Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass - 3-Color Sunburst

4-string Electric Bass with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Urethane-coated Slab-cut Fretless Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - 3-color Sunburst
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A Bit of the Jaco Magic in This Signature Bass

The Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass pays tribute to the hugely influential bassist and his unique playing style along with his equally unique bass. There are many stories about how Jaco's favored fretless Jazz Bass became the bass that's represented here, but one thing's for sure - every aspect of this bass contributed to Jaco's signature sound. His fusion of R&B, rock, jazz, classical, and Caribbean music inspired countless bassists to take their playing to the next level, and the Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass Fretless brings a touch of Jaco to bassists everywhere.

Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass at a Glance:
  • Body
  • Neck
  • A tribute to a master

The select alder body is loaded with a pair of vintage Jazz Bass Single-coil pickups and shrouded in Jaco's 3-color sunburst nitrocellulose finish. The traditional Jazz Bass control knobs have been replaced by beefier knurled chrome P Bass knobs. The neck joint is adorned with a special Jaco Tribute neck plate. Jaco's personal Jazz Bass was devoid of a pickguard, and the Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass is, as well, though it ships with a 4-ply brown shell pickguard (unmounted, but included in the case).

Much of the mythos surrounding Jaco's original Jazz Bass (dubbed the "Bass of Doom") is exactly what did he do to the neck during the fretted-to-fretless conversion? The widely held belief is that he ripped the frets out and patched the holes that remained with wood filler, and then coated the fingerboard with several coats of marine epoxy to withstand the use of roundwound strings. This Fender re-creation of the "Bass of Doom" sports tidier white inlaid fretline markers in place of the suspected wood filler and the side dot position markers are centered between the fretlines. The Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass ships with Fender Stainless Steel Flatwound strings.

A tribute to the master
From the pickguardless body to the modified fretless neck, every detail of the "Bass of Doom" is painstakingly re-created here. Few bassists have left a mark as profound as Jaco Pastorius, with his ring of influence crossing all genres and barriers and inspiring legions of players to pick up the bass. The Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass is a fitting tribute to this masterful player, whose playing is heralded as some of the best the world has ever seen.

Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Features:
  • Color: 3-Color Sunburst (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
  • Body: Select Alder
  • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape, (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Urethane Coated, Slab Cut
  • Fretless, 20 Inlaid White Fretline Markers
  • Pickups: 2 Vintage Jazz Bass Single-coil Pickups
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone
  • Bridge: American Vintage Jazz Bass
  • Machine Heads: Vintage Style Reverse Tuning Machines
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Brown Shell (Unmounted, Ships In the Case)
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Width at Nut: 1.50"
  • Knurled Chrome P Bass Knobs
  • Special Jaco Tribute Neck Plate
  • Side Dot Position Markers are Centered Between the Fretlines
  • Strings: Stainless Steel Flatwound
  • Accessories: Deluxe Brown Hardshell Case, Strap, Cable

Fender honors the life and music of a true legend with the Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass.
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Jazz
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color 3-color Sunburst
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 7.25" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets Fretless
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.50"
Bridge/Tailpiece American Vintage Jazz Bass Bridge
Tuners Vintage Style Reverse Tuning Machines
Number of Pickups 2
Middle Pickup Vintage Jazz Bass Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Vintage Jazz Bass Single-coil
Controls 2 x Volume, 1 x Tone
Strings Stainless Steel Flatwound 9050M, (.055-.105)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0196208800

Customer Reviews

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Don't pass this up.

I have had mine for a few weeks now and couldn't be happier with my purchase. I am hesitant to ship any guitar in the mail but when mine came in my worries were put to rest, the packaging was done wonderfully and all worries that something may have happened during shipping were put to rest. The guitar is flawless and so was the case it came with, anyone looking to get a fretless bass should pick this up as its one of if not the best choice you have. The fingerboard plays like a dream and then neck is buttery smooth. I would like to give a special thanks to Matt Fuller ext.1284 for all of his assistance in the process of getting this beautiful bass.

Great Work Fender!

My expectations for music gear are extremely high so I'm going to make this a short review. The Jaco bass exceeded all expectations. Fit, finish and playability were off-the-charts. As one other reviewer stated, you cannot put it down. So easy to play and I lover the flat wounds. I have three other basses all with round wounds so having a fretless with flats was perfect for me. The price, IMO, was very reasonable given what I received. Right out of the box it plays perfect. And for me, that's really saying something. I didn't even feel the need to change the strings like I automatically do on any guitar I purchase. If you've been on the fence about getting the Jaco then just do it. Great work Fender.
Music background: Serious Hobbyist

The weather is good.

Fender Jazz basses, in general, are all decent instruments. It really takes a special something for a Jazz bass to stick out of the crowd. The Jaco bass does just that. The smoothness and playability of this bass really sets it out from everyday Jazz basses. The tone of this fretless beast is outstanding. Fender even went the extra mile to make the whole apperance of the bass look and feel like a NOS vintage bass. The weather report on this bass is looking good.
Music background: Hobbyist

Danger: Addictive!

This being my first fretless, I do not have any right to make comparisons. But all I know is that it makes a beginner sound awesome. And I can't stop playing it. Everything feels natural and inviting. Of course, I bought it so I might someday approach the articulation of its namesake. As it plays, those expressive sounds come out almost spontaneously at times. This casts the magical thought that someday you too could have a voice like Jaco's, and hopefully your own. Add to that the personalized service from Sweetwater, and the experience has been without par.
Music background: Musician, composer, producer

fast and beautiful

Stunning appearance and the neck is perfect. I am still getting used to the reverse tuners but don't use them too much as it stays in tune very well. Pretty amazing tone adjustments considering its all passive. Perfect balance.
Music background: 35 year bassist
See also: Fretless, Fender, Fender 4-string Bass Guitars, Fender Fretless Basses