Fender American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass - 3 Color Sunburst

Solidbody Electric Bass with Alder Body, U-shaped Maple Neck, Laminated-rosewood Fingerboard, Two Single-coil Pickups, and Hardshell Case - 3-color Sunburst
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Fender American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass - 3 Color Sunburst
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Fender's American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass!

When you buy a Fender American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass, you're buying a modern reproduction of a bass that helped define modern music. Fender based the American Vintage Series on actual vintage instruments from their past, to bring you a period-correct '74 J Bass that plays like a modern classic. From the classic body shape and tone woods to the "ash tray" cover, this bass screams vintage. The beefier U-shaped neck and laminated-rosewood fretboard ensure authentic feel and vibe. Newly designed American Vintage pickups give you the bold, and sought-after, tone of the original. For pure, unadulterated '70s J bass vibe, pick up Fender's American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass.

Fender American Vintage '74 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 '74 Jazz Bass, Fender tracked down several of the original '74s 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 '74 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 '74 Jazz Bass sports a meaty U-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 '74 Jazz Bass would give you the same feel and sound as an original 1974 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 '74 Jazz Master!

Fender American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass Solidbody Electric Bass Features:
  • A vintage-reproduction Jazz Bass that looks, plays, and feels like an original
  • Beefy U-shaped maple neck
  • Laminated rosewood fretboard sports 20 vintage-style frets
  • New American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass pickups
  • Pickup and bridge covers
  • Strap buttons on the back of the headstock
  • upper-mounted thumb rest

Tone, playability, and looks come together in the Fender American Vintage '74 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 Polyurethane
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape U
Fingerboard Material Laminated rosewood, 7.25" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Blocks
Number of Frets 20 vintage style frets
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.475"
Bridge/Tailpiece American Vintage bass bridge with single-groove barrel saddles
Tuners American Vintage reverse open gear
Number of Pickups 2
Middle Pickup American Vintage Single-Coil '74 Jazz Bass
Bridge Pickup American Vintage Single-Coil '74 Jazz Bass
Controls 2 x volume, 1 x tone
Strings Fender USA 7250M, (.045-.105)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0191030800

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I upgraded to this bass from an American Standard jazz. I wasn't sure what made this bass worth $1000+ more and was hesitant at first, but it was worth every bit of the money in my opinion. The neck is so much better perfect action no fret buzz. the pickups seem to have a lot more punch a lot better low end but still getting those great minds and highs jazz basses offer. It's a really sweet bass and sweetwater is easy to deal with great service all the way
Music background: hobbyist, worship music

American Vintage 74 Olympic White

I will say, I was a little hesitant about buying this bass in the beginning, because of the price. The pictures looked nice, sounded great on YouTube,....long story short, bass is and sounds truly amazing. I did have a few concerns with mine, and seems another person here had the same issue. I also had an issue with my bridge; wouldn't hold tune, strings kept dropping, the bridge was stripped. Another concern was the clear finish underneath my string posts (headstock). It appears they didn't allow for the finish to harden, or dry, and caused the excess finish to create a bubble when they tightened the posts. I really do love the bass, sounds amazing, pictures don't do it justice, but for the price, they should have paid a little more attention to detail (imo). The bubble is still there, and I had to buy another bridge. Other than that, Sweetwater is always amazing, just surprised I wasn't sent another bridge (since it wasn't my fault, and I've bought several basses from them).

fender american jazz 74 reissue

Feels real nice but there is a problem with the bridge. this is the second jazz they sent me for the same reason that the first jazz bridge loosens up where the strings lay upon. Both the lower and rear screws on the d and g string one one and the a snd d string on the other after playing it for several weeks. I got the present one at a luthiers waiting for the judgement on why the screws are loosening on a couple of strings. Not worth the money I paid. I 've got 8 bass guitars and never had a problem like this. My Jap P bass has no problem. Why does the American Jazz. Someone from Fender should research this further if they are going to stand behind their guitars and basses.
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