Greetings All! I can't really call this a "New Bass Day" since I've had this for a couple of weeks, so let's call it an "Unveiling". Part One is a 2012, Mexican-made Fender Classic Series '70s Jazz Bass, or as I like to call it, "That '70s Jazz Bass". Part II can be found here. To spare the literarily disinclined and downright uninterested in the "hows and whys", it'll be pics first, basic reporting second and then story-time. Eventually I'll take the film off the pickguard, but for now it's just an extra layer of protection. The pics show it sporting a set of DR Black Beauties, but for some reason this particular set doesn't sound as good as other BB's I've used (go fig, huh?!), so I'm trying out D'Addario's new Flexsteel strings. I'll report back on those later, but at first glance they really compliment the vintage-style pickups and their '70s placement… lots of growl and snarl, which is just the way I like it. Ergonomically speaking, it feels great in my hands. It weighs in at exactly nine pounds and the fit and finish is excellent. Everything moves and adjusts the way they're supposed to. I was a little worried about the truss rod because the previous owner had a lot of relief on the neck, even for me and I like my action a little higher than normal. Fortunately, it looks like my fears were unfounded. The frets and board are in great condition and the block inlays have this really cool swirly-ness about them …more like marbling than pearlescence. (see pic#4) I'm no expert when it comes to wood but it almost looks like it's a single slab. That or they did an excellent job of either bookending the pieces or veneering over multiple pieces. All in all, it looks, feels and sound fantastic! Now for the boring stuff, so gather 'round the fireplace, kiddies! The Dilemma Like many here, I found I had too many basses, or at least, way more than any hobby-bassist would need. Until recently, I had six basses of different models and configurations, but two among them were both Jazzes. One was a decent Squier Standard (awesome walnut satin finish, by the way) and a really damn good Classic Vibe. So I decided to put both of them towards one, single Jazz bass. After much deliberation and a little bit o' research, I decided that a Fender '70s Jazz would meet all my requirements, especially where my specific criteria were concerned. The Hunt Although I may be a mere hobbyist, I've learned what I prefer, and in this case it's … A Jazz neck with a tight fretboard radius. Anything flatter than a 9.5" radius was an instant deal-breaker which rules out a lot of models. I am admittedly a fan of Fender/Squier basses, so that narrowed down the search even more. I can neither afford, nor justify, a hugely expensive bass. So with all these in mind, my quest to find a '70s Jazz began, but finding one was not going to be easy. Virtually no store in my considerable stomping grounds had one in stock and I wanted to make an informed decision. Sure, there were a few threads and posts here on TB about them, but none would offer any guarantee on how it would feel in my own hands. However, after several weeks my near-constant searching finally bore fruit. Opportunity! On a random search of Guitar Center's used database, I finally found the best opportunity yet… a used '70s Jazz at the Springfield, NJ location, which was right at the edge of my usual travel routes. Not only was the price right (over $300 less than it's brand-new street price), but it also came with the SKB hardshell case pictured above at no extra cost! One phone call later and I'd secured it with an initial layaway payment. The only thing keeping me from driving the mere two hours to check it out and make my final decision was that damnable cold virus running around. Resolution Once I'd recovered from my untimely illness and went back north for work, I traveled the short distance to the Springfield location with my two Squier Jazzes in tow. After a lengthy inspection and chatting/haggling with the very patient employees there, I traded in both my J's, paid the outstanding remainder and violá …where there were two, now there is one and it is quite the excellent piece of work! Later, I took it to my local Guitar Center for a proper set-up. (Fun fact: According to the guitar tech, a used bass bought from them can get a set-up for half off, so about $30.) And that draws my story to a close. If you actually managed to get through all this dreary exposition without falling asleep at your desk, I say unto thee, "Well done! Have a cookie!"