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Only a year after its debut, the Jazz Bass received a new control configuration in 1961 that featured a volume knob for each pickup and a master tone knob—a classic control arrangement that endures to this day. The 1961 Jazz Bass Heavy Relic is a faithful recreation of the time-honored original, with a few custom features added. The two-piece alder body, hand selected for weight and grain, wears a Heavy Relic lacquer finish. The quartersawn maple neck features a ’60-style Jazz Bass “U” profile, topped by a 9.5”-radius flat-lam rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets for comfortable action along the entire length of the neck. 

As with the now-familiar control arrangement that first appeared in mid 1961, the hand-wound vintage Jazz bass pickups each have their own volume control, with a master tone knob. Additional features include a four-ply brown shell pickguard, vintage-style bass bridge with threaded steel saddles, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut and disk string tree. A deluxe hardshell case, strap, string mutes and certificate of authenticity are also included.
  • Alder body
  • Bolt-on maple neck with '60s-style U profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • Hand-wound vintage Jazz bass pickups
  • Hardshell case included

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  • Shape: 60s-style U 
  • Wood: Maple
  • Neck joint: Bolt-on 
  • Truss rod: Standard 
  • Pickup configuration: HH 
  • Neck: Proprietary Humbucker
  • Bridge: Proprietary Humbucker
  • Control layout: Master volume, Master tone
  • Material: Rosewood 
  • Radius: 9.5" 
  • Fret size: Medium-jumbo 
  • Number of frets: 20 
  • Inlays: Dots
  • Nut material: Bone 
  • Body Type: Solid Body Double Cutaway
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer 
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style 
  • Number of strings: 4 String 
  • Case: Hardshell Case 
  • Country of origin: United States 
  • Orientation: Right-handed

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