The Jazz’s neck was noticeably narrower than the Precision’s at the nut, but a similar width at the body end, and this gave it a pronounced taper when viewed from the front. Well, the first version of the Jazz, in production for about a year, had string dampers, and what are well known as ‘stack knobs’.
‘Stack knobs’ were two-in-one volume/tone controls with an inner and an outer section working independently of each other.
Take the tone right down and you get the jungle or dub reggae rumble, which is also very well-suited to - dare I say it - jazz.
By adjusting the volume of each pickup in relation to the other, you can get a huge array of tones, and even quite convincingly mimic a Precision if you wish.
Another mint condition Fender MIJ (Made In Japan) instrument – this time a gorgeous ’62 reissue Jazz Bass, which I bought brand new in London in 1991, for £285.
The original Jazz Bass was introduced at the end of 1960 as a dual pickup stablemate for the Fender Precision.
It’s clearly a progressive yellowing of the top coat, and in fact on the rear of the body the yellowing is less even than on the front, so the area around the contour is slightly more greenish than the bottom of the slab region.
This is the only non-cellulose finish I’ve had which has markedly changed colour over time.
Also there are Non-Squier, Fender Japan models from the same era too.
But as I mentioned when I briefly alluded to this bass in another piece on the site, over the years the colour has changed.
Sonic blue is a light blue – slightly more turquoise than sky blue, but it’s definitely blue.
I’ve become a lot more attached to the bass since I noticed the colour changing about ten years back, and of course, the longer you hang onto a guitar the more the tone matures and the less likely you are to want to part with it.
I have to confess that I'm not a bass player, so they all feel alien to me.