Here's a beautiful custom made Jazz bass that I built to 1966 specifications. All of my basses are built to order, so it’s extremely rare that I have time to build one and list it for sale, but I built this one with my own personal preferences and the way that I feel a vintage jazz bass should be. To give you a little info of my background, I have been building electric guitars and basses (as well as restoring them) since 1973. I’ve been playing bass since 1967 and worked as a consultant to Leo Fender when he started G&L with George Fullerton. I also designed the BC Rich Mockingbird, way back in December of 1975.
This bass has a two piece (centerline) lightweight swamp ash body and is painted with 100% nitrocellulose lacquer in “Mary Kaye’ transparent blonde. The neck is a Fender licensed neck by Allparts, but I have completely reshaped it to a 60’s profile and added rollover to the fingerboard edges for comfort. The original 2mm side dots were re-drilled and replaced with 3/32” ones, and then I shot the neck with a slight amber tinted high gloss nitro lacquer. My 'Kallas' logo decal is applied on top of the finish on the headstock in the same manner as the '60's basses. This bass has an absolutely perfectly straight neck, with low action and in my opinion, plays, sounds and feels like a vintage jazz bass should (I own several originals). It includes a brand new padded Fender deluxe bass gig bag.
If you’re looking to buy a Jazz Bass that captures the tone, look and feel of a ’66, then this is the bass for you, at a fraction of the cost of an original one. All of my clients have stated that my basses far surpass anything made in the Fender Custom Shop and play better than their vintage counterparts.
Handmade lightweight swamp ash jazz bass body (4lbs 5 oz), 100% nitro paint - Mary Kaye trans blonde
100% genuine Fender USA vintage reissue hardware including Fender American Vintage RI '62 jazz bass pickups with cloth wiring.
Brass shield plates in the pickup and control plate cavities
Fender CTS pots, Switchraft jack and NOS Fender Cornell-Dubilier capacitor
Allparts licensed Jazz bass block/bound rosewood board neck, stripped and shaved to a 60's fender profile with rolled edges.
3/32" side dots installed w/ nitro amber tint high gloss finish
Fender cyclovac nut
Gotoh vintage style custom lollipop nickel plated tuners
Fender AV RI 4 ply celluloid tortoise pickguard, dyed to vintage reddish tint and polished
Pickup covers and tug bar dulled to satin to for vintage appearance
D’addario ‘Prosteel’ stainless steel roundwond strings
weight: 8lbs 5oz (sans chrome covers)
I could go on and on about this bass, but pictures are worth 1000 words so please scroll down to view them. And thanks for looking!