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Even those of us that are not actually bass players were hugely impressed by this new release from the Fender Custom Shop. It’s officially called the Custom Classic Jazz Bass IV. Right now, we’ve got one of these basses with a totally jaw-dropping highly figured ash body in a finish the company calls Transparent Ebony. Then we have a gorgeous one in a new finish that Fender calls Transparent Bing Cherry. The bottom line is that this is a beautiful instrument – who knew ash could look this good! The neck is built of quarter-sawn maple (just like they used to make them), with a comfortable “C” shape and a polished satin urethane finish. The premium rosewood fingerboard has 21 medium-jumbo frets and gorgeous white shell block inlays. It has a string-through or top-load bridge with a steel bridge plate and chrome-plated, milled solid brass saddles along with Fender/Schaller deluxe lightweight tuners. A 4-ply white pearloid pickguard adds a nice finishing touch.

If that were all, you’d have one beautiful bass guitar, but although this is officially called a “Classic,” it’s actually more of a 2008 model. because when it comes down to the electronics, none of these were available when the Jazz Bass first made its appearance in 1960. First off, it’s equipped with a pair of Custom Noiseless Jazz Bass pickups, a master volume, and pickup pan pot. Then Fender adds a cutting edge 18-volt 3-band active EQ system. What all that means is that unlike the 1960s, when pretty much everyone played a Fender bass, these new versions are much more versatile. Using the onboard controls, it’s a cinch to dial in the perfect sound for a specific song or that sounds good through your particular bass amplifier. Plus, the slimmer waist contour and deeper cutaways allow for easier access to the upper registers of the 21-fret fingerboard. Of course, this Masterbuilt Strat includes a deluxe plush-lined case and absolutely free shipping direct to your doorstep via FedEx.

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