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Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass Black Rosewood Fretboard

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This special-edition Jazz features a bound basswood body with a unique carved top, a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and matching painted headstock. It's loaded with a Precision-Jazz pickup comb... Read More

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This special-edition Jazz features a bound basswood body with a unique carved top, a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and matching painted headstock. It's loaded with a Precision-Jazz pickup combination and rear-routed, top-mounted controls. The lack of a pickguard and fretboard inlays (side dots only) with smoked chrome appointments give it an especially clean, no-nonsense look.

Features
  • Black polyurethane finish
  • Basswood body with unique radius and carved top
  • Maple neck with C shape and satin polyurethane finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard (stained with side dots only)
  • 7-1/4" radius
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • 1 split-coil Precision pickup (mid)
  • 1 single-coil Jazz pickup (bridge)
  • Volume, volume, tone controls (rear routed)
  • No pickup switching
  • Standard 4-saddle bridge
  • Standard machine heads
  • Smoked chrome hardware
  • No pickguard
  • 34"-scale length
  • 1-1/2" nut width
  • Top-mounted input jack
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FenderAerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass
 
4.8

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Feel, Great Sound

I spotted this at the store and couldn't stop staring, the finish is devilishly gorgeous. I hoooked it up to every bass amp that was there, ranging from an Ampeg combo with a...Read complete review

I spotted this at the store and couldn't stop staring, the finish is devilishly gorgeous. I hoooked it up to every bass amp that was there, ranging from an Ampeg combo with a 15 inch speaker to a Gallien Krueger combo with two 10 inch speakers. Through every amp, it sounded great; I couldn't get a bad sound out of it. I messed with the tone and pickup volume knobs a lot and I could only get good sounds; the P/J pick-up combination is great. The neck felt very slim and fast, the body was light and well balanced, and like I said, it was a gorgeous bass. At not too high of a price, I am definitely going to add this to my collection soon. One last note: there is a little removable plate on the back that seems to be made for batteries, but the electronics are not active. I was just a tad confused about this, but it has no effect on the greatness of this bass.

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Good For Beginners

This Bass was not what I had hoped but I also own a Fender USA Jazz and a USA P-bass. The aerodyne doesn't live up to a USA fender and quite frankly I have...Read complete review

This Bass was not what I had hoped but I also own a Fender USA Jazz and a USA P-bass. The aerodyne doesn't live up to a USA fender and quite frankly I have played a Mexican Jazz bass that played better. I originally bought this bass because I needed an inexpensive bass to take to jam sessions and places where my expensive basses would not be appropriate. I wish I would have played the bass before buying it but the good reviews here convinced me to take the risk. The Good thing about the bass is the weight, It is nice and light but a little too light in the neck. The action was set too high for my taste and had to be taken care of right away. The sound of the bass is actually good it has a lot of tone flexibility. I set my volume and split coil pickup on 10 and my single coil to 8. This setting gives a good happy medium between a jazz bass and a p-bass. A good amp is also required for this bass as I some times feel the I have to play this bass harder than I do my other basses to get a good sound. Other post suggest replacing the single coil pickup. Another issue I have with the bass is the Stratocaster style 1/4 inch out put on the front of the bass. This output style doesn't play nice with high end bass cables especially if they are angled. This is a great bass for the beginner that wants to go intermediate. Its not the bass for professionals who do big shows or record.

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5.0

Excellent Bass

By Cahwyman

from La Verne, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

    I've been playing upright bass for the last 15 years pretty exclusively. Recently got into a Ska band which needed me to play electric. I started out playing electric metal bass in my youth then got into the traditional rockabilly thing. I remember my first P bass and was going to buy one again for this project. Scrolling thru the Fender basses I came upon this Jazz bass. I immediately fell in love with the look of it. I received it and practiced and practiced. The playability is outstanding. I'm glad I chose this bass it looks great and plays awesome. Chose this bass you won't be disappointed.

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    5.0

    Very cool guitar

    By Tolgoo

    from San diego

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Nice looking
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

      Very good looking ; black coolness ! Everybody turn and look my guitar when I opened box in the store. Some of them asked the model of guitar .. Light and good looking solid guitar ...

