Fender set the standard with the Precision Bass in 1951, following it up the Jazz Bass in 1960. This week we’re taking a look at a bass that sleekly blends the two icons: the Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass. The blacked out bass features a slender basswood body fitted with a P/J pickup configuration.
Contoured for comfort, the Aerodyne’s top has cream binding to accent the all black body. It skips out on a pickguard and even has a black Stratocaster output jack for good measure. The bass’s maple neck has a “C” profile and is topped by a 7.25″-radius stained rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets and no inlays.
The hardware, which includes a 4-saddle bridge and knurled dome knobs, is finished in smoked chrome. The Standard Single-Coil Jazz Bass and Standard Split Single-Coil Precision Bass pickups are matched to passive electronics with separate volume controls and a master tone knob.Strings: 4 Construction: Bolt-on Body: Basswood Binding: Cream Neck: Maple Fingerboard: Stained Rosewood Inlay: Side Dots Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo Nut: Synthetic Bone Pickups: Standard Single-Coil Jazz Bass, Standard Split Single-Coil Precision Bass Electronics: Passive Bridge: 4-Saddle Standard Tuners: Standard Open-Gear Finish: Urethane Other Features: