Fender Jazz Bass 1960 Sunburst

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $18,000$22,000

Jazz Basses from 1960 -- the first year of Jazz Bass production -- rank as some of the most highly prized and collectable bass guitars in the world. The Jazz Bass was introduced as a higher-end counterpart to the revolutionary Precision Bass taking visual queues from the ultra-modern Jazzmaster (introduced in 1958), and including a narrower neck at the nut and closer string spacing. Also new for the Jazz Bass were a pair of single-coil pickups with two pole-pieces for each string on both, which produced punchier, brighter tones than earlier Fender basses. The Jazz Bass was rapidly embraced by players from a huge array of styles and genres, and has remained in steady production ever since.

Years of Production: 1960 - present

Unique to this Year: The original Jazz bass included two "stacked" control knobs that were switched to a three knob configuration in mid-1962. The first Jazz Basses also came with individual string mutes at the bridge as well as bridge and pickup covers that most players opted to remove. 

Body Style: Offset solidbody 

Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with slab Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, block inlays, 34-inch scale length 

Finish Specifications: Sunburst was a standard finish for '60s Fenders. Rare and custom finishes can substantially increase the value. 

Notable Players:  John Entwistle, Noel Redding, Rick Danko, Marcus Miller, Geddy Lee, Jaco Pastorius






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