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      5.0

      Excellent Black Beauty

      By Old School Engineer

      from Kansas City

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Lighter Than P Or J Bass
      • Solid Electronics
      • Unique Look
      • Wide Sound Range

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Blues
        • Jamming
        • Jazz
        • Rock

        Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

        With both P and J pickups this is a very flexible bass that can be used for any type of music. I have played it on stage and it is reliable and smooth. Easily makes me sound better than I am while looking great. Dark subtle finish, so no flashy appearance, but beautifully crafted with cream binding looks far more expensive than it cost. Great package to make a hobbyist look and sound like a pro.

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        5.0

        No regrets...

        By Bottom dweller

        from Destin Fl

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • So Light Feels Great

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

          The most surprising thing to me was how easy it is to get a great slap tone. It needed some tweaking in the setup when I got it, but a few minutes of my time and it plays sweet. I would recommend this bass!

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          4.0

          4.5 almost perfect

          By aggressive disco dancer

          from south pole ice shelf broken but I still

          Pros

          • Instant makeover
          • J Growl
          • Lightweight
          • Makes Me Look Skinny
          • Matches My Fake Rolex
          • No Fingerboard Dots
          • People Think I'm Rich
          • Sexy
          • That P Boom
          • Thin profile
          • Throw Away My Wide Strap
          • Versatile
          • Vintage White Binding

          Cons

          • Better Colors In Japan
          • Black only
          • Do I Have A Bruise
          • Harder Edged Contour
          • Ouch My Right Forearm
          • Plane Ticket To Japan
          • Shipping From Japan

          Best Uses

          • Clarity Using Chords
          • Clean With A Compressor
          • Fuzz Lots Of Fuzz
          • High Notes
          • Low Notes
          • More Fuzz
          • With Effects
          • With Flatwounds
          • With Roundwounds

          Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

          best use for the music
          great looks grandiose make ways
          very best oh my got
          ring modulator or do you has fuzzes
          the pedal aw man
          its blast off! wowo
          I told all my friends they can going my way
          follow me
          run with it
          hooray
          let's play next song and next and next

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          5.0

          Amazing Bass for Every Player

          By Shawn

          from Warren, MI

          Site Member

          Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

          This bass can be summed up in one word. Fantastic. The neck is perfect. Not too slippery and zero friction moving your hand around it. You can play it for hours and not have any cramping up. I'm a guitar player turned bass player for my band, and of all the guitars I own, this neck beats them all. The action comes pretty high, and the strings Fender ships with it are really snappy, so while I've been playing it as it's been set up from the factory your play style might require some adjustments to the action. The body of the guitar looks even better in person than it does online. Only problem with the finish is that it collects every bit of dust and fingerprints you can imagine. So keep a cloth handy to keep it clean. But when it's cleaned up I can't think of another bass that looks this good. The black strat output jack is actually more than just for looks. It makes plugging in much easier, and as someone who steps on his chord too much, it holds the chord in place when you get crazy on stage. The guitar as a whole is so light I forget I have it strapped on sometimes. So if you're worried about Fender guitars being too heavy, this one will more than surprise you. And the best part being that it doesn't affect the tone at all. Which also is especially unique with the P/J pickup configuration, making the guitar have a very versatile range of tones and sounds. One thing I'm still getting used to is the lack of a master volume knob. Which is awkward for live play having to turn down two knobs to shut off the volume, and putting it back where you had it can be difficult with a lack of indicators on the knobs aside from a single indented line on the smoked chrome knobs. Overall this guitar is sleek and simple. The black headstock, stained neck, and body combination is just so unique and beautiful to look at, and no other bass really compares. Overall feel and tone of the bass is just second to none. Feels like it should've been way more money that $800. It's light on your back and shoulders and can be played for hours straight. Paired with my Fender Rumble 200, the tone is perfect for my style and others who've played it. I can't think of any other bass out there that has this kind of total package appeal, with the look, feel, and tone departments all head and shoulders above the rest. I love this bass, and as an active gigging musician, this is the only bass I need. ***WARNING*** I'm not sure if this is a common occurrence with these basses but as it states it's online only. And with that guitar center makes you pay for the full amount up front to order the bass. I ordered the bass in early February and didn't get it til almost April. This would not have been a big problem had guitar center not told me it would be available for me for my gigs both in February and early March. Guitar center pushed back the date on me at least 8-9 times. It got to the point where I was ready to cancel my order because neither the local store nor corporate could give me a straight answer as to what the delay was about. So while his bass is amazing and I'm happy it's here, the anxiety and stress of whether the bass was coming or not every 4-5 days for almost two months was not a fun time. I was also told people had been waiting months for it. So be advised, it could take a while to get to you.

