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The select alder body is loaded with a pair of vintage Jazz Bass Single-coil pickups and shrouded in Jaco's 3-color sunburst nitrocellulose finish. The traditional Jazz Bass control knobs have been replaced by beefier knurled chrome P Bass® knobs. The neck joint is adorned with a special Jaco Tribute neck plate. Jaco's personal Jazz Bass was devoid of a pickguard, and the Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass is, as well, though it ships with a 4-ply brown shell pickguard (unmounted, but included in the case).
Much of the mythos surrounding Jaco's original Jazz Bass (dubbed the "Bass of Doom") is exactly what did he do to the neck during the fretted-to-fretless conversion? The widely held belief is that he ripped the frets out and patched the holes that remained with wood filler, and then coated the fingerboard with several coats of marine epoxy to withstand the use of roundwound strings. This FENDER® recreation of the "Bass of Doom" sports tidier white inlaid fretline markers in place of the suspected wood filler and the side dot position markers are centered between the fretlines. The Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass ships with Fender Stainless Steel Flatwound strings.
From the pickguardless body to the modified fretless neck, every detail of the "Bass of Doom" is painstakingly recreated here. Few bassists have left a mark as profound as Jaco Pastorius, with his ring of influence crossing all genres and barriers and inspiring legions of players to pick up the bass. The Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass is a fitting tribute to this masterful player, whose playing is heralded as some of the best the world has ever seen.