and they definitely don't feel right on the neck due to the lack of correct epoxy. Fender doesn't know how to make a Jaco bass. Only Jaco and his Luthiers did.
  16. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
  17. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    I tried one of those basses a few months ago and it was a very sweet player. But it must have had a defect because it didn't enable me to play just like Jaco! :meh:

    I do have a Squire VM fretless that I've been playing a lot more of lately. For what it is, it's a cool fretless to learn on.
  18. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Well, you'll need 2 basses. A fretted and fretless.Unless by Jaco tone you mean the solo'ed bridge pickup sound and not the fretless sound. Then you just need one jazz bass. Any of them will work.
  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    For crying out loud. Jaco's "luthiers" were Fender employees. (Well, he was his own luthier, too, I guess, having ripped out the frets.)
  20. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    An Airman I used to work with bought a Mr. Potato bass in South Korea. The rear cavity cover was essentially cut out of a pickguard (no wonder it hummed) but otherwise, like you said, it wasn't bad at all. Can't find my picture of it though. :meh: