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Fender introduced the Jazz Bass in 1960 as a "deluxe" model to augment the Precision Bass. Since it's debut the Jazz has stayed remarkably similar to it's original design.

There have however been many smaller changes over the years that are important not only to it's history but also has great year indicator for vintage bass buffs.

The 1960 Fender Jazz Bass had two single coil pickups with stacked knob concentric controls. The top knob would adjust the pickup volume and the bottom knob would adjust the tone of that pickup.

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When Leo Fender invented the first mass produced electric bass no one could have guessed that it would have such a massive impact on music. The first Precision basses looked liked over-sized Telecaster guitars.

With simple slab bodies and a not so powerful single coil pickup, the Precision Bass did not exactly burst on to the music scene with great success. Many bassists were skeptical of this new instrument and thought it wouldn't last.

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You've just sold your Fender bass online and now you have to ship it. For many people packing and shipping such a large and precious object can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't need to be.

I've personally shipped dozens of basses over the years with no issues at all.

If you follow these simple steps you can easily and safely pack and ship that Fender bass to it's new owner without much hassle.

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Some bass players impress us with their chops and fancy playing.

Willie Weeks does it with great tone, perfect time, and an uncanny ability to know exactly what to play and when for any given tune.

Of course Willie has the chops to play virtually anything, but it's how he uses his skills that sets him apart from many other bass players.

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Ask any two bass players about nitrocellulose versus polyurethane finishes and you'll often get a heated argument.

The debate over which finish is better has been raging for over 40 years now.

In one camp the feeling is that nitro finishes are better because they let the wood "breathe" and give the bass a more open, natural sound.

In the other camp they'll tell you that there's absolutely no difference between the two except that poly protects better.

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