Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fender Custom Shop Announces 2015 Lineup


Fender Custom Shop Announces 2015 Lineup

Every year, Fender announces a new lineup from their Custom Shop that includes at least one bass. The 2015 series includes four basses: the Limited Edition 1955 Precision Bass, the Postmodern Precision Jazz Bass, the 1959 Journeyman Relic Precision Bass, and the 1960 Journeyman Jazz Bass.

As part of the Limited Edition series, the Limited Edition 1955 Precision Bass is only available for a short time. It’s an original-era version of the Precision that’s built with a lightweight ash body, a quartersawn maple neck, and a maple fingerboard. The model comes in Dirty White Blonde or Faded Two-Color Sunburst with relic finishes to give an aged look. Other features include a hand-wound ’55 Precision Bass split-coil pickup with chrome cover, an authentic reproduction bridge, and American Vintage tuning machines. Fender ships it in a blonde Limited Edition case containing a 1955 Fender Downbeat catalog insert reproduction.
 Fender Custom Shop’s Journeyman series includes both a Precision and a Jazz model. Both models include Fender’s “Journeyman” Relic lacquer finishes, which the company says “imparts the appearance of years of aging and light use without heavy wear and tear.” The Precision features a two-piece ash body in either Vintage Blonde or Faded Three-color Sunburst, while the Jazz features a two-piece alder body and comes in Aged Olympic White or Three-Color Sunburst. Each has a quartersawn maple neck topped with a rosewood fingerboard holding 20 frets. Fender includes period-correct pickups for both the Precision and Jazz as well as American Vintage tuning machines and reproduction bridges.



The 2015 Postmodern Precision Jazz Bass is the Custom Shop’s modern design that combines their two flagship models. It has a lightweight alder Precision Bass body fitted with a quartersawn maple Jazz bass neck featuring a ’60s “U” profile. Its “round-laminated” rosewoof fingerboard has a 7.25-inch radius and 20 medium jumbo frets. The pickup is a ’63 Precision split single-coil and is shielded by a vintage-style chrome cover. Other features include a three-ply parchment pickguard, a Custom Shop string-through-body RSD bridge, and American Deluxe tuning machines.
The new Fender Custom Shop 2015 models are built in Corona, California and are available now. The Limited Edition 1955 Precision Bass carries a street price of $3,900, while both Journeyman basses go for $3,125 and the Postmodern Precision goes for $2,900.

Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition 1955 Relic Precision Bass Specs:

Color:2-Color Sunburst, Dirty White Blonde
Body Material:Lightweight Ash
Body Finish:Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape:Precision Bass
Neck Material:Quartersawn Maple
Neck Finish:Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape:1955 Soft “V”
Scale Length:34″ (864 mm)
Fingerboard:Maple
Fingerboard Radius:7.25″ (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Vintage-Style
String Nut:Bone
Nut Width:1.7″ (43.2 mm)
Position Inlays:Black Dot
Pickup:Custom Shop Hand-Wound ’55 Single-Coil P Bass
Bridge:2-Saddle ’50s Vintage-Style with Steel Barrel-Style Saddles
Tuning Machines:Vintage-Style
Pickguard:1-Ply Eggshell
Included Accessories:Cable, Strap, CruzTools Tool Kit, 1955 Fender Downbeat Catalog. Limited Edition Case, Neck Plate, Decal, Certificate of Authenticity.

Fender Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Precision Bass Specs:

Color:Faded 3-Color Sunburst, Vintage Blonde
Body Material:Alder
Body Finish:Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape:Precision Bass
Neck Material:Quartersawn Maple
Neck Finish:Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape:’60s “C”
Scale Length:34″ (864 mm)
Fingerboard:Rosewood
Fingerboard:Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius:7.25″ (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Vintage-Style
String Nut:Micarta
Nut Width:1.75″ (44.45 mm)
Position Inlays:Black Dot
Pickup:Custom Shop ’59 Precision Bass
Controls:Master Volume, Master Tone
Bridge:2-Saddle Vintage-Style Precision Bass
Hardware Finish:Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines:Vintage-Style
Pickguard:Gold Anodized Aluminum
Strings:NPS, Gauges .045-.105
Included Accessories:Case, Cable, Strap, CruzTools Tool Kit, Certificate of Authenticity

Fender Custom Shop 1960 Journeyman Relic Jazz Bass Specs:

Color:Aged Olympic White, Three-Color Sunburst
Body Material:Alder
Body Finish:Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape:Jazz Bass
Neck Material:Quartersawn Maple
Neck Finish:Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape:’60s “U”
Scale Length:34″ (864 mm)
Fingerboard:Rosewood
Fingerboard:Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius:7.25″ (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Vintage-Style
String Nut:Micarta
Nut Width:1.5″ (38.1 mm)
Position Inlays:White Dot
Pickups:Custom Shop ’60s Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Controls:Stacked Concentric Controls Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Bridge:4-Saddle Vintage-Style
Hardware Finish:Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines:Vintage-Style
Pickguard:4-Ply Tortoiseshell
Included Accessories:Case, Cable, Strap, CruzTools Tool Kit, Certificate of Authenticity

Fender Custom Shop 2015 Postmodern Precision Jazz Bass Specs:

Color:Aged Olympic White, Three-Color Sunburst
Body Material:Alder
Neck Material:Quartersawn Maple
Neck Finish:Lacquer
Neck Shape:’60s “U”
Scale Length:34″ (864 mm)
Fingerboard:Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius:7.25″ (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Medium Jumbo
Pickups:Handwound ’63 Precision Bass Split Single-Coil
Bridge:RSD Deluxe Bass Bridge
Hardware Finish:Chrome
Tuning Machines:American Deluxe
Pickguard:3-ply Parchment
Included Accessories:Case, Cable, Strap, CruzTools Tool Kit, Certificate of Authenticity