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Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar 3-Color Sunburst

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Jaco was a beacon for generations of aspiring bass players, bridging the gaps between R&B, rock, jazz, classical, and Caribbean musics. He changed the musical world with his uncanny gifts and visionar... Click To Read More About This Product

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Jaco was a beacon for generations of aspiring bass players, bridging the gaps between R&B, rock, jazz, classical, and Caribbean musics. He changed the musical world with his uncanny gifts and visionary approach to the instrument. And he did it with one fundamental tool ” a Fender Jazz Bass. Fender has re-created Jaco's well-played Jazz Fretless in painstaking detail, so you can enjoy a special connection with this great artist.

Features
  • Body: alder
  • Neck: maple
  • Fingerboard: rosewood, polyester finished
  • Scale: length 34" (864 mm)
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Vintage-size fretline markers
  • Width @ nut: 1.500" (38 mm)
  • Machine heads: vintage style
  • Pickups: 2 vintage Jazz pickups
  • Controls: '62 style
  • 3-knob, volume (neck), volume (bridge), master tone
  • Pickguard: brown shell (shipped in case)
  • Bridge: U.S. vintage Jazz
  • Unique features: special shape neck
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FenderJaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

Great Fretless Bass!!

By Bassman John

from Barrington, Illinois

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Awesome finish and workmanship
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

    I had never played a fretless before buying the Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass. All I can say is WOW! Not only is this bass great looking, it plays like a dream. I also own a fretted Jazz Bass and this is so easy to play - I just picked it up and started playing. It feels very familiar, but just a little different. As long as you play it on the fret markers the intonation is perfect. I'm sure this is one of the best fretless basses on the market. You can play a smooth and easy tone in the background, or step up front and make it sing and growl. The pictures don't do it justice, it looks as great as it sounds. The finish and workmanship are superb. This bass also comes with a tortoise pick guard and the bridge and neck pickup covers. Although I'm not sure why anyone would want to install these, but they come in the case just so you'll have them. The Jaco bass comes with flatwound strings, but I'm going to put Rotosound Swing Bass 66 round wounds on it as soon as I can. Then I think it will definitely have Jaco's sound. If only I could play like him. But now I have the right axe.

     
    5.0

    I Can't Put This Thing Down! Soooo good...

    By Tim L.

    from Austin TX

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Not just "good"...OUTSTANDING!
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Venues
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

      I haven't tried enough of them to offer an educated opinion about what's the best fretless bass out there. But now that I own this Jaco bass, I don't need to. You can play a smooth and easy tone in the background, or step up front and make it sing and growl. Picture doesn't do it justice, it looks as great as it sounds. Finish and workmanship are superb.

       
      4.0

      Please create a 5 string Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass

      By JoeBass

      from Long Island NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording

        Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

        For 5 String players please create a 5 string Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass

        (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Kickin' Bass

        By FlyingUV

        from Satanta, KS

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

        Great playing bass. Great sound. Beautiful workmanship. Only complaint is excessive noise (hum) with treble and volume high.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Bass I have ever played!

        By Artutro PERALTA-RAMOS

        from Jackson, Wy

        Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

        Right out of the box, this is an amazing bass. The first thing you will notice is the beautiful 3 tone sunburst finish. Next you will notice the awesome vintage j bass stylings. These compliment the bass very well. Above all else my favorite part of this bass is the growling fretless tone. This bass is well worth the price and I would recommend it to any bass player looking for a new fretless.

        (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Exactly what I wanted

        By jkmathes

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

        This is one of the highest quality basses I've ever purchased. I love playing Fender Jazz basses, and I really wanted a new fretless that could replace the Fender Standard Jazz fretless that I had used previously. This bass fit exactly what I wanted, so I decided to pull the trigger. It was painful to wait for it to be built and get into stock, but once it arrived, I was totally blown away.The craftsmanship was perfect - I went to give it an initial setup, and it required absolutely no adjustments. Neck relief, saddles, everything matched up to the millimeter on my tools.If you inspect the neck, you'll see why this bass plays so beautifully. It's hard and slippery, very nicely finished. After plugging it in, I spent a lot of time playing through a tuner on my amp and found that every note rings through like it should (and they sound amazing through the vintage pickups).As far as looks, the 60s stylings were reproduced very nicely. Even the inlays have that "clay" color that matches the 60s headstock.The only downside I could possibly mention comes from the way it was strung. The strings that came with it (Fender's darkened flatwounds, the "greasy" ones) weren't bad, but they were strung poorly. The wrappings weren't tight, and the G and E strings were cut so short they couldn't even make one revolution around the tuning peg. It made tuning the bass initially a little rough.Overall, I recommend this bass to everyone. It's a little pricey, but it's worth it.

        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Fitting Tribute to the Master

        By Jimmy Two Fingers

        from Iowa

        Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

        This is a wonderful bass with all the right appointments in the right places as one would expect from a signature series instrument.The flawless body and neck are beautiful, and the tone is wonderful from the vintage pickups. The Jaco growl is present and accounted for. The fuller c-style neck took some getting used to but am very imperssed on lack of dead spots on the neck. So far I have not been able to find any..This is a huge compliment regarding its craftsmanship.Complaints would center on the flatwound strings in a heavier gauge than is my personal choice,not only killing the sound, but was the culprit behind the huge neck relief that rendered the bass unplayable out of the case. Swapping strings to lighter-gauge roundwounds and minor trussrod adjustments put the neck where it should have been from the factory, enabling the bass to sing the way it was intended...and it does sing...I have a squire tribute jazz with custom shop 60's pups that gives the this one a tonal run for its money, but the feel is no where close. You cannot fake a quality instrument at any price.Playing a "Portrait of Tracy" or "Continuum" on this wonderful instrument brought Jaco into the room for me....outstanding. You have leaders and followers. This is definitely a leader. I would buy this again.

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

        This is a fantastic tribute to the greatest bass player ever, period! I recommend this bass to anyone who dares to have the chops to be able to play a fretless jazz bass the way Jaco did. Everything from the tone to the playability, right down to the quality. This is it! I'm very picky with my basses and guitars but this one gets a 10 out of 10 rating. Jaco lives!

        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Choice

        By Armanger

        from ABQ New Mexico

        Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

        Its a nice bass, I immediately changed the flatwounds to Rotosound round wounds swing 66, (for the growl). It is defiantely what you are looking for sound wise. The neck is nice and narrow, although not a relic, its worth the price i paid. All in all its a really nice bass. Im glad i purchased it, defiantely changes up the bottom end.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Jaco Name Really Makes a Difference

        By Bassman

        from Boston, MA

        Comments about Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar:

        This is the best basses I have ever played. I know it costs more than the "American Standard", but that the "Jaco" name really does make a difference. When I played this bass, I did so after playing an "American Standard Fretless". The Jaco bass was a million times better. The neck felt so right, with no friction on my hand at all when I slid. The bass sounds great. You can get that nice warm Jaco sound. This is definitely the best bass I have ever played. I am currently saving up to buy it.

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