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. The Jazz Bass evolved in a number of subtle ways throughout the 60s with major changes coming during the CBS Fender buyout of 1965. By 1971, Fender offered updated fingerboard options including maple with block inlays.
F Series - CBS Era 1965 - 1976
After the CBS purchase of Fender in 1965, the factory switched to a new serial sequence with numbers that continued the same general format used prior to the takeover. These are generally referred to as F series due the large Fender branded F on the neckplates of the era. This period also saw a switch from the orginal four-bolt neckplate of the '60s to a three-bolt neckplate in just one example of cost-saving costs introduced under CBS.
|300000 to 340000||1971|
As the first production model bass guitar, the Fender Precision bass was an absolutely revolutionary instrument upon its introduction in 1951. The Precision or P Bass evolved throughout the ‘50s with changing electronics, body shape, and cosmetic details. P Basses from after the CBS Fender buyout of 1965 (which brought more of a mass-production style of construction) are of less interest to collectors than their earlier counterparts.
Years of Production: 1951 - present
This is a VINTAGE bass from 1978 that appears to be all original with the exception of the finish. This bass has been refinished with clear over the natural wood of the instrument.
Years of Production: 1959 - 1979
Unique to this Era: Starting in late '69, Gibson used a slotted style headstock on the EB-0.
Body Style: Double cutaway solidbody
Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard
Design Elements: Humbucker pickup, 30 1/2-inch scale length, dot inlays, slotted headstock
Finish Specifications: Cherry Red was the only standard finish offered on the EB-0 until 1971.
Notable Players: Jack Bruce, David Knights, Mike Watt