Fender Releases New American Vintage Series Basses
Fender has announced four bass additions to its acclaimed
American Vintage series, all meticulously re-imagined to evoke the
authentic feel and sound of the original basses released between
the late 1950s and early 1970s.
Available in 3-Color Sunburst, White Blonde, and Black, the
American Vintage '58 Precision Bass® commemorates the first year in
which the bass that started it all appeared in a 3-Color Sunburst
finish. That classic combination is now a longtime Fender
tradition, and the '58 American Vintage Precision Bass brings you
other authentic features, including a lightweight alder body (Ash
on White Blonde model), thick "C"-shaped maple neck with 20
vintage-style frets and black dot inlays, gold anodized aluminum
pickguard with lacquer finish, and new American Vintage '58 split
single-coil pickup. Also includes lower-mounted finger rest,
vintage-style bridge with threaded steel "barrel" saddles, flat-top
knurled chrome control knobs, reverse tuners, mounted chrome pickup
and bridge covers, and more.
The year 1963 marks an important moment in Precision Bass
history because that's when a comfortable new round-laminated
rosewood fingerboard first appeared on the bass that revolutionized
the world of music. That's here on the new American Vintage '63
Precision Bass, which evokes that year's model with other authentic
features, including a slightly wider "C"-shaped maple neck,
clay-colored dot position inlays, three-ply mint green pickguard
(four-ply tortoiseshell pickguard on 3-Color Sunburst model), new
American Vintage '63 split single-coil pickup, lower-mounted finger
rest, vintage-style bridge with threaded steel "barrel" saddles,
flat-top knurled chrome control knobs, reverse tuners, chrome
pickup and bridge covers, auxiliary strap button on the back of the
headstock, and more. Available in 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White,
Faded Sonic Blue, and Frost Red.
The Jazz Bass acquired an even slimmer "C"-shaped maple neck in
1964. That's what you'll find here on the American vintage '64 Jazz
Bass®, which has other authentic features including a
round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with 20 vintage-style frets
and clay-colored dot inlays, three-ply white pickguard (four-ply
tortoiseshell pickguard on 3-Color Sunburst and Olympic White
models), new American Vintage '64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups,
lower-mounted finger rest, vintage-style bridge with threaded steel
"barrel" saddles, black plastic control knobs, reverse tuners,
chrome pickup and "F"-stamped bridge covers with vintage-accurate
positioning, auxiliary strap button on the back of the headstock,
and more. Available in 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White, Lake Placid
Blue (with matching headstock), and Black.
Significant changes were afoot in 1974 for the Jazz Bass. The
bridge pickup had been moved about half an inch closer to the
bridge only the year before, and 1974 saw the last of the four-bolt
necks for quite a while. Further, the slim "C"-shaped maple neck
was re-sculpted with a meatier U-shaped profile (and acquired a
walnut "skunk" stripe, white fingerboard binding and pearl block
inlays made their first appearance, and black pickguards replaced
their longstanding tortoiseshell predecessors.
The American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass encompasses all of the above
and is the sole member of the new American Vintage bass lineup to
offer a choice of maple and round-laminated rosewood fingerboards,
each with white binding, pearl block inlays and 20 vintage-style
frets. Other authentic features include a urethane-finished alder
body (ash on Natural-finish model), three-ply black/white/black
pickguard (three-play white/black/white on Black model). New
American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, upper-mounted
thumb rest, vintage-style bridge with single-groove steel "barrel"
saddles, '70s-style "Fender"-stamped open-gear tuners, four-bolt
"F"-stamped neck plate, chrome pickup and "F"-stamped bridge covers
with vintage-accurate positioning, and more. Available in 3-Color
Sunburst, Olympic White, Black, and Natural.
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