This 64 Custom Shop Jazz Bass Relic weighs in at 7lbs 14oz which is crazy light for a Jazz bass from any era. Fender Custom Shop used a super lightweight Swamp Ash body for this bass making about 1 1/2 lbs lighter than the normal spec. It sounds and plays great and is in Mint condition. It is finished in No-Caster Blonde which represents the original Fender 50's/60's blonde nitro finish which would have yellowed over 50 or so years. I have included front and back body photos in muted light, normal inside light and sunlight to illustrate the different tones this finish takes on. You can also see the prominent Swamp Ash grain coming through the finish. The neck is 1/4 sawn with a 9-1/2" fingerboard radius and medium-jumbo frets making it more playable than the 1964 model which had a 7-1/2" radius and thin vintage frets. Most of the finish on the back of the neck was removed as part of the relic process. I applied coating of beeswax to the back of the neck giving it a smooth satin finish like the finish on the US made MM stingray basses. (A Reverb viewer offered his option the neck finish may have been removed by someone other than Fender. I have no way of confirming this to be true and it is not uncommon for CS relic basses and guitars to have the neck finish removed. I want to make sure this is disclosed). The headstock is not painted but has a great patina which makes it look like it matches the body color. I have included photos showing areas with the most prominent relic treatment.

Here are the Specs,

Fender '64 Jazz Bass Special Relic Bass Guitar Features:

  • Color: Nocaster Blonde
  • Body: Lightweight Swamp Ash
  • Neck: Maple, C Shape, (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Round Laminate Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9-1/2" Radius
  • No. of Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Width at Nut: 1-1/2"
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Machine Heads: Vintage Style Reverse Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: American Vintage Jazz Bass
  • Pickguard: 4-ply Tortoise Shell
  • Pickups: 2 Vintage Jazz Bass Single-Coil Pickups
  • Pickup Switching: None
  • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone
  • New round wound strings:
  • Case: Hardshell Case Included (deluxe black case with orange interior)
  • Accessories: Strap, Chrome covers
  • COA and all paperwork.

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Listed3 months ago
ConditionMint (Used)
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  • Custom Shop '64 Jazz Bass Relic
Made In
  • United States
Model Family
  • Fender Jazz Bass
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Active / Passive Pickups
  • Passive
Body Shape
  • J-Style
Active Preamp
  • No
Finish Features
  • Relic
Number of Strings
  • 4-String
Offset Body
  • Yes
Pickup Configuration
  • SS
Number of Frets
  • 20

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