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  1. Curt J. Seeliger Jr.
    Curt J. Seeliger Jr. at |

    Jaco’s “Bass of Doom” was a 62 Jazz #64437 (as reported). The neckplate serial# in the Bass Player Magazine Jaco Bass shown is #57308, which was from a 60 Jazz….. (as reported). Are there “Basses of Doom”?? I always thought the 62 Jazz #64437 was “THE” Bass of Doom.

    Thanks, Curt jaco-fan

  2. Keith
    Keith at |

    If you go to youtube and look at the clip “Jaco Pastorius Havona” you can see some photos of the bass before it was repaired. I don’t think there are any that show the neck plate but it is still interesting to see the body in two parts and the neck in three before someone did the miracle work on it.

  3. Kevin Bell
    Kevin Bell at |

    Jaco owned several jazz basses in his time. Jazz bass serial number 64437 was indeed “The Bass of Doom”. It still has not been found. It is a 1962 Fender Jazz, sunburst, very worn and yes..SORRY.. IT IS STILL MISSING!

    Now for the bass described and found.. It was Jaco’s bass, serial number 57308, was infact his main bass BUT NOT THE 62 “BASS OF DOOM”! It is a 1960 Fender Jazz bass, also sunburst and very worn. This was Jaco’s main bass on tour with Joni Mitchell; it can be seen and heard on her Shadows and Light album and DVD.

    Other basses include the following:

    1967 Fender Jazz
    Fifteen-year-old Jaco got his first electric bass, a new sunburst Fender Jazz with binding and pearl blocks, in 1967. He strung it with La Bella flatwounds and played it through a Sunn amp in Las Olas Brass, and with the organ trio Woodchuck. It was his main electric until 1971.

    Upright Bass
    Jaco’s father, Jack Pastorius, gave Jaco his first upright around the same time he received his first electric. Jaco later acquired a second upright, which he played throughout high school and until around 1974. He loved the sound but found the instrument’s upkeep frustrating. Eventually, he traded it for a 60 Jazz Bass.

    1960 Fender Jazz, SN 026100
    Jaco’s ’67 Jazz was louder, but he preferred the smoother, sweeter sound of the black ’60 stack-knob with clay dots on a rosewood neck. Jaco eventually sold this instrument-refretted-to bassist/guitarist John Paulus for $425 around 1971.

    1974 acoustic bass guitar
    Jaco and luthier Larry Breslin co-designed a fretless, 5-string acoustic bass guitar with a high C string; upon completion, Jaco paid Breslin $500. It featured a 34″-scale neck with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with maple veneer fretmarkers, Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a spruce top. Jaco strung it with Rotosound roundwounds. In later years, the headstock broke off and Jaco brought the bass to Kaufman. He still has it.

    Early ’60s Fender Jazz, SN 82429
    During his 1982 Word of Mouth tour of Japan, Jaco threw this bass into Hiroshima Bay; Ibanez Guitars then refinished it natural. Shigeru Uchiyama’s photographs of Jaco and this bass appear in promotional material for the live Twins and Invitation albums, on the back cover of Invitation , and on BP ‘s Jan/Feb ’91 cover. According to Kaufman, Jaco didn’t like this bass as much as the others. Its whereabouts are unknown.

    1963 Fender Jazz, SN L14769
    The opening shot of Jaco’s DCI instructional video, Modern Electric Bass , shows Jaco slotting the nut on this bass. The original neck was being repaired at the time, so Jaco installed a ’70s Fender Precision neck on the Jazz body. This bass wound up at Albert Molinaro’s Guitars R Us shop in Los Angeles and was sold to a collector with the original and the P-Bass necks.

    1960 Fender Jazz
    Longtime Buddy Guy bassist Greg Rzab bought one of Jaco’s final Jazz Basses from the Pastorius family ** in 1994. Rzab played the bass, apparently used by Jaco during a six-month stretch of intense practicing in 1986, on Guy’s 1994 album Slippin’ In . “I used it on ‘Lover with a Feeling,’ and it was really alive in the studio-the notes and harmonics jumped out of that bass.” Greg eventually sold it to a good friend-a famous bassist who chooses to remain anonymous. “It’s in good hands and being kept safe.”

    I too was very excited to know the “Bass of Doom” was found but in fact, the bass found did belong to Jaco and was played by the Master, but the “Bass of Doom” is still strouded in mystery and HAS NOT BEEN FOUND!

    Bass 57308, a 1960 Jazz, did not have the nickname but it is 100% one of Jaco’s basses and that should mean nearly as much as finding the the beloved 64437 1962.

    There is still hope!

    BEYOUANDSOMEDAYYOURLEGACYMAYLEAVE SUCHANIMPRESSIONONPEOPLEASJACODID***RESTINPEACE*

  4. Arne Petter Ugelvik
    Arne Petter Ugelvik at |

    Serial nr. 57308 was Jaco’s main fretted bass and he must have switched neckplates on the bass of doom and his 1960 fretted.

    The bass in the Bassplayer story is the rebuild fretless 1962 Bass of doom.
    The bass was rebuildt by Kevin Kaufmann after the bass was smashed to pieces

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