Fender Custom Shop Jason Smith Masterbuilt 1962 Jazz Bass J-Bass Relic Fiesta Red

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Fender Custom Shop Jason Smith Masterbuilt 1962 Jazz Bass J-Bass Relic Fiesta Red


A Custom Shop veteran and son of longtime Fender R&D legend Dan Smith, Jason Smith grew up on Fender—“It has always been in my family,” he said, “And I was always extremely interested in everything my father did.”

Born in Rochester, N.Y., and raised in California, Smith remembers meeting guitar greats from about age five on through his father’s work with Fender—Eric Clapton, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Beck and Robben Ford, to name only a few. He went to his first big rock concert at age six—Rush—and Smith remembers going backstage with his dad and meeting Geddy Lee after the show. Before he was even in his teens, Smith was going to see Pink Floyd, ZZ Top and many other major artists.

Rock music and Fender are part of his DNA. Smith joined the Fender Custom Shop in 1995, and in 2006 completed a five-year apprenticeship under acclaimed Senior Master Builder John English. Among many diverse projects with English, Smith worked on a pair of double-neck Stratocaster guitars for Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo. He has since crafted fine instruments for players and acts including John 5, Michael Landau, Flea, Josh Klinghoffer, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Reggie Hamilton, Linkin Park, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Neon Trees and many others.


The early 1962 Jazz Bass is perhaps one the most sought-after vintage versions of the instrument, with the rare combination of four stacked concentric control knobs and a flat-lam rosewood fingerboard. A two-piece select alder body wears a nicely worn Relic finish, and the quartersawn maple neck has a ’60s-style “J Bass U” profile, 7.25” fingerboard radius and 20 vintage upgrade (45085) frets.

Custom Shop Vintage Jazz Bass pickups deliver perfect low end, and a period-correct four-ply brown shell nitrocellulose pickguard lends vintage charm. Other features include a four-saddle vintage-style bridge, vintage-style tuning machines and a bone nut. Also includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

ModelFender Custom Shop Jason Smith Masterbuilt 1962 Jazz Bass
BuilderFender Custom Shop - Jason Smith
Body TypeSolid Body
Body WoodAlder
Finish TypeNitrocellulose Lacquer
Finish ColorFiesta Red
Neck WoodQuartersawn Maple
FingerboardAAA Rosewood 9mm
Neck Carve1960 Jazz Bass® "U"
Scale Length34" (86.36 cm)
Neck Dimensions.790'' - .990''
Neck Radius7.25''
Frets20 - Vintage Upgrade(45085)
Nut Width1.500''
Nut MaterialBone
Neck PickupCustom Shop Vintage Jazz Bass Rhythm
Bridge PickupCustom Shop Vintage Jazz Bass Lead
Pickguard4-Ply Brown Shell
Bridge4-Saddle Vintage-Style
TunersVintage Style
ControlsVolume, Tone ,Blend
Case Fender Custom Shop G&G Black Tolex Hardshell Case
Weight9.45 Pounds (9 lbs 7 oz)