Significant changes were afoot in 1974 for the Jazz Bass®. The bridge pickup had been moved about half an inch closer to the bridge only the year before, and 1974 saw the last of the four-bolt necks for quite a while. Further, the slim C-shaped maple neck was re-sculpted with a meatier U-shaped profile (and acquired a walnut "skunk" stripe), white fingerboard binding and pearl block inlays made their first appearance, headstock "bullet" truss rod nuts were first adopted, and black pickguards replaced their longstanding tortoiseshell predecessors.
The American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass encompasses many of the above features and is the sole member of the new American Vintage bass lineup to offer a choice of maple and round-laminated rosewood fingerboards, each with white binding, pearl block inlays and 20 vintage-style frets. Other authentic features include a urethane-finished alder body (ash on Natural-finish model), three-ply black/white/black pickguard (three-ply white/black/white on Black model), new American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, upper-mounted thumb rest, vintage-style bridge with single-groove steel "barrel" saddles, '70s-style "Fender"-stamped open-gear tuners, four-bolt "F"-stamped neck plate, chrome pickup and "F"-stamped bridge covers with vintage-accurate positioning, and more. Available in Three-colour Sunburst, Olympic White, Black and Natural.
Alder body or Ash body on Natural
Urethane body and neck finish
Maple, "U"-shape neck
Bound round-laminated rosewood fingerboard available on all colors; Bound 1-piece maple fingerboard available on Olympic White and Natural
20, Vintage-style frets
Bone string nut
Vintage-style heel adjust truss rod
American Vintage '74 Jazz bass single-coil bridge and neck pickups
American Vintage '70s Fender-stamped open-gear tuning machines
Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone controls
Black plastic control knobs
American Vintage bass bridge with single-groove steel "barrel" saddles
3-Ply Black/White/Black pickguard