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Fender Road Worn 60s Jazz Bass - 3-Color Sunburst Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • from long island city,newyork April 13, 2013Music Background:
    musician

    Best Jazz bass from Fender these days

    Could not believe it untill I played.The scratched worn look at first threw me off,but once I played it,it was the best playing fender jazz ive came across.To me it played better than a fender american standard,or any others ive played minus a pre cbs jazz..The neck on this thing is like butter.Give it a little set up,and bam!

  • from Sant Clarita CA November 30, 2015Music Background:
    Pro Producer, Arranger, Composer, Music Director, Bassist

    Super Nice Bass!

    I really, really love this Road Worn Jazz Bass. This is probably the best bass that Fender makes at its plant in Mexico. I also own Fender's Marcus Miller J Bass and Mustang Bass from the Japanese plant, a T-Bucket Acoustic Bass from the plant in China, and an American Deluxe Dimension 5 string.

    I was interested in the Road Worn Jazz because of its reported noticeably lighter weight than my Marcus Miller J Bass, and also the good reviews it got for its vintage vibe in both feel and sound.

    And after owning it for a couple of weeks, my professional opinion is that this is a truly great bass. In fact, this bass is becoming my main everyday bass.

    As advertised, it comes nicely aged, with a smooth and well-played feel. But I did take off a 1/2 point, because the frets on the treble side of the neck all needed filing to make them as smooth as my other Fenders, and I also upgraded the pickups from the included "Vintage Style" pickups to the real deal, the "Fender Pure Vintage '64 Jazz Bass Pickups". I did this not because there was anything wrong with the stock pickups, but simply because I already absolutely love those Pure Vintage 64's, (they were on sale for 50% off!) and wanted this bass to have the best vintage vibe it could, without costing the $3,700 of an NOS Custom shop relic.

    In terms of bang for your buck, you really can't go wrong here, unless the "Made in Mexico" decal on the back of the neck is going to bother you. But really, please don't let it. I know so many guys who've made their whole living playing MIM basses and just keep cashing the checks.

    This is a super nice bass.

  • from June 6, 2013Music Background:
    Bass Player for 40+ years

    As old school as a new bass can be

    The "Road Worn" 60s Jazz bass really nails the "vintage" sound in a way my other 2 Jazz basses just don't. I'm not necessarily a fan of the "relic" look, but what I look for in a bass is sound and playability and this bass has both. The workmanship is great, the sound is warm and round but you can still get plenty of grind and top end if you want it. Overall a great purchase and I'm very happy with it. Shipping was fast and free too, so a win, win all around.

  • from vt July 8, 2012Music Background:
    bassist 40 years +

    best jazz

    the whole road worn concept never made sense to me until i played 1 of these and bought it immediately. if you want old school tone w/o spending $$thousands..then this is the bass. i have pre-cbs but this is my stage bass now. put on some flats and deliver the goods. this is the real early fender jazz tone right here for far less $ than vintage. it's simple and it works, and i am as fussy as they come. i never leave home w/o it.

Reviews

  • Mark Stein
    3-10-2009

    Like a lot of players I know, I'd always hoped to come across an old Fender that had that "old school" look and sound. When Fender introduced their Road Worn series, a 3-color sunburst Jazz caught my eye. Could this be it?

    The first thing that struck me was that this bass looked like it had some serious road time to its credit. The finish is faded, chipped, and worn in all the places you'd expect, and right down to the hardware, this baby has character! The back of the neck has that comfortable broken-in feel. The tuners felt tight, smooth, and easy to turn; they felt like they weren't going to slip anytime soon.

    I plugged into an Ampeg combo with everything set flat. The Jazz has a wider range of sounds than Fender's P-Bass. I normally run both pickups wide open or roll the neck pickup down 15/25% and when I did, I got that throaty midrange I had hoped was there. This bass growled when I dug in. Both pickups wide open produce a good slap tone, and when I backed off the neck pickup and added a little bass on the Ampeg, the sound grew warmer. Soloing the neck pickup produced the P-Bass throaty punch I was looking for.

    Wanting to see what it would do on stage, I headed for my favorite blues jam. My buddies thought I'd found a pawnshop prize when they saw it! First some SRV and the bass cut through the harp, keyboard and guitar; I could hear it compliment the bass drum. I soloed the neck pickup for a slow Blues and the bottom was rich and dark. Playing over the fretboard produced a nice open woody tone and when I dug in over the pickup, I got a few grins.

    With both pickups wide open, I launched Sly's "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin" and that low E was massive! I will be adding this bass and giving my 5-string a little rest.

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