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 received three of these basses with a totally jaw-dropping highly-figured ash body in a finish the company calls Transparent Ebony. 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, 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 when it comes down to the electronics, none of which 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.