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Jazz bass (serial no. L89716)

John Entwistle

Not on view

The Who’s John Entwistle used this 1965 Fender Jazz bass to record “My Generation,” among other songs, and also played it extensively on tour in 1965. The instrument is one of Entwistle’s earliest and most important basses; it helped distinguish the Who’s early sound and was the predecessor to his use of Fender P-basses. Introduced in 1960, the Jazz was the second electric bass guitar made by Fender, sporting an offset-waist body design similar to the one that the company introduced on its Jazzmaster model guitar a year earlier. The instrument’s single-coil pickups have a brighter midrange and treble sound than the P-bass and the upright bass.

Technical Description:
Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard; 34 in. scale; sunburst finish; bolt-on neck with dot inlays; gold Fender “transition” logo decal on headstock; two single-coil pickups, two volume controls and one tone control; chrome bridge and nickel tuners, three-ply white and black plastic pickguard, black plastic finger rest on upper treble bout; “ashtray” pickup covers removed

Jazz bass (serial no. L89716), Fender, Alder, maple, rosewood, chrome, nickel, plastic

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