NAMM 2013 This was an exciting find at the NAMM show this year – along with the complete reinvention Fender did with the American Vintage Series guitars, we now have new American Vintage Series basses. Instruments that completely replicate the looks, feel, and tone of the ’58 Precision Bass, ’63 Precision Bass, ’64 Jazz Bass, and ’74 Jazz Bass.
First off, we have the new ’58 Precision, pictured here with White Blonde, 3-Tone Sunburst, and Black finishes, all with gold anodized aluminum pickguards, thick “C” shaped maple necks, alder bodies (ash for the White Blonde), and a single American Vintage ’58 split-coil pickup for that classic thumping bass tone.
Onwards through the years we now have the ’63 Precision Bass. 1963 was the first year that Fender gave the bass a comfortable round-lam rosewood fretboard, a wider “C” neck shape, and clay dot inlays. The bass pictured in the front has an Olympic White finish, and they are also available in 3-Tone Sunburst, Faded Sonic Blue, and Seminole Red.
Both of the above pictures are the ’64 Jazz Bass. 1964 saw the J-Bass have a slimmer “C” neck shape with a round-lam rosewood fretboard and clay dot inlays – and that’s exactly what this bass has. To get the vintage specs right, the bass has a lower-mounted finger rest, vintage-style bridge with threaded steel “barrel” saddles, and two new American Vintage Jazz Bass single-coils. Our favorite version was the Lake Placid Blue with matching headstock. What a great vibe.
Last but not least in the new Amerian Vintage basses is the 1974 Jazz Bass. This reissue year is the only one out of the bunch that gives you the option of either maple or round-laminated rosewood fretboards – both with binding and pearl block inlays. Other features include a urethane-finished alder body (ash on Natural-finish model), three-ply black/white/black pickguard (three-ply white/black/white on Black model), new American Vintage ’74 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, upper-mounted thumb rest, vintage-style bridge with single-groove steel “barrel” saddles, and ’70s-style “Fender”-stamped open-gear tuners. This bass was built for groovin’ and we’re really loving it.
Contact our sales team if you’d like some more information about getting one of these new beautiful basses into your hands.