Fender American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass - 3 Color Sunburst

Electric Bass with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - 3-color Sunburst
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Fender American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass - 3 Color Sunburst
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Period-correct Feel and Vibe

The Fender American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass is vintage through and through, sporting a classic offset body, lightweight alder construction, and "ash tray" pickup cover. This bass's full, balanced tone is beautifully complemented by a pair of versatile single-coil pickups. A comfortably slim C-shaped neck topped with a laminated-rosewood fretboard ensures authentic playability. The bold, sought-after tone of a '60s J Bass can be yours. The bassists here at Sweetwater love the period-correct feel and vibe of this bass guitar. Pick up a Fender American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass and discover for yourself!

Fender American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass Solidbody Electric Bass at a Glance:
  • Panstaking vintage accuracy graces this guitar
  • Original neck shape with laminated-rosewood fretboard offers authentic feel
  • The magic of Fender's American Vintage series
Panstaking vintage accuracy graces this guitar

For the American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass, Fender tracked down several of the original '64s and exhaustively analyzed them to ensure a painstaking level of vintage accuracy. Every facet of the original instruments - including minute details such as curves, perimeters, radii and more - was examined, measured, evaluated, and ultimately incorporated into the American Vintage '64 J Bass. What you see in this remarkable guitar is more than the sum of its parts. It's a highly playable, eminently musical-sounding re-creation of an iconic instrument that changed music forever.

Original neck shape with laminated-rosewood fretboard offers authentic feel

The Fender American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass sports a slimmer C-shaped maple neck and a rounded-rosewood laminate fretboard. Fender moved away from the "slab" style of fingerboards in 1962, because they had a tendency to split from the neck due to humidity changes. The rounded laminate method minimized the differences in the way the two woods contracted, but it was far more costly, as the single piece of rosewood had to be hand contoured to perfectly fit the neck. By painstakingly recreating this process Fender ensured that the American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass would give you the same feel and sound as an original 1964 Jazz Bass.

The magic of Fender's American Vintage series

Since its introduction in the early 1980s, Fender's American Vintage series has been the go-to source for the last word in original-era model year guitars and basses. With today's American Vintage basses, Fender has gone back to the drawing board with new features, new specs and the most fanatical level of vintage accuracy yet. They've restored original tooling dies, voiced new pickups, reformulated vintage colors, and more - based on actual vintage instruments. From its flawless vintage looks, to its impeccable tone and playing feel, there's pure magic in the Fender American Vintage '64 Jazz Master!

Fender American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass Solidbody Electric Bass Features:
  • A vintage-reproduction Jazz Bass that looks, plays, and feels like an original
  • Slim C-shaped maple neck
  • Laminated rosewood fretboard sports 20 vintage-style frets
  • New American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass pickups
  • Pickup and bridge covers
  • Strap buttons on the back of the headstock
  • Lower-mounted finger rest

Tone, playability, and looks come together in the Fender American Vintage '64 Jazz Master!
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 Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Laminated rosewood, 7.25" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20 vintage style frets
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.48"
Bridge/Tailpiece American Vintage Bass Bridge, Threaded Barrel Saddles
Tuners American Vintage reverse open gear
Number of Pickups 2
Middle Pickup American Vintage Single-coil '64 Jazz Bass
Bridge Pickup American Vintage Single-coil '64 Jazz Bass
Controls 2 x volume, 1 x tone
Strings Fender USA Bass 7250M, (.045-.105)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0191020800

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Awesome pickups. Great neck. Excellent Sustain.

I have had this bass now for about 3 months and I am loving it. I play in a Rock/Pop cover band in the Los Angeles area. My main amp is the Hartke LH1000 and their HyDrive 410 cabinet. I also play it through an acoustic b15 practice amp.Comparing this bass to my Squire vmj jaco style fretless with EMG jax pickups: The 64 jazz reissue has a completely different feel to it. The neck is stiffer, thinner and plays very fast. The fingerboard radius of 7.5" is very comfortable but requires some getting used to because a lighter touch is required. There is a much better overall resonance and sustain to this bass. The pickups are at least as 'clear' sounding as the EMG JAX active pickups with an excellent tonal range and the absolute lowest noise that I have ever heard from a passive single coil pickup. The volume output is also exceptionally strong for passive pickups. The first thing that I did when I received this bass was to remove the pickup and bridge covers. I found it to be a little awkward playing this bass with them attached. The sound dramatically improves on this bass once the foam mute is removed from the bridge cover. It seems that foam mute would cause some unusual harmonics to occur. Once the bridge cover is removed, the sound really improves although it does reveal the copper grounding strip from the bridge pickup to the bridge.In terms of the action and setup when it arrived: The neck relief was exactly within the fender specs. I checked this with a feeler gauge. The pickup height needed some minor adjustment that was due to my playing style. The bridge saddle heights were consistent with the neck's radius but I made some adjustment to prevent string buzz to suit my style. In general, I was able get a very low action on this without any truss rod adjustments.The internal electronics look pretty much the same as a vintage 1964 jazz with the cloth covered wires, ceramic capacitors and brass grounding plate in the bottom of the control cavity.I am able to get a very diverse range of sounds from the classic mid range growl to a 'hi-fi' scooped sound when using both pickups and the treble all the way up. It's also pretty easy to get that classic Jaco style staccato, trebly sound when playing just in front of and on top of the bridge pickup. The appearance of this bass has all the vintage authenticity and appeal of a real '64 jazz.
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