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I’ve always subscribed to the Dick Dale maxim that a P-bass was used for surf. Were Jazz basses ever used during the classic (early-mid 60’s) era? If so, can you point me towards some examples?

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It's pobably hard to make a completely certain statement, since even back then people changed instruments every once and a while, but I have seen Jazz Basses pretty much exclusivley in pictures of the Astronauts and Eddie & the Showmen, so these are probably a good starting point.

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The Jazz bass is an offset, so... ;)

I played bass in surf bands for several years in the 1990's into 2012 and I used a Fender Jazz bass all the time.

A Jazz bass can sound like a Precision just by tweaking the bridge pickup knob.

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