I play my first vintage Fender tonight.....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Phendyr_Loon, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    The bass is a '68 jazz bass in sunburst with what I was told was a '71 neck, blocked and bound in rosewood. My local GC has it for sale. The sales associate which I've been dealing with lately encouraged me to take it for a test drive, me being a bit of a Fender fanboy I was delighted by the opportunity.

    The tone was a knockout, exactly what I expected a vintage jazz to sound like.

    The appearance was an authentically worn instrument, no contrived factory distressing. Dents, dings, scratches, and a cracked finish. The back of the neck and headstock were nicely tanned.

    The playability left much to be desired though. However this aspect relies heavily on setup. I must have been so overwhelmed by the mojo of the bass that failed to do what I do to every other bass I play which is site the relief of the neck. The frets felt wrong and the bass was strung with steel rounds, I would've loved to have played it strung with flats.

    All in all I'd say that the bass didn't play great, it was a great experience to play it.
  2. Right_Butterscotch64


    Oct 18, 2012
    Whats everyone got against steel rounds? Still must have been a nice axe. I bet GC is charging through the roof for it though.
  3. Agreed. Steel rounds were an advancement in string technology and have lower tension and lower friction while supplying more of the upper harmonics that allow expression in your playing.
  4. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
    Lot's of people love steel rounds.
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    This is not a string thread, but steel strings stick to my fingers like glue. I use nickels for that reason alone.

    Glad you got to play the bass OP.