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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lowdownthump, Jan 14, 2020.
Any idea what years /era this Fender Jazz Bass might be that Meshelle is playing here?
“I use a ’74 Fender Jazz with flatwounds, and an Olympic; there’s a lot of Olympic bass on the record.“
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Hmmm. Isn’t a 74 blind and blocked?
I knew she mentioned a 74 in interviews and have seen her play what fits the description.
But this appears to be something earlier , unless she did a neck swap?
You are right! The bass in the video is not a '74 Jazz!
The neck is not bound and blocked, the logo is not the big C logo.
A '74 Jazz also should have short neck tuners without rivets!
The bass in the video has the smaller "transition logo" and it is (as far as I can see in the video) a one piece logo.
The "offset contour body" part is not separated => older than '64.
The tuners are clover type long necks with rivets => Fender (CBS) stopped using this type in the mid 60s!
Back in the 90's - early 00's she played 63/64 Jazz with a stripped body finish a lot. This might be it with a refinished body at some point since. Unless she picked up another one.
Thanks for the post. Based on the last 2 replies , I’m thinking mid to late 60’s .
No, not late 60's either. It has to be early 65 or older. Neck binding came out in '66, and block inlays came out just a few months later in Spring of 66, so it's not a late 60's one.
You beat me to it!
You guys scare me!
I assume she said "Alembic" and the interviewer misheard it as "Olympic." But if there is such a thing as an Olympic bass, it sounds interesting.
Would be interesting to see a list of all the basses she has been seen with.
It's going to be quite a long list, I recon.
I figured the same, but I left well enough alone...
Every interview she gives her gear is always changing. I've seen her mention early 60s ones, etc. Modulus, Surine, etc.
Her view was something that she doesn't want to be defined by a particularly sound, but a particular feel. And these are just all different paint brushes and colors.
Whatever she plays though, always sounds so good, I can't stand it. She's one of a kind.
I agree . But when I think Meshelle I think sunburst Jazz Bass and flats!!
If it is a non altered vintage JB it has to be earlier than mid '64. The decal has "Contour Body" at the end of the decal. After that it was at the "ball" of the headstock. It has VVT controls so I'd say the bass is made between late '62-mid '64. If you could see if its has a slab or curved fretboard, you could date it even more precise.
And that's the 64 she just seem to often use! Those flats sound SO good.
Looks like '62 to '65. Three knob started late 61 , reverse tuners appear pre-CBS, looks likes a slab board which switched to curved board by mid sixties.
I just realized that I’m such an @-hole...I didn’t even look at the bass in the video and just looked for a gear list somewhere. I should ban myself from TB...
No harm done. It’s the thought that counts .