Fender Jazz Bass 1966 Black

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $5,500$8,500

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. By 1966, the Jazz Bass had evolved from the original in a few subtle ways: the original "stacked" control knobs of 1960 were replaced by a simple three knob control configuration and the original string mutes on the bridge were dropped. The 1966 Jazz Bass was the first to include block inlays as an option on the Rosewood fingerboard.

Years of Production: 1960 - present

Unique to this Year: 1966 was the first year the Jazz Bass offered block inlays as an option.

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: Black was a rarer finish for '60s Fenders. Rare and custom finishes increase the value compared to standard finishes like Sunburst. 

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


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