FENDER ELECTRIC BASS
THE NAME FENDER” IS SYNONYMOUS WITH ELECTRIC BASS ”
WHEN YOU PLAY A FENDER ELECTRIC BASS, YOU’RE IN A CLUB ENCOMPASSING DECADES OF FANTASTIC PLAYING IN ALL STYLES AND GENRES. IT MEANS YOU MAKE A SOUND THAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY OF THE GREATEST MUSIC THE WORLD HAS EVER HEARD. AN IRRESISTIBLE SOUND THE WHOLE WORLD ROCKS, ROLLS, SWINGS, MOVES AND GROOVES TO. A SOUND THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES.
We know all this for one simple reason: We invented it. Until 1951, there was no such thing as an electric bass guitar. So when Fender introduced the Precision Bass® that year, it was not just a new instrument, but a new kind of instrument that created a new kind of musician—the electric bassist. Who else can claim that? The Precision Bass and the sleek Jazz Bass® (1960) profoundly revolutionized music as the undisputed worldwide standards for electric bass sound, feel and performance. Ever since, bass players everywhere have one or both. Fender basses are indispensable instruments. If you were stuck on a desert island and could have only one bass guitar, we’re pretty sure what the name on the headstock would be.
Why are Fender electric basses so great? 速
BECAUSE THEY ARE IDEAL FOR EVERYTHING You can play anything and everything on a Fender electric bass guitar 速
ROCK. FUNK. BLUES. JAZZ. COUNTRY. METAL. PUNK. ANY GENRE, SUBGENRE, SHADE OR COMBINATION OF THEM. IF IT’S IN YOUR HEAD, YOUR HEART AND YOUR HANDS, THERE’S NO OTHER INSTRUMENT BETTER FOR BRINGING IT TO LIFE THAN A FENDER ELECTRIC BASS.
BECAUSE YOUR SOUND IS THE SOUND OF YOUR IDOLS YOU’LL SOUND LIKE YOURSELF ON A FENDER BASS. AND, BY THE WAY, JAMES JAMERSON, JACO PASTORIUS, GEDDY LEE, STING, MIKE DIRNT, MARCUS MILLER, JOHN ENTWISTLE, STEVE HARRIS, ROGER WATERS, MARK HOPPUS, ADAM CLAYTON, WILLIE WEEKS, DONALD “DUCK” DUNN, JOHN PAUL JONES, PAUL SIMONON AND COUNTLESS OTHERS ALL PLAY OR HAVE PLAYED FENDER BASSES JUST LIKE YOURS. ®
Youâ€™ll sound like yourself on a Fender bass
BECAUSE THEY ARE MADE TO BE MODIFIED
YOU’D LIKE A DIFFERENTCOLORED PICKGUARD. GREAT, PUT ONE ON. YOU WANT DIFFERENT PICKUPS. GREAT—PUT ’EM IN. THE NECK RELIEF NEEDS A TWEAK. BY ALL MEANS, DO SO. A COUPLE MINUTES AND IT’S DONE. WITH THEIR INNOVATIVE MODULAR DESIGNS, NO OTHER ELECTRIC BASSES ARE EASIER TO PERSONALIZE, MAINTAIN AND REPAIR THAN FENDER ELECTRIC BASSES. ®
No other electric basses are easier to personalize
Photo: Josh Giroux
BECAUSE OF THAT TONE AND FEEL THERE’S SIMPLY NOTHING LIKE THE POWERFUL SONIC BOOM OF A PRECISION BASS ; NOTHING LIKE THE STRONG AND SPACIOUS FEEL OF ITS NECK. AND NOTHING EQUALS THE DEEPLY SATISFYING GUTTURAL GROWL, MIDRANGE PUNCH AND SINGING HIGH END OF A JAZZ BASS , WITH ITS CURVACEOUS OFFSET BODY AND FAST, SLENDER NECK. AND HOW ABOUT THE ENORMOUS BEST-OF-BOTHWORLDS VERSATILITY OF THE JAGUAR BASS, OR THE STUDENT-FRIENDLY REACH OF A MUSTANG BASS? IN SOUND, LOOK, FEEL AND MORE, FENDER HAS ALL THE BASSES COVERED. ®
In sound, look, feel and more, Fender has all the basses covered
A look at the models
Our first was the world’s first THE PRECISION BASS (1951) PROFOUNDLY TRANSFORMED THE SOUND OF POPULAR MUSIC AND LIBERATED MUSICIANS FROM THE UNWIELDY CONFINES OF THE UPRIGHT BASS, CREATING A NEW KIND OF MUSICIAN IN THE PROCESS—THE ELECTRIC BASSIST. IT QUICKLY BECAME THE WORLDWIDE STANDARD FOR TONE, POWER, PERFORMANCE AND EXCELLENCE. TODAY MORE THAN EVER, OUR FIRST BASS REMAINS THE FIRST WORD IN ELECTRIC BASS. A MUST-HAVE. Notable features:
One split-single-coil pickup placed in just the right spot is the heart of the formidable Precision Bass tone. Other pickup types and configurations impart even more tonal power and character. The two-horned contoured body is balanced and comfortable—and is also one of the great original Fender ® looks. A classic then and now. The Precision Bass neck is thick, wide and rock solid for a sure grip and comfortable feel.
