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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Report on a 2001 Fender Classic 60s Jazz bass (long)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 4th, 2017 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

With $200 bucks I got from a recent Ampeg/Loud Technologies rebate program, and some other money burning a hole in my pocket, I bought a 2001 Fender Classic 60s Jazz bass for under five hundred bucks.

Low miles, really nice shape except for two places where the plastic-like poly finish applied to the bodies of these basses back then is beginning to split and flake to the bare wood, it's a three-color sunburst and the reds and yellows in the finish jump right out of the 1960s.

I understand from reading about these basses on talkbass and from several other sources that 2001 was the first year Fender introduced this particular line.

Most convincing were several TB posts from a touring pro in Nashville who also has a 2001 Classic 60s J and used his on tour with T. Graham Brown and Tanya Tucker.

For the money, I am most pleased with the bang-for-the-buck qualities of this Jazz bass. Had to shim the neck to get the action as low as I like, but it came home ready to make music. The profile of the neck in my hands is very Pre-CBS. The pickups are loud, all the pots work as they should, and the electronics put out very little hum.

Not much not to like.

Except for the pickguard. An easy fix.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 08:47 PM, Dec 4th, 2017)

ilan

127.0.0.1

Dec 6th, 2017 11:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds like a sweet deal, George.

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 10th, 2017 12:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice George! Welcome back to the Jazz Bass. Nice deal. Are you using TI Jazz Flats or something else?

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 10th, 2017 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

TI flats forever!

They sound great on this bass.

George

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 10th, 2017 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George, you got me to using TI Jazz Flats on a Jazz bass and for me it is the perfect string choice for my Fender Jazz Bass.

pacobass

canada

Dec 12th, 2017 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Georges,
Just curious to know if the volume pots on your new bass works the same way as I discribed on my
"annoying Jazzbass volume pot" topic

Pacobass

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 13th, 2017 05:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pacobass:

Not exactly.

Here's what I mean. I have some volume when I open them up, meaning I have playable volume from 1-4 and then from 5-8 I get very little increase and then when I'm at about fully open there is a dramatic increase in volume.

I have thought about replacing stuff to see if I could get better performance, but the bass sounds so good on stage I'm reluctant to make changes.

George

Danny Nader

usa

You should have been there!
Dec 13th, 2017 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George,

Any changes you make to the pots will be a non issue. Pickups could be another story. Having said that, I just dropped a pair of Seymour Antiquities into a bass of mine. Even, smooth and more consistent than the stock Fender pickups. Not earth shattering, but enough to justify the change.

Danny

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 13th, 2017 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George do both the volume pots react the same way ? ( assuming you have two volume pots and not a pickup blend pot along with a single master volume)

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 13th, 2017 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

sorry duble post

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 08:56 PM, Dec 13th, 2017)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 14th, 2017 04:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

lou...three pots on mine. Both volume pots act the same. The tone pot works fine.

Danny: I agree with what you said. I think what I meant is that I just don't want to go through the hassle.

I'm OK for now with the way things are.

The way I am is that something can bother me here at home and that's one thing but if it bothers me on the gig that's something entirely different. My Jazz bass hasn't been gigged yet which will come at the end of the month.

Our band took December off to make time for the front man to have some surgery.

George

Danny Nader

usa

You should have been there!
Dec 15th, 2017 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George,

Got it. I thought that's what you meant.

Danny

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 15th, 2017 07:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George, don't tell me. The bass needs a tort pickguard LOL ;)

That's all most people say and now even I am beginning to think that way :)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Dec 16th, 2017 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lou...you should be able to hear me laughing all the way to Texas.

Never have liked the more recent tort guards. A lot of us have the same opinion.

Found a nice NOS Fullerton tort recently with that 1980s pepperoni look and screwed her down. Looks very nice.

George

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Curled up

in the fecal position
Dec 16th, 2017 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mmm pepperoni...

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 20th, 2017 09:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George, my hearing is not so good but I felt the ground shake coming from the Pacific Northwest. :)

I like the more redish tort that WD Music sells

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