Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass®

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Model #: 0196208800
Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass®, Fretless, Pau Ferro Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst

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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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My first fretless

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affprod on March 1, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Funk Jazz Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Country

This was my first fretless bass and I have to say that not only am I impressed, as always, with the quality, but I wish it hadn't taken me 35 years to try fretless.

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Awesome Fretless bass !

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James Coderre on February 19, 2013 (updated February 20, 2013)
Professional Funk Jazz Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal

I love this Bass!! From the gorgeous 3 tone sunburst finish, full sounding Single coil vintage pick ups, smooth fast playing aged finish neck with Pau Ferro Fret board, I also like how Fender put the side marker dots on the fret lines. (for those who have never played a fretless, you have to play your notes on the fret line & this makes it easy)
This bass also has a great vintage feel, the Jaco Fretless Jazz Bass comes with a Vintage style American made G&G light Brown vintage case with plush interior. Inside the case there's a vintage style strap & a cable. You also get the following unmounted items, a vintage pick up cover, a bridge cover with mutes & a tortoise shell pick guard ...... Nice Touch & a great Bass that honors a great Bass legend.

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Great fretless bass that can be better with a little effort.

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hypersloth on February 19, 2013
Semi-Professional R&B Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Folk

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 showed 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. It is what makes an expensive instrument desirable, and why they cost so much! That being said, I will never sell my bass now that it is playing as it should; I still grin when I pick it up.
Álvaro L. Torres

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General
Model Name: Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass®, Fretless, Pau Ferro Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst
Model Number: 0196208800
Series: Artist
Advertised Price: $1799.99
Color: 3-Color Sunburst

Body

Body
Body Material: Select Alder
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape: Jazz Bass®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
Fingerboard: Urethane-Coated, Slab Cut Pau Ferro
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets: Fretless
Fret Size: Fretless
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
Position Inlays: Side Dot
Truss Rod Nut: Vintage-Style Slotted
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Custom

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: American Vintage Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Neck Pickup: American Vintage Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Controls: Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone
Pickup Configuration: SS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 4-Saddle American Vintage Bass
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Bridge Cover: Includes Chrome Bridge Cover
Tuning Machines: American Vintage Reverse Open-Gear Bass
Pickguard: 4-Ply Tortoiseshell
Pickup Covers: Chrome
Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA Bass 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound, (.055, .070, .090 .105 Gauges)
Unique Features: Knurled Chrome P Bass® Knobs, Special Jaco Tribute Neck Plate, Side Dot Position Markers are Centered Between the Fretlines
Included Accessories: Deluxe Brown Hardshell Case, Strap, Cable