Fender Jazz Bass 1973 Olympic White

Reverb Estimated Price Range

  • $2,500$3,400

The Fender Jazz Bass was introduced in 1960 as a higher-end alternative to the Precision Bass with closer string spacing, a thinner neck profile at the nut, and two punchy single-coil pickups. The Jazz Bass evolved in a number of subtle ways throughout the 60s with major changes coming during the CBS Fender buyout of 1965. By 1973, a maple fingerboard with block inlays was the standard for Jazz Basses. Fender also replaced the 4 bolt system with a 3 bolt system for neck joining.

Years of Production: 1960 - present

Unique to this Year: Maple fingerboard is now standard, Fender replaces 4 bolt with 3 bolt neck joint.

Body Style: Offset solidbody

Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with Maple fingerboard

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

Finish Specifications: Sunburst is considered a standard color for vintage Fender basses.

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


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