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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.

Fender Custom Shop 2015 Limited Edition 1955 Precision Bass Relic

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 1960 Journeyman Relic Jazz Bass

Fender Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Precision Bass

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.

Fender Custom Shop 2015 Postmodern Precision Jazz Bass Red

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” rosewood 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

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dochoc

If I’m going to pay 3 to 4 grand its going to be on a bass that’s custom made ,not for the name Fender.

keith

keith

love the CS always i just wish they would put out a model with 9.5 radius

    Jonathan Aspegren Bormann

    Having played a number of custom shop fenders, I can honestly say I’d prefer any one of my local luthiers (in my case, Mørch, Celinder or Rahbek), when it comes to feel, playability and tone. Also comes with the added benefit of specifying all the details yourself, such as the radius. IMO you’d be better off just doing that :b

dochoc

Its easy to be rude !!!

dochoc

When I was 17 the very first bass I picked up was a 1969 Fender Precession bass and I had no idea what I was holding at the time and how much it would be worth now at age 59. So my entire life I wanted to buy a Fender bass. This past Christmas I finally bought a Fender Jazz bass and I’m very pleased with it ,its easy to play, feels , looks and sounds great.

The Limited Edition Series shown here are nice , but its time Fender produces a bass new and exciting. I’m praying before I turn 60 this will indeed happen .

Sorry if my reply about Fender on this string of replies offended anyone.
It wasn’t my intentions to upset people or the nice people at the Fender company.

Mark S Beretta

    Mike Cee

    Mike Cee

    Mark,

    Your replies are not offensive and you should not apologize. I am glad you were able to own a Fender bass and I hope you get your dream at 60. My wife just gave me a 64 Vintage Reissue for my 60’s birthday in Lake Placid blue, I love it.

    Take care.

      dochoc

      Mike,

      It seems I rub certain people the wrong way and its not my intentions. But the two guys that replied rudely to me , one saying I might be gay ,which I’m not , isn’t the first time this has happened, it happens a lot. What they don’t know is when I was 28 I was in roll over car accident that damaged my cervical spine when the roof collapsed and I received head injuries. I try my best to fit in, but some people are just rude, its okay I don’t let it get me down , even though I don’t understand.

      I’m happy your wife gave you a really nice bass. My Fender is Lake Placid blue and it sounds great thru my Peavey Minx Amp I bought in 1988. This past year I’ve gotten better on bass, and this new Fender has helped a great deal ,but the ghost notes allude me while playing slap style, all I can do is keep practicing.

      Thanks’ for being nice to me,
      Mark

        Graham

        Graham

        Dude, nothing you said was out of line. It’s the internet, and any expressed opinion is likely to get immature responses. When you add Fender basses to the mix, it’s all but guaranteed. If you say you love everything about Fender, some folks will complain, and if you say anything even remotely negative about Fender, others will complain.

        I’m sorry to hear about the challenges you’ve had to face, but I wouldn’t worry about how people see you online. It’s the nature of everybody having a voice that the idiots get noticed. Like I said, nothing that you typed above is out of order in any way, and so you’re like the rest of us: wondering why some people resort to insults at every opportunity. Don’t take it personally, they’re certainly not worth the energy.

        On topic, I agree with you: I wouldn’t pay that much for a Custom Shop Fender either. I’ve got a Mexican Jazz, a Road Word Jazz, and an American Standard P, and they’re all great instruments. But for that kind of money, I’ll take a Sadowski.

        Keep on keepin’ on….

        Graham

          dochoc

          dochoc

          Graham,

          Thanks’ for your reply , this reminds me there are still a lot of good people in this world.
          I should know better than to let negative personal replies get to me.

          Now some idiot is using my name writing with a reply using dochoc jr. ,,, true idiots with too much time on their hand’s.

          Have you seen the latest TV commercial on Victory Secret’s with a very pretty young lady advertising underwear.

          They play a old song from David Essex called “ROCK ON” written back in 1973, can you tell me what their using to make that sound at the beginning of the song, and what bass string their using, this is the link to the song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liWIbE1gQTk

          DOC.HOC.

          dochoc

          dochoc

          Graham,

          Thanks’ for your reply , this reminds me there are still a lot of good people in this world. I should know better than to let negative personal replies get to me.

          Now some idiot is using my name writing with a reply using dochoc jr. true idiots with too much time on their hand’s.

          Have you seen the latest TV commercial on Victory Secret’s with a very pretty young lady.
          They play a old song from David Essex called “ROCK ON” written back in 1973, can you tell me what their using to make that sound at the beginning of the song, and what bass string their using, this is the link to the song –

          DOC.HOC.

tom

tom

you mispelled rosewood to rosewoof in this article.

Aaron Chesler

Love Fender basses. I never required a custom bass, but I have always setup my basses for my style of playing. I have been using a real deal 1960, well worn, Jazz bass. I like the old school tone. I even take it on tour along with several backup basses. Check out http://www.csnsongs.com if you like CSN&Y