Notable players: Eric Avery, Bob Babbitt, Bill Black, Douglas “Dee Dee Ramone” Colvin, John Deacon, Kim Deal, Mike Dirnt, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Bernard Edwards, John Entwistle, Bruce Foxton, Matt Freeman, Simon Gallup, Colin Greenwood, Steve Harris, Dusty Hill, James Jamerson, Alex James, Carol Kaye, Phil Lynott, Glen Matlock, Graham Maby, Duff McKagan, Nate Mendel, Mike Mills, Pino Palladino, Joe Principe, Chuck Rainey, Tyson Ritter, Andy Rourke, Troy Sanders, Ben Shepherd, Paul Simonon, Sting, Bruce Thomas, Roger Waters, Willie Weeks, Pete Wentz, John Wetton, Brian Wilson, Tom “T-Bone” Wolk
Sleek and supercharged with dual pickups, a slim neck and a curvaceous offset waist THE JAZZ BASS HAS RULED THE WORLD OF ELECTRIC BASS EVER SINCE FENDER INTRODUCED IT IN 1960. ITS VERSATILE AND UNMISTAKABLE TONE ENCOMPASSES A GUTTURAL GROWL WITH KNOCKOUT MIDRANGE PUNCH AND SINGING HIGH END. THIS, ALONG WITH EFFORTLESSLY SMOOTH FEEL AND OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE QUICKLY MADE THE JAZZ BASS THE NUMBER-ONE INSTRUMENT FOR BASSISTS IN ALL STYLES WORLDWIDE—A STATUS IT CONTINUES TO ENJOY TO THIS DAY. ®
Distinctive offset-waist body shape isn’t just curvaceously cool looking— it’s also remarkable balanced and naturally comfortable. Two expressive single-coil pickups provide the midrange growl and clear high end for which the Jazz Bass is prized. Other pickup options provide even more tonal character and versatility. The fast, slender Jazz Bass neck is ideal for fast-paced, fleet-fingered passages. Notable players: Victor Bailey, Adam Clayton, Tim Commerford, Herbie Flowers, Reggie Hamilton, Mark Hoppus, James Johnston, John Paul Jones, Greg Lake, Geddy Lee, Marcus Miller, Joe Osborn, Jaco Pastorius, Noel Redding, Sting, Verdine White, Chris Wolstenholme, D’arcy Wretzky
Short-scale Fender bass models date back to the Mustang Bass (1966) ®
IT WAS THE LAST FENDER BASS GUITAR DESIGNED BY LEO FENDER HIMSELF AND FOUND ITS WAY INTO THE HANDS OF BEGINNERS AND PROS ALIKE AS A SMALL INSTRUMENT WITH A BIG SOUND AND AN IDENTITY ALL ITS OWN. IT REMAINS THE QUINTESSENTIAL SHORT-SCALE FENDER BASS MODEL TODAY IN A HANDFUL OF SPIRITED MODELS TAILORED TO THE NEEDS OF MODERN BASS PLAYERS, BEGINNERS AND VETERANS ALIKE.
