Squier Paranormal Jazz Bass ’54 Features:
Contoured, offset-waist J Bass body with ’54 P Bass pickguard and control plate
Poplar body with ash top and back veneer, gloss polyurethane finish
34-inch scale length; synthetic bone 1.5-inch nut
Slim “C”-profile maple neck with gloss polyurethane finish
Maple fingerboard with 20 narrow-tall frets and dot inlays
2 Fender-designed alnico single-coil pickups
Per-pickup Volume and Tone controls (concentric stacked knobs)
4-saddle vintage-style bridge
Vintage-style tuning machines
The Paranormal Jazz Bass® ’54 turns fiction into reality, combining the easy playability and tonal versatility of the J Bass® with the classic looks of its older sibling, the Precision Bass® (around 1954, the P Bass® transitioned from a slab body to a contoured body). This bass is easy to play thanks to its “C”-shaped neck profile and narrow 1.5” nut width and offers out-of-this-world tone courtesy of its dual Fender-Designed alnico single-coil pickups. Further refinements include a vintage-style bridge and tuning machines, dual concentric volume and tone controls, and a sprawling ’50s-style pickguard that transports the Jazz Bass back in time.
The Squier Paranormal Jazz Bass ’54 is loaded with a duo of alnico single-coil pickups that deliver legendary J Bass sound for any genre. From deep, soulful R&B grooves to in-your-face slap ’n’ pop funk, to jazzy Jaco growl, these pickups serve up epic tone by the truckload. But instead of the usual J Bass control arrangement with per-pickup volume knobs and a master tone, the Paranormal Jazz Bass ’54 features the rare, dual-concentric, 2-knob arrangement that was only used for a short while after the model’s introduction in 1960. This allows you to not only mix the pickups to taste, but also tweak the tone of each pickup individually, giving you the tonal versatility to ace any gig or recording session.
When you pick up the Squier Paranormal Jazz Bass ’54, you’re holding in your hands one of the most original instruments Fender never made. Part of the fun and creative Paranormal Series, the Jazz Bass ’54 captures the spirit of the mid-’60s through the mid-’70s, back when Fender began experimenting with alternative designs. Many of these truly unique instruments somehow found their way out into the real world, in time becoming the kind of rare treasures you might be lucky enough to find squirreled away in the back of a pawn shop. The Paranormal Series celebrates those inspired creations that never were, but should have been.
Number of Strings: 4
Body Shape: Paranormal Jazz '54
Body Material: Poplar with Ash top/back
Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Shape: C
Fingerboard Material: Maple
Fingerboard Inlay: Black Dots
Number of Frets: 20, Narrow Tall
Scale Length: 34"
Nut Width: 1.5"
Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece: 4-Saddle Vintage-style
Neck Pickup: Fender Alnico Single-coil
Bridge Pickup: Fender Alnico Single-coil
Controls: 2 x stacked volume/tone
Strings: Nickel Plated Steel, .045-.105
Manufacturer Part Number: 0377100506