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1962 Fender Jazz Bass
John Paul Jones, ca. 1975
General Specs
Body: Solid "offset" double cutaway alder, contoured waist design
Finish: Sunburst
Neck: Bolt-on Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood, Pearl dot inlays
Frets: 20
Bridge: Fixed bridge with string mutes
Headstock: Strat-style headstock, spaghetti-style logo
Tuners: Open-gear 4-on-1 side tuning machines
Hardware: Chrome
Pickguard: Tortoise grain celluloid 3-layer pickguard/metal
Pickups: 2 Standard Alnico Magnet Jazz Bass Single Coil
Controls: (2) Volume, (1) Tone
Serial Number: 74242
Years in use: 1961-1975
Website: http://www.fender.com/ 
John Paul Jones bought the 1962 Fender Jazz Bass brand new for $250 at Len Styles Music shop in Lewisham, London, England, and used it on most of the sessions that he was in from 1962 to 1968. It was also Jones' primary bass in Led Zeppelin. Some time in the first couple of weeks on the 1st US Tour, the F Logo bridge cover came off.

On February 01, 1969 Jones forgot his Fender Jazz Bass on the way to Led Zeppelin's Fillmore East performance, so Jimmy Page began their show by playing White Summer until Jones returned with his bass guitar and the band could began with their normal set opener of Train Kept A-Rollin'.

John Paul Jones continued to use the Fender Jazz Bass through 1975, with the recording of Presence. "...I used that bass up until the last tour, and then she had to go. She was getting unreliable and rattling a lot." - John Paul Jones, July 1977.

John Paul Jones got the Fender Jazz Bass out of retirement for use on both of his solo albums, Snake Eyes on Zooma and 'Yes, the Fender Jazz is in the middle of "Daphne" and funny enough I played it through my very old session amp that I used to use in the '60's. I played a solo right in the middle and had it distorted to Hell. I think it sounds great! But I usually use it anywhere I want a four-string bass, like at the end of "The Thunderthief". The four-string bass comes in right at the end and that was the Jazz." - Global Bass, March 2002

Photos

1962 Fender Jazz Bass
Led Zeppelin, September 07, 1968, Egegård Skole, Box 45 Teen Club, Gladsaxe, Denmark
1962 Fender Jazz Bass
John Paul Jones, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, January 24, 1970, University of Leeds, The Refectory, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
1962 Fender Jazz Bass
John Paul Jones, February 27, 1972, Sydney Showground, Sydney, Australia
1962 Fender Jazz Bass
John Paul Jones, February 12, 1975, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
1962 Fender Jazz Bass
John Paul Jones & 1962 Fender Jazz Bass, ca. 1999, Photo by James Cumpsty
1962 Fender Jazz Bass
John Paul Jones at his home studio, ca. 1999, Photo by James Cumpsty
1962 Fender Jazz Bass
Original bridge cover holes, ca. 1999, Photo by James Cumpsty
   
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October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
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October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
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October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
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October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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