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Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass Black Rosewood Fretboard

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The special-edition Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass features a bound basswood body with a unique carved top, a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and matching painted headstock. It's loaded with... Read More

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The special-edition Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass 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) give the Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass an especially clean, no-nonsense look.

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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
  • Case sold separately
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4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bad to the Bone !!!!!!

By Kelly

from Small Town - S.W. Mo.

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

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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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good For Beginners

By Troy Hays

from Orlando FL

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

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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5.0

Light Weight Aerodyne Bass Guitar Rocks...

By Roger Heiret

from Arlington , Wa.

No more neck pains with this guitar glad I got a Fender Bass ! 5 Stars

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5.0

Fender Aerodyne Bass

By Steve Strazis

from Rougemont, NC

One way to judge the natural intonation of an electric guit is to play it unamplified on your lap and put your jaw against the body of the guitar. The Aerodyne had the best tone and longest sustain of any of the top basses in the racks. The shape of the body makes it comfortable in your lap and around your neck (as does its light weight) and the neck is almost unnoticeable (I like that). Amplified with a good rig it drives the cleanest, sinus-clearing high tones and nearly visible low tones that money can buy. I am satisfied with the stock hardware; its simple, clean and works well. I am still getting new sound out of this instument and play it daily. I loaned it to a friend for recording an album and had a hard time getting it back. It's that good. (Look up Justin Womble, Modena, Bass on You Tube if you want to see the Aerodyne in action.) Justin is a six string player extraordinaire filling in for a missing bassist recording Modena's Second Time Around album with Jim Wirt.

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5.0

This Bass Stands Alone

By Denny Blew

from Bridgeton, NJ

Both in looks and features this is a unique beast in the Fender lineup. It steals the best features from various Fender guitars. I opened the box and stared in awe at this shapely, sleek beauty. What does not show well in the pics is the cream binding that edges this bass, giving it a classy, sexy look. It may turn out to be a fingerprint nightmare, but wow, it is so lovely! As for sound, dial in whatever you wish, as it sports two pickups, one from each of the Fender lines, "Precision" and "Jazz". I also love the Strat-type input jack: it's so easy to use. Has those great Fender easy-to-adjust action setters, too. Another cool tradition-challenging feature is no visible fret dots on the face of the fingerboard. The look is clean and professional. The balance feels right, too. Like I said, this bass stands alone. I can picture this model in deep cherry, royal blue or pumpkin color. I'm not sure Fender didn't do itself a huge disfavor by not placing the Aerodyne in a category of its own.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best All around Bass!!!!

By Nick Nauseous

from Aurora CO

For over 10 years now I'Ve searched for a bass guitar to fit my specific ton and playability. ive played washburn, dean, ibanez, music man, and squire basses and never quite got the tonal rang,fast playability, and over all quality as i have with the aerodyne! ive owned this bass for 3 years now and will continue to play this as my main bass! It gets the crunchy treble soaked pop punk bass sound that i crave and can cover tonal ranges from country to jazz to punk to metal and even hip hop and r&b music! in my opinon this is the best fender bass on the market let alone the best bass on the market today!

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5.0

The only bass you'll need

By Gary Truelove

from Vernon, New Jersey

I've owned this bass for 5 years now and it has become my favorite bass. I've played P-basses, Jazz basses, basses with humbuckers and I can't get one to have the great tone this one has. Even fellow musicians keep commenting on how much they like this bass. I'm old school and grew up when American basses ruled. I own an American made P bass and Jazz bass but I keep coming back to this one. This bass is made in Japan for Fender but it does not madder to me it has better tone than either of my American models. Fender hit a home run with this model. I just hope they keep it in they're selections. You will not go wrong purchasing this bass.

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5.0

Surprise Surprise

By Griffin Stenger

from New York, NY

This Bass has a life of it's own! I had bought a different Fender. Brought it in to GC for minor tech work. Saw the Aerodyne on the bench and said, 'Wow, where was that when I bought mine?' the Guitar Center guy told me it had just been traded in and he was just about to put it on the floor. We looked at my file and I still had time on my extended warranty so I could swap for it! Amazing. BC made me a loyal customer with That one. The sound is big and round, it plays with finesse even under my rough hands. I Love it.

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