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Fender Custom Shop 1961 Jazz Bass Closet Classic Masterbuilt by Dale Wilson
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The 1961 Jazz Bass Closet Classic is a masterful recreation of one of the finest electric basses ever designed, but with the benefit of modern precision manufacturing and quality control. It features the bridge cover or "ashtray" and the pickup cover, along with the classic inlays and fluid lines of the original '61.

The four-ply tortoise pickguard with the distinctive metal plate covering the electronics cavity, the rosewood grab bar, the matching headstock, the logo, the pegs and other physical features combine to invoke the high regard this bass has enjoyed from generations of bassists and other musicians who appreciate great bass sound.

The pickups are hand-wound vintage J-Bass, and the neck is quarter-sawn maple. It features a dark Indian rosewood for fretboard material, vintage frets and classic pearloid block inlays. This one is finished in Faded 3-tone Sunburst .

The precise design and incredible handiwork are pure Dale Wilson, a guitar builder who arrived at Fender in 2003. He joined the Custom Shop in 2005 and became a Master Builder in 2011. Building guitars has been a driving passion for the California native since childhood.

Dale Wilson

“Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved guitars,” he said. “I didn’t dream of being a rock star; I dreamed of building the ultimate guitar. I was equally enthralled with the guitars just as much as I was with the players.”

Wilson comes from a long line of expert woodworkers, and the requisite Custom Shop zeal for outstanding craftsmanship has long been part of his DNA. He did repair work and mods in a small guitar shop right out of high school in the late 1980s; subsequently moving on to stints at Dobro and Rickenbacker before arriving at Fender, where he worked on Guild, Gretsch and Benedetto guitars before beginning his apprenticeship with various Custom Shop Master Builders.

Fender Custom Shop 1961 Jazz Bass Closet Classic Masterbuilt by Dale Wilson Features:

  • Neck
    Shape: U
    Wood: Maple
    Neck joint: 4-Bolt
    Scale length: 34"
    Truss rod: Yes
    Finish: Gloss

    Active or passive: Passive
    Configuration: SS
    Neck: Single-coil
    Middle: Not applicable
    Bridge: Single-coil
    Brand: Fender
    Series or parallel: Parallel
    Active preamp: Not applicable
    Special electronics: Not applicable

    Material: Rosewood
    Radius: Compound 7.25 - 9.5"
    Fret size: Vintage style
    Number of frets: 20
    Inlays: Pearloid block
    Nut material: Plastic
    Nut width: 1.625" (41.3mm)
    Neck width at 12 fret:

    Style: Double cutaway
    Construction: Solidbody
    Body wood: Agathis
    Top wood: Not applicable
    Body finish: Closet classic
    Orientation: Right-handed

    Control layout: Vol/tone stacked, vol/tone stacked
    Pickup switch: No
    Coil tap or split: Not applicable
    Tone switching: No
    Special switching: No
    EQ on/off No

    Bridge type: Fixed
    Bridge design: 4-Saddle vintage style
    Tailpiece: Not applicable
    Tuning machines: Open-geared
    Color: Chrome

    Number of strings: 4
    Pickguard: Yes
    Special features: Not applicable
    Case: Sold separately
    Accessories: User kit
    Country of origin: USA

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