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          5.0

          Bad to the Bone !!!!!!

          By Kelly

          from Small Town - S.W. Mo.

          Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

          For years I have played my 1989 G&L Bass which I still am very fond of, but due to numerous neck and back injury's in the 70's and 80's (Long Story), I began to feel the repercussions from them! So I went looking for a light Bass to perform 2 hour straight through concerts with. I went through 5 different Basses ( Ibanez, Gibson, Yamaha, Schector ) trying to find one that was of great quality and had no problems of any kind out of the box! These were not cheap instruments and were supposed to be pro level goods. NOT! I had noticed the Aerodyne Jazz Bass while sifting through various Basses but shied away from it due to the fact there were no fretboard markers only side dots. I also hadn't noticed how light it was or the fact that it was "Made in Japan"( a big plus ) until I began researching it. I will now get to the real point of this review, This Bass is nothing other than PERFECT in EVERY way. The quality surpassed most American made Fenders at 2 to 3 times the money! It plays like a DREAM, It SOUNDS incredible, I can hardly tell I have it hanging around my neck!!!!! and last but by no means least IT IS BEAUTIFUL! As a matter personal taste I have put a Babicz Bridge and Aguilar P/J pickups in it with DR Markus Miller MML 45-100 strings on it. But as I said this was just my thing Stone Cold Stock was great! Really no need to spend more money on it. "I just wanted the personal touch" ( YOU WON'T REGRET BUYING THIS BASS! ) I also purchased the Jazz Bass Case for it ( Item # 541533 ) it fits like a glove and you real need it to protect this GEM!

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          5.0

          VERY IMPRESSIVE

          By Joe Lala

          from Dayton, OH

          Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

          I have been on the search for a very versatile bass for a good decade. This honestly has it all. I am most certainly a gear snob.Most basses, Will either have a good low tone or a good high tone and barely any noticeable blend between the two. Not the Aerodyne, This thing allows you to dial in the P-bass/Jazz-bass pickups right where you want them on the fly. I play quite a few different styles of music and it fits them all. Lets just say that I have played 2000+ dollar basses that don't sound half as good as this or play as cleanly.Some Great set-up from the factory. Nice low action for a fast neck without compromising tone and sustain. I played it out for the first time last weekend and man I don't think I have ever had so many compliments on how good that thing sounds and looks. I have it paired up with an SVT-3 PRO AND SVT CLASSIC 410HLF. Boomin..

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          3.0

          Good For Beginners

          By Troy Hays

          from Orlando FL

          Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

          This Bass was not what I had hoped but I also own a Fender USA Jazz and a USA P-bass. The aerodyne doesn't live up to a USA fender and quite frankly I have played a Mexican Jazz bass that played better. I originally bought this bass because I needed an inexpensive bass to take to jam sessions and places where my expensive basses would not be appropriate. I wish I would have played the bass before buying it but the good reviews here convinced me to take the risk. The Good thing about the bass is the weight, It is nice and light but a little too light in the neck. The action was set too high for my taste and had to be taken care of right away. The sound of the bass is actually good it has a lot of tone flexibility. I set my volume and split coil pickup on 10 and my single coil to 8. This setting gives a good happy medium between a jazz bass and a p-bass. A good amp is also required for this bass as I some times feel the I have to play this bass harder than I do my other basses to get a good sound. Other post suggest replacing the single coil pickup. Another issue I have with the bass is the Stratocaster style 1/4 inch out put on the front of the bass. This output style doesn't play nice with high end bass cables especially if they are angled. This is a great bass for the beginner that wants to go intermediate. Its not the bass for professionals who do big shows or record.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GOD OF THUNDER!!!

          By Shawn Hall

          from Helena, MT

          Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

          After 18 months of drooling at this beast online I caved in and traded in a few of my decent basses. This is the most amazing sounding bass I have ever played. I am playing through an acoustic b600h with GK 4/10 1/15 cabs, boss bass chorus and a sans amp driver. OMG it is unreal how much better of an instrument this is in both quality, form, style or sound. I mostly play progressive rock and this thing really captures a Duff McKagan or even Justin Chancellor type of sound. If I am lucky I'll find the older red or silver ones and nab one up too.

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