While the Fender P Bass dominated the 50s as the only electric bass in their line up, by the time the 60s rolled around Leo and his crew felt it was time for an update. From Fender:
"The reasoning was clear enough - it was simply time for a new Fender bass. And just as the Stratocaster expanded on the Telecaster rather than supplanting it, this new bass would complement the P Bass by offering great tonal versatility and a design that went beyond the utilitarian to the realm of the sleekly stylish.
If the P Bass was a Chevy, the new deluxe model would be a Ferrari. Leo Fender himself said so. In a Guitar Player magazine interview years later, he said, 'Well, it’s like a car, you know - you come out with a standard model, then you have a deluxe model - a Cadillac version.'"
Featuring a two-piece ash body clad in a Heavy Relic lacquer finish, a tinted quartersawn maple neck with a ’60 Jazz Bass “U” profile; and a 9.5”-radius fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo (6150) frets, white nitro binding, and mother of pearl block inlays. The hand-wound vintage Jazz Bass pickups are wired to knurled chrome master volume and tone control knobs on the chrome control plate for a classically enticing look.
Other features include a three-ply black pickguard, vintage-style bass bridge with four threaded saddles, vintage-style ’66 “lollipop” tuning machines, bone nut and a third strap button on the rear of the headstock for old-school upright-style play. Priced with hardshell case.
- Heavy Relic Lacquer Finish
- 2-Piece Select Ash Body
- Quartersawn Maple Neck with '60 Style Jazz Bass "U" Back-Shape
- Round-Lam Rosewood Fingerboard White Binding and Mother of Pearl Block Inlays
- 9.5" Radius
- 20 Medium Jumbo (6150) Frets
- Hand-Wound Vintage Jazz Bass Pickups
- Vintage Wiring with 3 Knurled Chrome Knobs
- 3-Ply Black Pickguard
- 4-Saddle Vintage-Style Bridge
- Vintage-Style "Lollipop" Tuning Machines
- Bone Nut
- Disc String Tree
- Weight: 9lbs 11oz
- Deluxe Hardshell Case
- Strap & Certificate of Authenticity