Jazz: 70s RI vs Roadworn

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by IPA, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. Roadworn Jazz

    82 vote(s)
  2. 70s Reissue Jazz

    100 vote(s)
  1. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Just a little poll, trying to decide between the two right now.

    Used to own a 70s and I did like it (although I would want sunburst this time around)

    Haven't been able to find a RW to test out.

    Thoughts on the 2? If you had the choice?
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Play a RW.
  3. The only 70s RI available currently is the '74 jazz, right?
    I really wish they hadn't discontinued the 75...
  4. IPA


    May 5, 2010
  5. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    I like the chunkier profile of the 70's neck.
  6. HertzWhenIPlay

    HertzWhenIPlay Last Chance Riders Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    Roswell, GA
    buying a new bass made to look old does NOT appeal to me.
    "to each is their own" but that's a lot like paying $180 for a pair of jeans with holes in them.

  7. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    But it delivers, and it's a bit cheaper than Geddy's signature...

    Much the same, present '74 RI is nothin' but a "rosewood fingerboarded" '75 RI, so really not bad at all

    I must repeat myself

    no RoadWorn please

  8. I regret selling my AVRI 75.
  9. I liked the 70's better but for very personal reasons.

    The neck shapes are equally chunky with the 70's feeling a little thinner to me actually.

    Where the 70's takes the cake for me is the frets and the tuners.The RW has the thinner vintage frets and reverse tuners which are both a kind of a deal breaker for me. Fretwork was equally good on both basses

    Both are alder bodies and sounded equally nice with the 70's being a little more aggressive probably due to the bridge pickup being closer to the bridge, I guess.

    That said I also really liked the satin/worn finish on the RW neck but I know how to achieve this on my own.

    Moreover the RW felt a little heavier.

    Actually during that day I tried all the j-basses from the current fender lineup those two plus the classic 60's were the ones that I liked the best.

    To be honest a RW 70's would be a win-win situation, so I will be waiting here in my corner quietly.
  10. The neck shape on the Geddy Lee is actually quite different, or at least it felt like this to me. Plus I think the pickups are different, but no sure about this. What I know is that the 70's RI was quieter.
  11. Pattycakes


    Jun 22, 2013
    not a fan of the 70's myself. go road worn!
  12. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Interesting, according to Fender specs I think the RW and 70s both have 'vintage style' frets? Weight seems to vary widely for almost any production-line bass, just luck of the draw.
  13. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    And, about the pickups...

    Unfortunately between Geddy's signature and MIM Classic '70s
    the former has the quieter set

    I just compared Geddy's signature to MIM Classic '70s series, as proposed to OP, like I did when comparin' '75 RI and '74 RI

    That's because I don't appreciate the RoadWorn "fake wear n'tear" so I hardly mentioned'em

  14. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    It is certainly a barrier for some. However, since the OP expressed interest, I strongly suggest he go play a couple. :cool:

    They are light, resonant, and about as close to a vintage sounding and feeling Fender Jazz as you will find without having one handmade or searching for and shelling out $$$$$ for a good vintage instrument.

    I have two Road Worn Jazzes, and have owned a vintage '68 and a very nice Fender 2001 '60s Classic. The RW basses are, IMHO superior to my Classic and my '68. In what way? Tone, feel, setup, and weight—though I did have an issue with one RW that was resolved by my local tech. :cool:

    To the OP—be sure to play a couple of RW Jazzes before ruling out the evil "faux mojo." :ninja:
  15. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    I understand why it bothers some people, but it doesn't bother me at all! Might have to have GC order me one in so I can try it, return it if I hate it(not likely)
  16. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Medway, MA
    I've tried both briefly - the RW just felt great to play - like a beat up chair that fits you better.
  17. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    :mad: GET OVER IT ALREADY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO ONE IS TELLING YOU TO BUY ONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rollno:

    To the OP.

    I'm lucky enough to now own three Jazzes.

    I've a "real" 1964 Fender Jazz that I've had and used since 1972.

    I've a brand new MIM Fender Classic 60's Jazz in black with the Poly finish.

    And I've a Fender R.W. in sunburst that I've had for a few years.

    My favorite go to bass.......the R.W. hands down!

    NO ONE has ever commented on my R.W.'s finish, they have commented on it's sound!!!
  18. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    People who care about looks this much are not going to give good input.

    What drew me to the RW were pros I know who were using them over their more expensive jazz basses on records. They just record SO WELL. That is most important to me.

    I would be interested in how well the 75 RI tracks because I would prefer a maple necked 70s style Jazz bass. I love the blocks, the natural grain style, the pickup spacing..etc.

    But I can say that the RW Jazz is a complete studio beast.
  19. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Was lucky enough to give the RW Jazz a try, burst model... blew me away!

    I play a 62 Jazz and it felt spookily similar except it had frets.

    I would think the 70s RI would feel completely different.