1962 Fender Jazz Bass

First introduced in 1960 as the “Deluxe Model”, the Fender Jazz Bass was marketed as a stablemate to the Jazzmaster guitar which was also marketed as a “Deluxe Model” in its own right; however, it was renamed the Fender Jazz Bass as Fender felt that its redesigned neck – narrower and more rounded than that of the Precision Bass – would appeal more to Jazz musicians. The Fender Jazz Bass has two single coil pickups with two pole pieces per string. This gave the bass a stronger midrange sound to compete with the Rickenbacher bass, which had been introduced in 1957 and which was famously “bright.” As well as having a slightly different, less symmetrical and more contoured body shape (known in Fender advertising as the “Offset Waist Contour” body), the Jazz Bass neck is noticeably narrower at the nut than that of the Fender Precision Bass. While the Precision Bass was originally styled similarly to the Telecaster guitar (and, after 1957, the Stratocaster), the Fender Jazz Bass’ styling was inspired more by the Jazzmaster guitar, with which the Jazz shared its offset body and sculpted edges that differentiate it from other slab-style guitar bodies.

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