NAMM 2013: Fender Releases New American Vintage Series Basses

by Guitar World Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at 11:57am

Fender has announced four bass additions to its acclaimed American Vintage series, all re-imagined to evoke the feel and sound of the original basses released between the late 1950s and early 1970s.

Available in 3-Color Sunburst, White Blonde, and Black, the American Vintage ’58 Precision Bass commemorates the first year in which the bass that started it all appeared in a 3-Color Sunburst finish.

That classic combination is now a longtime Fender tradition, and the ’58 American Vintage Precision Bass brings you other authentic features, including a lightweight alder body (Ash on White Blonde model), thick “C”-shaped maple neck with 20 vintage-style frets and black dot inlays, gold anodized aluminum pickguard with lacquer finish, and new American Vintage ’58 split single-coil pickup.

Also includes lower-mounted finger rest, vintage-style bridge with threaded steel “barrel” saddles, flat-top knurled chrome control knobs, reverse tuners, mounted chrome pickup and bridge covers, and more.

The year 1963 marks an important moment in Precision Bass history because that’s when a comfortable new round-laminated rosewood fingerboard first appeared on the bass that revolutionized the world of music.

That’s here on the new American Vintage ’63 Precision Bass, which evokes that year’s model with other authentic features, including a slightly wider “C”-shaped maple neck, clay-colored dot position inlays, three-ply mint green pickguard (four-ply tortoiseshell pickguard on 3-Color Sunburst model), new American Vintage ’63 split single-coil pickup, lower-mounted finger rest, vintage-style bridge with threaded steel “barrel” saddles, flat-top knurled chrome control knobs, reverse tuners, chrome pickup and bridge covers, auxiliary strap button on the back of the headstock, and more. Available in 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White, Faded Sonic Blue, and Frost Red.

The Jazz Bass acquired an even slimmer “C”-shaped maple neck in 1964. That’s what you’ll find on the American vintage ’64 Jazz Bass, which has other authentic features including a round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with 20 vintage-style frets and clay-colored dot inlays, three-ply white pickguard (four-ply tortoiseshell pickguard on 3-Color Sunburst and Olympic White models), new American Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, lower-mounted finger rest, vintage-style bridge with threaded steel “barrel” saddles, black plastic control knobs, reverse tuners, chrome pickup and “F”-stamped bridge covers with vintage-accurate positioning, auxiliary strap button on the back of the headstock, and more.

Available in 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White, Lake Placid Blue (with matching headstock), and Black.

Significant changes were afoot in 1974 for the Jazz Bass. The bridge pickup had been moved about half an inch closer to the bridge only the year before, and 1974 saw the last of the four-bolt necks for quite a while. Further, the slim “C”-shaped maple neck was re-sculpted with a meatier U-shaped profile (and acquired a walnut “skunk” stripe, white fingerboard binding and pearl block inlays made their first appearance, and black pickguards replaced their longstanding tortoiseshell predecessors.

The American Vintage ’74 Jazz Bass encompasses all of the above and is the sole member of the new American Vintage bass lineup to offer a choice of maple and round-laminated rosewood fingerboards, each with white binding, pearl block inlays and 20 vintage-style frets. Other authentic features include a urethane-finished alder body (ash on Natural-finish model), three-ply black/white/black pickguard (three-play white/black/white on Black model).

New American Vintage ’74 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, upper-mounted thumb rest, vintage-style bridge with single-groove steel “barrel” saddles, ‘70s-style “Fender”-stamped open-gear tuners, four-bolt “F”-stamped neck plate, chrome pickup and “F”-stamped bridge covers with vintage-accurate positioning, and more. Available in 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White, Black, and Natural.

For more information, visit fender.com.