The Mustang still has its most classic design features—a small and comfortably offset body and a short scale (30”) ideal for the reach of students and beginners. While physically small, the Mustang Bass gets a big sound from its distinctive split singlecoil pickup design.
Notable players: Trevor Bolder, John Deacon, Jason Falkner, Colin Moulding, Chris Murphy, Fred Smith, Wally Waller, Mikey Way, Tina Weymouth, Bill Wyman
The Jaguar Bass (2006) gave a stylish design nod to 1962’s Fender Jaguar guitar ®
WHILE FIRMLY ESTABLISHING ITSELF AMONG PLAYERS EVERYWHERE AS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND ACCLAIMED FENDER BASS DESIGN IN THE HALF CENTURY SINCE THE PRECISION AND THE JAZZ. WITH ITS SLEEK CHROMED-OUT LOOK, WEALTH OF ONBOARD CONTROLS AND GREAT TONAL VERSATILITY, IT WAS SUCH A BASS HIT THAT IT QUICKLY PROLIFERATED INTO SPECIALIZED VARIATIONS INCLUDING SHORT-SCALE AND HUMBUCKING-PICKUP-EQUIPPED MODELS. Notable features:
The Jaguar Bass has a sleek, balanced and comfortable offset contoured body that stylishly evokes its 1962 electric guitar ancestor. The dual-pickup Jaguar Bass is Fender’s most tonally sophisticated bass, with three chrome plates housing active/passive, series/parallel and pickup on/off switching, plus dual-circuit volume and tone controls. Other Jaguar Bass models offer different pickup and control configurations. Jaguar basses features slim, fast necks and maple and rosewood fingerboards, with stylish block inlays and traditional dot inlays. Notable players: Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Stefan Olsdal, Pino Palladino, Tyson Ritter, Troy Sanders, Nick Seymour, Simon Young
A look at the Series
STANDARD Since 1987, Fender ® Standard series basses have steadfastly fulfilled their mainstay role as instruments that deliver great Fender sound, classic looks and smooth feel without breaking the bank. These are attainable workhorse Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® models, all of which combine time-honored traditional design with contemporary features that continually make them performers with excellent value.
Fender introduced its seismic-sounding Blacktop Precision Bass and Jazz Bass models in 2011, expanding the sonic horizons of both time-honored instruments with dual humbucking pickups on the former and a powerful pair of split single-coil pickups on the latter.
CLASSIC The Classic series traces its origins to 1999 as a more affordable take on the U.S.-made American Vintage series. Its current Precision Bass, Jazz Bass and Mustang ® Bass models are built with period-correct specifications and features from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
AMERICAN SPECIAL The American Special Precision Bass and Jazz Bass models were introduced in 2011 as an affordable pair of distinctive U.S.-made basses with upgraded features, including special pickups, circuitry, bridges and finishes.
AMERICAN STANDARD This is it: the heart of Fender and the two archetypal basses that have rocked the world for more than half a century— the Precision Bass and the Jazz Bass. The original American Standard series defined modern-era Fender quality from 1986 to 2000; the modern American Standard series debuted in 2008 and encompasses, pure and simple, the latest U.S.-built versions of two design classics.
AMERICAN DELUXE The American Deluxe series has merged the best of Fender tradition and modern innovation ever since its 1998 introduction. It infuses Fender’s two great time-honored basses—the Precision Bass and the Jazz Bass—with combinations of classic design elements and the latest technical advances and most sought-after appointments, such as special pickups and special wiring and control configurations.
AMERICAN VINTAGE The modern American Vintage series dates to 1998 and arose from the earlier U.S. Vintage series of the early 1980s. This series takes you back—these are archetypal U.S.-made Precision Bass and Jazz Bass models with authentically vintage specifications and meticulously period-correct features from landmark years during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
FENDER SELECT Fender Select series basses combine more than six decades of Fender experience and expertise with a wealth of highend features and elegant design options for discerning musicians everywhere. With choice tone woods, figured tops, strikingly beautiful finishes, figured and quartersawn maple necks, compound-radius fingerboards, specially voiced Fender Select pickups and other first-rate features, U.S.-made Fender Select basses are Fender’s top of the line.
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