Fender Custom Shop 1961 Heavy Relic Jazz Bass - 3 Color Sunburst


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 prized by players worldwide. 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 comfort and perfect 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. Other 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. Also includes deluxe hardshell case, strap, string mutes and certificate of authenticity.

  • Serial Number: CZ565529
  • Weight: 9.2lbs
  • Model #:  9231012906

Product Specs


  • Color: 3-Color Sunburst
  • Country Of Origin: US
  • Orientation: Right-Hand
  • Platform: Custom Shop
  • Series: Time Machine™


  • Fingerboard Material: Flat-Laminated AAA Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Neck Butt Width: 2.500"
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: 1960 Jazz Bass® "U"
  • Neck Thickness: .790"
  • Neck Thickness 12th Fret: .990"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Micarta White Dot
  • Side Dots: White
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Truss Rod: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
  • Truss Rod Nut: Vintage-Style Slotted


  • Body: 2-Piece Select Alder
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Body Material: 2-Piece Select Alder
  • Body Shape: Jazz Bass®


  • Bridge: 4-Saddle Vintage Style with Threaded Steel Saddles
  • Control Knobs: Black "Witch Hat"
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt with Custom Shop "V" Logo
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Tortoiseshell
  • Strings: Nickel Plated Steel (.045-.105 Gauges)
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style


  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Single-Coil Jazz Bass®
  • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Single-Coil Jazz Bass®
  • Pickup Configuration: SS
  • Switching: N/A


  • Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity.


  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Headstock Thickness: 0.580"
  • Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)