火曜日, 6月 22, 2004

Careful with that axe, Eugene (part VI)

"...i ask those who have something against mexican-made fenders, who did you think leo fender hired at his fullerton plant in the 50's and 60's?"
-anon.

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this is my fender standard series jazz bass. i bought it in 2001 because of a gig i was gonna play in. you heard right. besides, i really 'needed' a bass guitar anyway. i had my heart on the '75 jazzes but the american vintage reissues would've costed me an arm and a leg. in the late 90's, the japanese factory had a cheaper version of the '75, with block inlays and all. probably costed at about 25% of the american ones. well, it's too late for that as they don't make 'em in the land of the risin' sun no more.

bummer.

the reason i chose the jazz over the precision was due to its slimmer neck. it was really comfortable to play those tunes that i had learn over the span of a week (entered a battle of the bands in leeds). it was a tad lighter than the american ones as the body was made of poplar. still sounded gorgeous. in later gigs, this jazz bass had been pummelled by the likes of liza and firr (suck and sun redd sun, respectively). hey, the whole band had to use branded gear, right? [i make no apologies here. if people can dress up in armani to look good, we do the same to sound good...hah!] riki the kiasu king of sun redd sun can attest to this.

like most of my other musical possessions, it hasn't been gigged for about a year now, although we do use it for the odd sesh now and then.