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Up to 1966, the Jazz Bass sported a rosewood fingerboard with dot markers and an alder body. After the CBS takeover, it was given a bound fingerboard with block markers by August 1966. Around 1971, ash was used for the body and a maple fingerboard became standard. In 1975, the 4-bolt neck was changed to the Leo Fender designed and oft-maligned 3-bolt “Tilt Neck” system. The neck mounting reverted back to the 4-bolt design in 1981 and the model has remained relatively unchanged in its current production. The Jazz Bass is second in popularity only to the Precision Bass. The bass shown here is a transitional model with a bound neck with dot markers and oval tuning keys.


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