Fender Jazz Bass 1965 Sunburst

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $3,190$7,815

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 CBS Fender buyout brought a number of change sto Fender production. By the end of 1964, Jazz Basses used pearloid fingerboard inlays instead of clay, and a three-layer plastic pickguard instead of single-ply celluloid. Also in 1965, Fender added binding to the neck of the J Bass. 

Years of Production: 1960 - present

Unique to this Year: Perloid inlays and plastic pickguard introduced by late 1964. Neck binding introduced in 1965. 

Body Style: Offset solidbody 

Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with veneer 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


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