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Leo Fender invented the electric bass (with a little help from his friends), so you’d expect a Fender reissue model to capture all the features found on the original, along with that special “mojo” we talk about here on occassion. The ’64 Time Machine Jazz Bass NOS is exactly what the name implies: It looks like you set your time machine for 1964 and came back with this beauty. It’s a guitar that was hanging in that little corner music store when you (or even your dad or mom) was just a little kid looking up at all the jewel-like instruments lining the walls. These collectible models are built to the exacting standards of the original, right down to the slinky body contours and the trademark Fender maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard – the way Fender made them in ’64.

There may be a bit of confusion regarding the three “Time Machine” finishes. The NOS (for “New Old Stock”) looks like it’s brand new. Maybe bought in ’64 and carefully stored where it would stay in pristine condition. A Closet Classic is made to look like a guitar that’s been played, but not abused. There might be a little wear and the finish might be checked but overall in good shape. A Relic, well that’s the guitar that’s (to put it nicely) been around the block a time or two – okay, more likely two hundred! It has nicks, scrapes, and wear and tear you’d expect from an instrument that’s been played day after day, gig after gig, year after year. Today’s particular mmodel is in the 3-color sunburst, with an alder body, chrome hardware, a 4-ply tortoise pickguard and the brown textured vinyl case, strap and genuine Fender cable. The nitrocellulose lacquer will also age beautifully. You deserve this one!

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