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Fender Custom Shop 1963 Jazz Bass Heavy Relic Desert Sunset Truetone Color Set With Case

SKU 08FCS056
by Fender
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Original price $ 4,750.00 - Original price $ 4,750.00
Original price
$ 4,750.00
$ 4,750.00 - $ 4,750.00
Current price $ 4,750.00

Fender Custom Shop

Truetone Color Set - Desert Sunset

Introduced in 1960 as Fender’s new “deluxe” bass guitar model, the Jazz Bass® featured a sleek offset body, a notably slim neck, two pickups and controls that provided a wealth of tonal options. Gorgeous and versatile, it was an immediate bass hit. The Jazz Bass has continued to change over the years, but for many, stepping back to how it was done in the 60's is the way to go.  The Fender Custom Shop excels at recreating the look, feel and sound of these guitars, often with special tweaks.  That's where we decided to go with this one.  

As part of a close partnership with the Fender Custom Shop, Truetone Music cooked up an exclusive run of guitars, known as "Truetone Color Sets".  It's where we do a quartet of instruments - Strat, Tele, Jazzmaster and Jazz bass - all in the same color, as a matching set.  For the colors, we picked unique ones that are rarely ever seen.  In this case, it's Desert Sunset, one of the coolest and most vibrant colors that the Custom Shop offers, and one that is rarely seen.  We believe that this is the first Heavy Relic Jazz Bass done in this color.

This Custom Shop '63 Jazz Bass is a testament to their ability to pull off vintage recreations with modern playability.  It features a period correct 60 "U" neck shape, classic vintage-voiced pickups, and a mostly otherwise traditional design.  We went with a 9.5" radius and Narrow Tall (6105) frets - this is one of the most common and popular modifications to vintage-styled instruments out of the Custom Shop.  The rock solid quartersawn maple neck is perfectly worn in as well, making this a very comfortable bass to play.  We love how the Custom nailed the back of the neck.  It's a great feel, and the look matches the body.

The two-piece alder body  wears a Heavy Relic lacquer finish.  This gives it the look and feel of a guitar that’s endured serious use over decades, but stood the test of time and only got cooler with age.   The Custom Shop really went to town on this one, creating a great example of what a Heavy Relic should be.  We were honestly blown away when we opened the case for the first time - not only did they nail it, the result was even more stunning than we expected.  Due to how Desert Sunset is created, this guitar ended up looking like a color over color finish treatment.  It's simply unreal.  The guitar has the appearance of a vintage Jazz Bass that was played heavily over the years, worn in, and looking better than ever, in a color that you'll never otherwise see.  

For the pickups, we kept it real, going with the base model Custom Shop Vintage Jazz Bass pickup set.  These recreate the sound of a classic mid-60's Jazz bass and are versatile enough for a variety of styles of playing.  

Other features include a High Mass bridge, which is a favorite of ours and helps to improve tone & sustain.  It's topped off with vintage tuning machines, bone nut and 3-ply Parchment pickguard. Also includes a Custom Shop black hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

This is a special Jazz bass, as part of a Truetone-exclusive color set in Desert Sunset.  Come to Club Fender at Truetone Music to check it out, or order right here to have it shipped to your home.
  • Serial # R118778
  • Part # 9231014506
  • Weight: 9.1 lbs
  • Finish Package: Heavy Relic
  • Finish: Nitro Lacquer
  • Color: Desert Sunset
  • Pickguard: 3-ply Parchment
  • Neck Pickup: Vintage Jazz Bass
  • Bridge Pickup: Vintage Jazz Bass
  • Body: Alder
  • Sort for Lightweight
  • Neck: Quartersawn Maple
  • Tint: Medium
  • Fretboard: AAA Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: 60 J-Bass "U"
  • Frets: 20
  • Fretwire: Narrow Tall / 6105
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Neck Nut Width: 1.500"
  • Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: .790"
  • Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: .990"
  • Neck Butt Width: 2.500"
  • Tuners: Vintage
  • Nut: Bone
  • Bridge: Fender High Mass
  • Case: Custom Shop Black / Red Interior