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Why did Fender switch away from stacked Jazz bass controls?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BIGEJ2, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Title pretty much sums it up. I did a search and didn't find anything. Anyone know why Fender switched from stack knobs to the current three knob configuration?
  2. Southway

    Southway So ugly, he made a train take a gravel road

    Jul 26, 2009
    Lake of the Ozarks
    Don't know but it's probably cheaper to use two standard pots that they use on other stuff and the same knob as well. Makes it quicker for the parts pickers. Lower cost, fewer unique inventory items.
  3. Ragoo


    Oct 14, 2011
    Richardson, Texas
    Definitely for the costs. While I would love to have two volumes and two tones for my Jazz, it's prohibitively expensive in comparison to standard pots.
  4. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    If what I have read about Leo Fender is true, then money is the reason.
  5. jastacey


    Feb 8, 2009
  6. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    Purely cost. I'm surprised concentric pots were used in the first place. One pot gets worn out, dirty beyond cleaning, or damaged, and you have to change two pots.
  7. Cost. Not just the pots, but also the machined tone knobs. There were also resistors in the circuit, which adds time to assembly as well.
  8. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Very informative. Thanks so much!
  9. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    The first prototype Jazz Bass was VVT, then when CLF put the bass into production he went to stacked knobs. Interesting that his financial logic worked backwards on this; I guess he must have had a relapse as he went back to VVT in late '61/early '62.
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