Fretless basses deliver a tone that’s more in keeping with what you’d expect from those huge upright acoustic basses everyone used until Leo Fender invented the electric bass. Originally, in order to have a fretless bass, players like the late Jaco Pastorius had to pry the frets out of the fingerboard, then fill in the gaps and add a clear coat. If that doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, you’ll be happy to know such radical steps are no longer necessary, because Fender is building a complete line of fretless basses like this one, the American Jazz Bass Fretless. The distinctive, solid alder, offset body shape is combined with a graphite-reinforced maple neck with a modern “C” shape and a rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges and 20 inlaid white position markers, making intonation a breeze.
The electronics of the J-Bass Fretless are something special, too, consisting of two American Jazz Bass single-coil pickups (in the middle and bridge positions) along with two volume controls, one tone control, and Fender’s revolutionary S-1 switching for as much tonal versatility as you can handle. Chrome hardware, a 3-ply parchment pickguard and a string-through-body bridge complete the package. Currently we have the Three-Color Sunburst and Flat Black finishes in stock. In keeping with contemporary tastes, the trademark maple neck comes with a satin polyurethane finish. Naturally, this instrument comes with a standard Fender molded case.