Oh dear, I’m having a complete gear victim moment. Normally if a bass is a bit beaten up, you’d pay less for it. That is, unless it is one of those vintage treasures of course. But what about a bass that isn’t vintage, but is still beaten up enough to look road worn? Well, that’s the deal with the new Fender Road Worn series. New basses made to look like old. And with a price tag and quality more towards the vintage than the Squire end of the market.
I have to say, I’m really taken by them, particularly the 1960’s sunburst Jazz here. Just to add a twist to the mix, I’d like a 5 string version though. Yes, I know that makes absolutely no sense – and it isn’t going to happen – they didn’t have a 5 string in the 60s (although there was an early 5 string Jazz bass – much earlier than most people realise). I do like the distressed look. Anyway, check out the details on the Fender site. They are designed with a 1960’s vibe (nitrocellulose-lacquer finish to get ‘that’ look, with pickups to give the right sound and feel).
There is also a dedicated site: road worn basses and it is offering the chance to enter a competition to give you the gear to get on the road yourself. Oh, there’s a 50’s P Bass as well, for those of the P rather than the J bent!