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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smeet, Apr 19, 2010.
Just saw this in Rick Suchow's interview with Roger Sadowsky, and I found it very interesting:
wow fantastic piece of information!
Very good Cliff Clavin type info!
That makes sense to me. There was never anything in the Fender literature at the time that even mentioned the change, let alone the reason for it. They didn't put out any press, didn't tell the dealers they were moving the pickup, didn't do anything to let anyone know it was happening. And when you look at pictures of basses with the original PUP spacing, you can see part of the routing and the edge of the PUP, depending on the angle.
If they thought it was going to make a sonic difference they'd have trumpeted it in the ads and the NAMM literature. Remember, the reason they went to the big "TV" logo was because a CBS executive saw a Fender instrument on TV, and thought the logo should be larger so it would show up in television (hence the nick-name "TV logo"). It was cosmetics.
Does anyone know if modern standard Jazz's still use the 70's position, or did they go back to the 60's location?
I think the 60s position has been used except for the '75 reissue and the Geddy Lee and Marcus basses.
John Entwistle's Jazz-B does not have that problem:
They went back to '60's position except for various reissues and custom order basses.
Interesting case of synchronicity! I was watching a video about Bluesman Vintage basses and the narrator pointed out how the bridge pickup in the 60's position protrudes a little out of the cover and that it was moved under the cover to 'improve' the look. I've wondered why, but never knew until now...
How much of a difference is there in the measurements?
The 70's Jazz bridge pickup is 3/8" closer to the bridge from the 60's.