2011 Fender Jazz Bass

Got this from a used guitar store in Portland, OR, in 2012 as a way to start making music again after having sold almost all of my gear about 10 years earlier.

Fender’s American Standard Jazz Bass scored a giant bass hit with its introduction in 1960. With its sleek offset body; thin, fast neck and rich, growling tone, it was a raring, roaring race car of a bass that quickly established itself as a must-have instrument. The new American Standard Jazz Bass is an even finer instrument; a modern interpretation of a classic built for modern players. Features include a high-mass vintage bridge, Fender Custom Shop ’60s Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, thinner finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, improved Fender tuners that are 30 percent lighter while keeping the classic look, richer and deeper neck tint for a more elegant appearance, great-looking rosewood fingerboard, satin neck back for smooth playability and Fender Tolex case. 

  • Modern C-shape maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Standard 4-bolt neck plate
  • Posiflex graphite neck support rods
  • Fender Custom Shop ’60s Jazz Bass single-coil pickups
  • Chrome hardware
  • High Mass Vintage bridge (Strings-Thru-Body or Topload)
  • Includes Fender SKB case

I traded my 1966 Gibson B-25-12N for it, and threw in a couple of hundred dollars.

I used this Jazz Bass on almost all of the recordings since 2012 on awryrecords.bandcamp.com, specifically these:

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The B-25 acoustic can be heard on a few of the Weedo Mood Duo recordings, specifically “Old Car“.

A somewhat sad note about the B-25, I had that guitar since I was about 15 years old. I used it to play in the church band, next to the nuns. I also took a dremel and carved a squiggly line at the base of the neck one winter on the back porch because I was bored. Then I carved a face on the top where a pickup selector switch would be on a Les Paul. Several years later I sanded the face off the top and covered it with shellack. It pretty much sat under my bed for more than 10 years and I felt like someone should be using it, so I wasn’t that sad to see it go. Plus, it turned into the Jazz.

4 thoughts on “2011 Fender Jazz Bass

  1. Hahaha, I don’t remember a carved face in the chibson or the squiggly line for that matter. How many guitars have you carved things into? You should carve a face into the Luxe Paul.

  2. I hadn’t heard some of those srvcbl songs before. There’s some good stuff in there.

  3. I like them, too. If you thought that about any of the unfinished ones, feel free to add a vocal or whatever. I hate how they are languishing.

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