Add a Comment
0 Comments

Similar Guitar News

Watch the birth of a Fender Stratocaster (4/14/2014)
Read more about Watch the birth of a Fender Stratocaster at MusicRadar.com 60 DAYS OF STRAT: If you've ever thought that building a guitar takes too darned long, then the above video should be right up your alley. A Strat Is Born, produced by Fe...
Fender Announces American Design Experience; Allows Musicians to Design Their Own Guitars and Basses (4/10/2014)
Fender has announced its American Design Experience, a new offering on Fender.com that allows musicians to design guitars and basses based on Fender’s instruments — the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass models. Consumers’ p...
Fender Announces Major League Baseball-Themed Stratocasters (4/8/2014)
Fender has announced its new line of MLB-themed electric guitars. Each Fender Stratocaster guitar will feature official team logos along with custom designed landmark imagery unique to the team’s market, as well as a “MLB” logo adorning the nec...
Fender stars join Learn To Play Day 2014 (4/1/2014)
Read more about Fender stars join Learn To Play Day 2014 at MusicRadar.com Lawson lead guitarist Joel Peat, and Lower Than Atlantis members Mike Duce (Guitar, Vocals), Dec Hart (Bass) and Ben Sansom (Guitar) will all be visiting Fender's Learn T...
Fender rolls out American Design Experience (3/19/2014)
Read more about Fender rolls out American Design Experience at MusicRadar.com Fender has unveiled its new design-your-own-guitar website, the Fender American Design Experience. The site allows you to design your own custom Telecaster, Stratocast...
Contest: Enter to Win a Fender Ukulele! (3/17/2014)
With springtime coming just around the corner (for some of you, anyway), what better instrument than the ukulele for strumming on the porch on a balmy day? Luckily, the folks at Fender agree and have partnered with us to offer one of their brand...
Musikmesse 2014: Fender rolls out new acoustics (3/14/2014)
Read more about Musikmesse 2014: Fender rolls out new acoustics at MusicRadar.com Musikmesse 2014: Fender has rolled out three affordable new acoustic models in Frankfurt. The new guitars, the F1000, F1020S and F1030S, bolster Fender's popular F...
The Neighbourhood's Zach Abels talks Fender Jazzmasters, tones and writing hits (3/7/2014)
Read more about The Neighbourhood's Zach Abels talks Fender Jazzmasters, tones and writing hits at MusicRadar.com Some artists know they have a hit the second a melody pops into their heads. Others claim to be totally surprised when one of their...
The history of the electric bass part two: beyond Fender (2/25/2014)
Read more about The history of the electric bass part two: beyond Fender at MusicRadar.com BASS EXPO 2014: In spite of Fender having set a high standard with the Precision, it was not producing vast quantities at
Fender joins Learn To Play Day 2014 (2/11/2014)
Read more about Fender joins Learn To Play Day 2014 at MusicRadar.com Fender have thrown their not-inconsiderable weight behind Learn to Play Day, and annual event which offers thousands of free lessons to beginner or lapsed musicians across the...
NAMM 2014: Fender unveils Nile Rodgers Hitmaker Stratocaster (1/24/2014)
Read more about NAMM 2014: Fender unveils Nile Rodgers Hitmaker Stratocaster at MusicRadar.com NAMM 2014: Definitely one of the coolest and most iconic signature models we've seen emerge this year, the Fender Custom Shop Nile Rodgers Hitmaker St...
NAMM 2014: Fender rolls out FVP-1 passive volume pedal (1/24/2014)
Read more about NAMM 2014: Fender rolls out FVP-1 passive volume pedal at MusicRadar.com NAMM 2014: Another short, but sweet announcement from the Fender folks - the firm has debuted a durable-looking passive volume pedal, dubbed the FVP-1. See ...
NAMM 2014: Fender debuts Rumble Series bass amps (1/24/2014)
Read more about NAMM 2014: Fender debuts Rumble Series bass amps at MusicRadar.com NAMM 2014: Fender has unveiled a new line of portable bass amp combos and heads, named the Rumble Series, which offer up to 500 watts of power in lightweight desi...
NAMM 2014: Fender unveils Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster (1/23/2014)
Read more about NAMM 2014: Fender unveils Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster at MusicRadar.com NAMM 2014: Fender has unveiled the Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster. The Queens Of The Stone Age man has teamed up with Fender to produce a dark and, frankly, del...
NAMM 2014: Fender launches Kurt Cobain Jaguar (1/23/2014)
Read more about NAMM 2014: Fender launches Kurt Cobain Jaguar at MusicRadar.com NAMM 2014: Fender has unveiled an new version of the Kurt Cobain Jaguar.The new model is essentially an NOS take on Cobain's modded 1965 Jaguar, and features an alde...
NAMM 2014: Fender Custom Shop introduces the Faded Tennessee Orange Hollow-Body Tele (1/22/2014)
Read more about NAMM 2014: Fender Custom Shop introduces the Faded Tennessee Orange Hollow-Body Tele at MusicRadar.com NAMM 2014: Fender Custom Shop has introduced the Faded Tennessee Orange Hollow-Body Tele. The eye-catching Tele, which has bee...