Which Fender Jazz Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mesaphlin, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    Hello everyone,

    I just would like to purchase a Fender Jazz Bass but I am not sure which one I should buy?

    An old vintage 1972 Fender Jazz Bass or a new Fender 1974 Jazz bass which Fender just released?

    What are your opinions about it?

    And also, people say that the vintage jazz basses have dead notes ( well maybe on some of them ) You think the Fender Company solved this dead note problems on the new Fender 74 Jazz Basses?

  2. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef is modulating in time. Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Southern California
    It depends on the individual instruments. Lots of vintage basses are great players, and so are lots of newer basses. And there are bad ones from every era including the present. Dead spots can happen on any bass, regardless of age. Actual dead notes (where it's fretting out) can be fixed.. sometimes with an easy adjustment, sometimes with a fret leveling, sometimes with a re-fret. If a vintage or newly made bass has playability issues, take that into consideration when you offer a price.. or just move on to one that plays better.
  3. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Like thebrain stated, they may both be good individually. I don't know if it's possible to have both basses in the same room w/a nice amp - if so one will shine brighter for you once you A/B them. It's going to be hard to make a call otherwise.
  4. Makatak


    Apr 13, 2002
    New Zealand
    A 72 jazz?, did you win the lottery? They are pretty rare and expensive, here anyway. Id say go for the vintage, cant lose.
  5. Eric66


    Sep 23, 2013
    The Netherlands
    The dead note problems are certainly not solved on new Fender basses.
  6. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    No they're not. The 70's Jazzes are actually still pretty affordable (with some exceptions). When you get pre-1969, things can get pretty darn expensive but a Jazz from, say, 1972 or later is mostly not too costly.
  7. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    If you have the chance to buy a 1972 (please test if first) go for it. Great bass and good investment.