They said it would never happen, but here it is! Yes, Fender has finally released a true 24-fret Jazz Bass and it’s a beauty that was well worth waiting for. Can you feel that positive energy? Go ahead, hand out the party favors! Everything starts with a nicely figured quilted maple top over a solid alder body, two Seymour Duncan Bassline single-coil pickups and then the trademark Fender blonde maple neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard. The onboard Duncan-designed BEQ3 electronics are active (they run off a single 9-volt battery) with a 3-band EQ, “slap” and mid-scoop switch. Other nice upgrades include the Hipshot-licensed tuning machines and a specially designed five-bolt neck plate.
As you probably know, Fender doesn’t usually get involved with the whole “figured top” thing, but obviously they realized this is a unique instrument, so it required some unique features not normally found on their other models, which explains the figured tops. They’re available right now in both Cherry Sunburst and Tobacco Burst, two of the most popular finishes of all time. The deep, rich stains are protected by several layers of polyurethane, buffed to a perfect jewel-like gloss. The maple neck is finished in a specially formulated satin polyurethane. But above all, the one feature that stands out as the most extraordinary is the $699.99 price tag! Yes, you might expect to see a “one” in front of those numbers, but Fender has once again found a way to deliver a stunning product at a price that’s within reach of most musicians. Bass players on a budget (or even those who aren’t) really need to check these out in our awesome new Guitar Gallery!