Jazz Bass At The Music Zoo
The Fender Jazz bass is an instrument by which many others are judged. It's hard to find a dual pickup bass out there today that isn't at least somewhat inspired by the original "J" design. The Music Zoo makes sure to keep an impressive selection of Jazz Basses in stock, at all price points - from value packed Squier and Mexican Fender offerings to USA production models and top shelf Fender Custom Shop creations. If you need a 5-string, a fretless, an active example or a popular artist model, we're the destination with the best combination of the unique and rare and the everyday must-haves.
Jazz Bass History
Leo Fender's second bass creation, the Jazz Bass or "J Bass" was introduced in 1960, and originally called the "Deluxe Model" - it was marketed as the counterpart to the new Jazzmaster guitar. In many ways, it was "Deluxe" compared to it's cousin, the Precision Bass, as it boasted a pair of single coils, instead of 1 split coil pickup. This helped create a more tonal versatility - especially the bridge pickup, which was the freshest sound - it produced excellent midrange growl and clear treble, similar to how you would expect a guitar bridge pickup to sound. The curves of the Jazz Bass were also more pronounced, and it's neck shape and nut width were noticeably slimmer and more user-friendly. The original 1960 Jazz Bass was covered in a 3 Color Sunburst finish and decorated with a tortoiseshell pickguard, but custom colors were offered soon afterwards. The early Jazz Bass also featured felt string mutes, but they never really caught on - they were moved under the bridge cover for a few years, until the bridge covers were removed from the design all together.
The Jazz Bass saw a variety of cosmetic and structural changes over the years. After Fender was sold to CBS, many Jazz Basses were seen with bound rosewood fingerboard and block inlays. In the '70s, maple fingerboards were offered - and the tuxedo-style black block inlays on these examples have become a classic example of CBS production year aesthetics.
The American Standard Jazz Bass was introduced alongside Fender's other newly marketed staples in 1989. Up until 1994, these instruments had a larger upper horn, 22 frets (as opposed to 21) and a TBX tone control, and have become known as the Longhorn Bass. After 94, the more common American Standard Jazz bass surfaced as we know it today, along with the new American Deluxe model, which evolved from the "Plus" models of the early '90s. The American Standard series was redesigned and re-marketed as the American Professional series in 2017.
The Music Zoo is an authorized Fender and Squier dealer, and our used inventory is packed to the brim! Our Jazz Basses are individually photographed and weighed, and undergo a rigorous inspection by our team of technicians, so you can be sure that wood grain you just fell in love with will look the same when it arrives at your doorstep, and the bass will be ready to play right out of the case. Make your next Jazz Bass purchase online at The Music Zoo, or visit our New York showroom to shop today!