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Fender Jaco Pastorius Jazz Electric Bass Guitar, Fretless, Rosewood Fretboard - 3-Color Sunburst

by Fender

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  • Select Alder body w/Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
  • Maple neck with a fretless Pao Ferro Fingerboard
  • American Vintage Single-Coil Jazz Bass Pickups
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  • Product Dimensions: 52 x 6 x 17.5 inches ; 30 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 33.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B001R2OA5Q
  • Item model number: 0196208800
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,313 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 18, 2009

Product Description

Jaco Pastorius redefined the voice of the bass and the role of the bassist for generations of players, merging the worlds of R&B, rock, jazz, classical and Caribbean music and reshaping the musical landscape with his visionary approach to the instrument. And he did it all with a Fender Jazz Bass guitar. Pastorius' unmistakable voice and signature sound came from his mind, his hand and his sunburst fretless Jazz Bass, recreated here as the Fender Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass guitar. Features include an alder body, C shaped maple neck with side dots centered on the fret lines, pau ferro fingerboard, vintage style single coil Jazz Bass pickups, vintage style reverse tuners, knurled chrome Precision Bass knobs and commemorative Pastorius neck plate. Deluxe brown hard shell case, strap and cable included.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hypersloth on February 19, 2013
I do not own an actual 1962 Jazz Bass, so I can't compare this reissue to an actual vintage bass. I own a 1977, and have owned a 1983 Jazz as well. This bass is well built, light and very resonant. The pick-ups sound very full, the neck feels wonderful and fast, and the nickle plating is a wonderful alternative to cold chrome. The semi figurative grain on the body shows beautifully through the well applied transparent sunburst. I am not sure why Fender used Pau Ferro as a finger board wood since Fender did not offer such an option in 1962, though I do know it is better tone wise(for fret-less) than rosewood. Not sure as to why, but many luthiers choose Pau Ferro for that very application. Having a coated fingerboard certainly helps against wear, though I believe Fender really should have used a thick, tougher epoxy like Jaco did, and not the poly varnish they decided upon. Using round wound strings (like Jaco, he never used flat wounds!!!!) the varnish began to chip and flake off. Not really acceptable in a passive, standard wood bass that retails for well over $2000. I found the nut was not at all well cut: a properly filed nut is very critical in a fretless, especially if you are seeking the "mwah" tone Jaco is known for. The mwah factor comes from the string buzzing evenly along the finger board. I also found the fingerboard to be improperly planed, having what I can describe as a "hump" at the body end of the neck. To have a proper fretless set-up you need a very straight neck with as little relief as possible. This was not possible so I had Harris Thor re-plane the neck and coat the finger board with proper epoxy. The Custom Shop Jaco bass is coated with epoxy, not poly, BTW. Overall a great instrument but at this price point Fender seriously needs to pay attention to the details.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Simon on January 22, 2012
I will admit two things up front:

1. I bought this instrument from a brick-and-mortar music shop, not Amazon.com
2. I only got the "Jaco signature" version because the shop was out of the regular American Standard, and they cut me a deal to compensate

So, I would say that while I wouldn't necessarily recommend the Jaco model over the regular one (only because of the $$), this is one great playing and great sounding bass, especially if you change out the stock flatwound strings with roundwound. I notice very little difference between the ones I've tried from the 1970s and mine (from 2008).

If you are a serious fretless player and a serious collector of all things Jaco, then you might actually want to shell out the extra dough for the signature!
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