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NBD: Fender Jazz '75 AVRI

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mastermold, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Got this last week but waited until after its first gig to see how it performed with the band before posting. It's a keeper. Found it at Sweetwater--which like other stores appears to be getting some leftover Fender stock from before the 2013 new AVRI line roll out. Listed at just 8lbs 6oz it was one of the lightest Jazz basses I've seen and that coupled with the price (still $1,800 compared to $2,400 for the new ones) and my past positive experience with these I grabbed it.

    In addition to the light weight, fit and finish are great, the action is dialed in and really enjoying it. The nitrocellulose finish feels better to me than the polyurethane finish they're putting on their new 70's reissues. The poly feels like plastic, less organic, even if more true to the period finish they used on the originals. I do like the new '74s but prefer the prior AV '75 so I'm glad I found such a nice one.

    No pics no bass so here's a few, a phone pic from its first gig and a nice higher res pic from Sweetwater:


  2. Osztertag2112


    Jan 27, 2013
    Lovely! I didnt realize that these were nitro! I think these are on the top of my gas list, hope it works well for you
  3. Jazzish

    Jazzish Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2006
    Very nice grain on the body. Score!
  4. Cool that you got a light one. Mine's heavy, but it's my #1. The neck is absolutely perfect. Hope you enjoy it!
  5. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Simply elegant congrats
  6. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Thanks it's a 3 piece body but they did a nice job matching grain and at the same angle with the control plate so it flows nicely.
  7. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    Those were poly as well.
  8. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Yeah speaking of "gas" the smell of the fresh nitro was really strong for a few days, like a Gibson nitro finish. Stank!
  9. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

  10. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    The one I owned was definitely poly. Odd.
  11. Bibby


    Aug 24, 2000
    Definitely poly. That is not a bad thing - poly + bridge PUP spacing defines the 70's Jazz sound .The fact that you got a light one is a bonus in my book. I had one for 10 years and @ 9 lbs it was the lightest I had played. You have a great bass!
  12. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Smells like nitro. Had the red "caution" tag on the case too about waiting 24 hours before opening to avoid finish damage, etc. Spec sheet says nitro. Weird.

    Specification Detail
    Body Type Jazz
    Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
    Number of Strings 4
    Color Natural
    Body Material Ash
    Body Finish Nitrocellulose
    Scale Length 34"
    Number of Frets 20
    Fingerboard Material Maple, 7.25" Radius
    Fingerboard Inlay Black Blocks
    Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
    Neck Shape C
    Nut Width 1.5"
    Bridge/Tailpiece American Vintage '70s Bass with Single Groove Saddles with Chrome Bridge Cover
    Tuners Vintage '70s Fender Stamped Open Gear Tuning Machines
    Number of Pickups 2
    Neck Pickup No Neck Pickup
    Middle Pickup '75 Vintage Jazz Bass Single-Coil Bridge Pickup
    Bridge Pickup '75 Vintage Jazz Bass Single-Coil Bridge Pickup
    Controls 2 x Volume, 1 x Tone
    Strings Fender USA 7250M, (.045-.105)
    Case Included Hardshell
    Manufacturer Part Number 0190302821

  13. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    Specs at zzounds still lists poly
    Series: American Vintage Series

    Body: Ash, (Polyurethane Finish)

    Neck: Maple, '70s 'C' Shape, (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)

    Fingerboard: Maple, Black Binding with Black Block Inlays and Black/White/Black Pickguard, (7.25 in. Radius/184 mm)

    No. of Frets: 20 Vintage Style Frets

    Pickups: 2 x '75 Vintage Jazz Bass Single-Coil Pickups

    - Volume 1. (Neck Pickup),
    - Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone

    Bridge: American Vintage '70s Jazz Bass

    Machine Heads: Vintage '70s "Fender" Stamped Open Gear Tuning Machines

    Hardware: Nickel/Chrome

    Pickguard: 3-Ply Black

    Scale Length: 34 in. (864 mm)

    Width at Nut: 1.50 in. (38mm)

    Unique Features: "Bullet" Truss Rod Adjustment, 3-Bolt Neck Plate with Tilt Adjustment

    Strings: Fender Super Bass 7250ML, NPS,

    Gauges: (.045, .065, .080, .100)

    Accessories: Deluxe Black Hardshell Case (Orange Interior), Strap, Cable, Meguiar's Mist and Wipe Kit

    Case: Deluxe Black Hardshell Case
    Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
    Shipping Weight: 32 lbs
    Shipping Dimensions: 51 x 18 x 6 in
  14. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    That is interesting. Don't know why or when but looks like they did both
  15. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I have a 2000 AV '75 Reissue that I got new in 2000. (I believe 2000 was the 2nd year it was offered.) It's definitely poly. Maybe they switched to nitro the last year it was offered. Sweet basses though, regardless.


  16. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    That could be, mine's a 2012 serial number. Yeah I still would have bought it no matter which finish it had, I knew from past experience with one that I liked these a lot.
  17. cool bass, and yes odd on the nitro.