Fender 60th Anniversary Jazz Bass review

A greatest hits Jazz Bass featuring the best of six decades' worth of specs

Fender 60th Anniversary Jazz Bass
(Image: © Fender)

Guitar World Verdict

Stellar sounds and style, worth the extra expense, the 60th Anniversary Jazz Bass doesn't set out to replicate a vintage model but rather gathers together some of the classic spec for a supremely well made bass that proves why the design has lasted the test of time.


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    Tonal variety.

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    Outstanding playability.

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    Meticulous build.

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    Classic looks.


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    Unnecessary pickup covers, tug bar, and headstock strap button.

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The Fender Jazz Bass is celebrating its 60th birthday this year, but it isn’t making any retirement plans soon, as it remains as vital, popular, and essential as ever. In celebration of this milestone, Fender is offering the 60th Anniversary Jazz as a limited production run. 

This commemorative model is not a reproduction of any particular vintage Jazz, but rather a hybrid of sorts that combines several features from throughout the Sixties. Could this be the bass guitar for the '60s-style J-Bass aficionado?   

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.