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Replacing my '71 Fender Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ace666, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. Ace666


    Feb 24, 2015
    After 40+ years and a lot of not so hot luthiers attentions I need and deserve a new Fender bass to supplement my '71 Jazz. I thought I had it nailed with the Fender Select Jazz bass but sadly it is discontinued.

    So, put yourself in my position, it has to be a Fender Jazz bass and money is no object. Which one do I buy?

    Many thanks for your input.

  2. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Why not go Custom Shop if money is no object?
  3. Ace666


    Feb 24, 2015
    Jim, I'm UK and a little unfamiliar with Custom Shop. Will Fender custom shop build to requirements? - I understood there were just 'set' models available - in any event can I buy direct from Fender?



    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78! Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    Late model American Standard Jazz-Excellent quality. Fit and finish has greatly improved and worth checking out.
    The newer American Vintage series has some really nice stuff.

    If money is no object I would also consider Fender Custom shop stuff-master built -they build to order I believe.
  5. Ace666


    Feb 24, 2015
    Thanks Root - I've accessed the Fender site and are getting up to speed on Custom stuff

  6. nerkoids

    nerkoids Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    That Adam Clayton one looks purty nice.
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  7. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    The Fender Custom Shop "builds dreams." They will do anything you ask of them, just be prepared to pay for it. The only things they will not do are illegal.
  8. 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
    I found a Fender Custom Shop Jazz, an early 60's relic, for ~$3400 out the door. It is one of the pre-built instruments, not a special order by me, and was built by two builders, aka, "team-built." Whatever. I love the instrument, and it has pretty much taken over all the passive 4-string work I do, which is a nice way to say I prefer playing it above just about everything I have. I have had it over a year, and still pick it up first.

    It stands head and shoulders above any other Jazz I've had, which includes a '69, a 2001 '60s classic, and a couple of very nice Road Worn Jazzes ('08 and '11). I considered an MIA standard Jazz. They are very very good. I played one against the CS relic, and also compared the relic to my best Road Worn. There was a clear tonal difference, and I used the same amp in the same room, with the same weight fresh (Fender) strings.

    Find a Custom Shop dealer in the UK, if you can.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Don't forget to check out the new American Vintage series. They aren't cheap, but they are pretty exceptional. If money isn't a concern I would also agree with the custom shop route. Killer basses.
  10. SamJ

    SamJ Founder - Fender MIA Club

    Apr 22, 2006
    PDX / SFO / HNL
    Fender custom shop is your friend.... Left is Masterbuilt (about $5K street price), and the right is "Team Built" about $3K street price

  11. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006

    This. I would go with the '74 Jazz Bass.
    American Vintage '74 Jazz BassĀ® | Fender Bass Guitars
  12. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006

    Or this ^ :)
  13. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Sure you just don't have to pay extra for that? ;)
  14. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
  15. Ace666


    Feb 24, 2015
    Thank you all Gentlemen, USA certainly contains some polite, informed and helpful Fender bass enthusiasts. Bedtime now in the UK for me but I look forward to reading any further responses on the morrow. I thank you for your guidance.

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  16. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Well, I'm none of those things, that's for the other posters! :) Sleep well, and dream of Fender Custom Shop basses!
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  17. radioface


    May 2, 2013
    Fender American Standard or American Deluxe are the way to go.
  18. joel406


    Dec 27, 2013
    I just bought a American Standard (new) about 2 weeks ago.

    For me it has become "the one" I have been looking for since 1974.

    You've got a lot of great suggestions here and if I could have gone Custom Shop I probably would have. But I have always drool over the tobacco sunburst finish and the Am Std I got has the best one I've ever seen (in real life). That with the awesome neck and CS60 pickups that thing has turned into my dream bass. And it's stock. Probably going to stay that way.

    Good luck I'm sure you will find what you're looking for.
  19. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    If you need any help ....i'm happy to help if you need to ship something from America!
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2015
  20. Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Apr 16, 2001
    That Team Build burst with block inlays is mighty nice looking! I wish they offered block inlays as an option for the passive American Standard J's.

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