Dating fender jazz bass
Fender started developing instruments for the student market as early as the mid 1950s, when its no-frills single-pickup Musicmaster and two-pickup 3/4-size Duo-Sonic models were introduced, both with 221/2″ scales until ’65, when they adopted a 24″ scale (and a “II” designation in their name).
An upgrade student model, the two-pickup/24″-scale Mustang came along in ’64 sporting an offset waist and vibrato tailpiece.
Following the Mustang’s lead, the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic were given an offset-waist silhouette around the same time.
While the earlier Bass VI had a 30″ scale, Fender didn’t market a short-scale four-string bass until after the company had been sold to CBS in ’65.
In the early 1980s, Japanese labor and production costs were much lower than in America and to compete with the Japanese made guitars, Fender moved the lower priced Fender guitar production from America to Japan.
Fender were also losing sales in Japan to Japanese guitar brands such as Tōkai, Greco and Fernandes, and the establishment of Fender Japan would benefit Fender sales in Japan as well as overseas.
Fender® Musical Instrument Corporation and Direct Imports (NZ) Ltd have had an association and partnership for well over 38 years.
Direct Imports is very proud to be the exclusive distributor of Fender® products in New Zealand.
The lower priced Fender guitars were made in America and could not compete with the lower prices of Japanese made Fender copies.Today, the FMIC® family includes several other distinctive musical instrument brands: Charvel®, Gretsch®, Guild®, Jackson®, Olympia®, Orpheum®, SWR®, Squier® and Tacoma®.FMIC® also manufactures a complete line of professional audio equipment under the Fender® brand, including the innovative Passport® portable sound system. facilities are located in Arizona, California, Tennessee and Washington, with international facilities in England, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Sweden Fender®, Stratocaster®, Strat®, Telecaster®, Tele®, Precision Bass®, P Bass®, Jazz Bass®, J Bass® and the distinctive headstock and body designs of these guitars are trademarks of Fender Musical Instrument Corporation. Visit their website for a full product listing and more information or contact us directly.I love blonde and sunburst finishes but my favorite guitars are the vintage Fender custom colors with matching headstocks.If you’re having difficulty dating and identifying your vintage Fender guitar then use the contact form on the right side of the page to send some pictures. We specialize in accurately dating vintage Fender guitars and amplifiers.
Everyone from beginners and hobbyists to the world’s most acclaimed artists and performers have used Fender instruments and amps, in the process making the company not only a revered music industry name, but also a cultural icon.