Jazz Bass Comparison- 64 Reissue, Roadworn, New American Standard

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chetmz, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. chetmz


    Dec 4, 2006
    Hartford, CT
    While in NYC today on business, had a chance to stop by Matt Umanov Guitars (a great shop!!) and tried 3 Jazz basses-64 Reissue, a Roadworn and New American Standard. It was real quiet in the store due to the weather so I was able to play these with in a nice quiet room. All were well set-up (can't get that at Guitar Center) and played through an Ampeg PF500 and matching 1x15. I am a long time "Precision Only" guy and after trying some J's from time to time, I thought, with some new music I am doing that it was finally time to seriously considering the addition of a J bass.
    I was a bit surprised to find my least favorite of the 3 was the '64 Reissue. The neck seemed be a deep "C" (round,and deep) vs the AM STD and the RW. The RW in fact, felt a bit like a mini-version of my '61 Precision, meaning a bit wider and not as deep (shallow C) which I liked. The 'worn' feel certainly also helps. The Am STD was in between.
    As to the real issue of tone, once again, I was expecting to like the Reissue but I found it a bit 'mellow' in comparison to the other 2. The best J's I have heard always seem to have a distinctive thump, and punch compared to a Precision and surprisingly, I didn't hear that from the Reissue. Of the other 2, I liked the sound of the AM STD pick-ups more. The RW seemed to have the same general characteristics but a bit less of each.
    I have read favorable reviews of all 3 here on TB and realize perceptions of sound and feel are VERY personal and these are all good instruments. Again, it just stuck me as a bit odd that the Reissue was my least favorite. In particular, I am wondering about the difference in the neck profiles. Since I liked the RW profile best, I am wondering if that is representative of a particular year(s) of production. I ask this in part, because, the whole RW thing bothers me a bit and I am wondering about finding this in a non-RW version.
  2. Burwabit

    Burwabit Likes guitars that tune good and firm feelin women Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lubbock, TX
    New American Standard Jazz basses have 60's custom shop pickups that really sound great. :)
  3. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I have always preferred the American Standard Jazzes to the U.S. Reissues. Just picked up a 2014 AS and love it. But I really still want to give the 74 a spin.

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