Only a year after its debut, the Jazz Bass received a new control configuration in 1961 that featured a volume knob for each pickup and a master tone knob—a classic control arrangement that endures to this day. The 1961 Jazz Bass Heavy Relic is a faithful recreation of the time-honored original, with a few custom features prized by players worldwide. The two-piece alder body, hand selected for weight and grain, wears a Heavy Relic lacquer finish. The quartersawn maple neck features a ’60-style Jazz Bass “U” profile, topped by a 9.5”-radius flat-lam rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets for comfort and perfect action along the entire length of the neck.
As with the now-familiar control arrangement that first appeared in mid 1961, the hand-wound vintage Jazz bass pickups each have their own volume control, with a master tone knob. Other features include a four-ply brown shell pickguard, vintage-style bass bridge with threaded steel saddles, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut and disk string tree. Also includes deluxe hardshell case, strap, string mutes and certificate of authenticity.
Model: 1961 Jazz Bass
Builder: Fender Custom Shop
Body Type: Solid Body 2-Piece
Body Wood: Alder
Finish Type: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Finish Color: Aged Olympic White
Aging: Heavy Relic
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Wood: Quartersawn Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood AAA 9mm (Flat Lam)
Neck Carve: 1960 Jazz Bass "U"
Scale Length: 34''
Neck Radius: 9.5""
Frets: Medium Jumbo
Nut Width: 1.50''
Nut Material: Bone
Neck Finish: Medium Tent
Inlays: Micarta White Dots
Side Dots: Dots
Neck Pickup: Custom Shop HW Single Coil Jazz Bass
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop HW Single Coil Jazz Bass
Pickguard: 4-Ply Tortoise Shell
Bridge: 4-Saddle Vintage Style with Threaded Steel Saddles
Tuners: Vintage Style
Controls: Volume 1 (Neck), Volume 2 (Bridge), Master Tone
Case: Fender CS Tan
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