Unknown Fender bass from Fender website

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pauler1976, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Hi all,

    I was looking at colours on the Fender website and came across a bass I had not seen before. It looks like a Blacktop series, but when I looked at the models offered, I could not find it.

    Any idea as to what kind this is and where it is available? I really liked the pickguard and ADG string retainer on the headstock! :bassist:

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  2. bassie12


    Aug 23, 2008
    Roscoe Beck signature four string.
  3. Wow that was quick! Thanks so much for the response. I'll have to look into these a little more I recon.
  4. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    That's a Roscoe Beck Jazz. Been discontinued since the mid 2000's. They made both a 4 and 5 string. By all accounts it's one of the best Fender's ever made. Be nice if they'd bring it back but that's pretty unlikely.

    Some more info here:

  5. Thanks ahc! I'll head on over to the thread. Too bad they are no longer in production.. They look killer.

  6. And it's a damn shame, too. What in the hell are they thinkin'?:rollno:
  7. Oh for sure, wonder why they still have it on their website then if they were discontinued 10+ years ago?

    Either way, even if I could find one used, I dont think I could afford one, considering how scarce and revered they seem to be.
  8. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
  9. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8 Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    It is kind of weird that Fender discontinued a very good original design, but I'm sure the sales weren't great compared to the Precisions and Jazz Basses that they make most of their money with. I bet if any other bass company had released the same bass, it would be one of their bigger sellers.
  10. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    WOW!! I would buy one of these in a 5er for sure. Curious on the sound though. Is it very aggressive?
  11. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
  12. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    Check the TB classifieds. Usually see them for much less... 1250 - 1350.
  13. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I just picked up a 5-stringer in the classifieds for $1350.

    Really nice bass. BIG neck and a bit heavy, but feels good. The whole bass feels and sounds big and fat. Is it aggressive? I feel it is, but not like a Geddy Lee. It's very big sounding, not the brightest bass in the world. It was designed to sound like a 60's jazz bass in the single coil mode. It does, but it's not as bright as a real 60's jazz. It can also get some nice humbucker tones, a bit like a passive Stingray.

    Oh yeah, and by FAAAAR the best B string I've heard or felt on a Fender.