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Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass  

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The 5-string Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V delivers the modern features that bassists demand in a sleek, familiar electric bass design. An updated preamp circuit brings deeply exhilarating active... Click To Read More About This Product

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The 5-string Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V delivers the modern features that bassists demand in a sleek, familiar electric bass design. An updated preamp circuit brings deeply exhilarating active and passive tone. Powerful-yet-quiet N3 Noiseless pickups present more clean headroom, extended EQ range, and tighter low-end response. The tonal options are vast, thanks to the active/passive toggle switch and passive tone control. These amazing electronics effortlessly handle the low B string with impeccable tone and seismic power. The classic Jazz Bass block fretboard inlays and binding present the Fender American Deluxe V bass in a rightfully classy light.

The bass is crafted with an alder body, a hard wood that provides clear tone, and lasting sustain. The maple neck with modern C-shape, 5-bolt neck plate, compound radius fretboard, asymmetrical neck profile, and contoured heel offer fast action, silky- smooth playability, and make the American Deluxe Jazz Bass extremely easy to play all the way up the neck. The high-mass vintage Fender bass bridge offers compressed and focused bass tone with more mid range punch. It retains the Fender articulation and sparkle, combined with vintage-style saddles to maintain a classic vibe. The combination of a steel plate with brass saddles produces the best possible Fender bass sound.

Pairing up these pickups with the EQ and volume controls provides that notorious Fender Jazz Bass sound that has mystified some of the world's most prominent bassists for decades.

Other features include Stealth "B" string retainer, tinted neck, rolled fingerboard edges, highly detailed nut- and fretwork, genuine bone nut, flathead screws on battery compartment (for easy changes with a coin or pick), gloss polyurethane neck finish, and a gloss urethane body finish to dress the Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-string in ultimate style and beauty. Includes case.

Features
  • Body: Alder with contoured heel
  • Finish: Gloss urethane
  • Neck: Maple, modern "C" shape, tinted, gloss polyurethane finish
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets 21, medium-jumbo
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning keys: Fender lightweight vintage-style tuners
  • Bridge: High Mass Vintage (HMV)
  • Pickguard: 3-ply black/white/black
  • Pickups: N3 Noiseless Pickups
  • Pickup switching: Pan pot/blend control
  • Controls: Master volume, pan pot (pickup selector), treble boost/cut, midrange boost/cut, bass boost/cut, active/passive mini toggle
  • Strings: Fender NPS .045 to 0.105
  • Case: Fender/SKB high-tech molded case with TSA locks
Specifications
  • Radius: compound, 9-1/2" to 14"
    Scale length: 34"
    Nut width: 1-5/8"
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FenderAmerican Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass
 
4.4

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (23)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Fun to play (20)
  • Solid electronics (18)
  • Good pick up (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (18)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Recording (15)
  • Rock concerts (13)
  • Small venues (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (13), Experienced (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely Fantastic

I've always been a p-bass guy, until I discovered this beauty. I'm telling ya, if you want an overall versatile bass that is well constructed with a great tone, this is the...Read complete review

I've always been a p-bass guy, until I discovered this beauty. I'm telling ya, if you want an overall versatile bass that is well constructed with a great tone, this is the bass. I was iffy about purchasing this bass due to some people complaining that there is pickup noise... So when I actually recieved the bass and turned it on, I was pleasantly surprised to not hear anything, at all, not even a slight buzz. It's the quietest bass I own! I also have never owned a five string considering I enjoy wrapping my thumb around the neck to play full chords, which is hard to do on a five string. Well, this is probably the most comfortable five string neck I've ever touched, with a silky smooth finish, relatively thin nut and heel width, and asymetric shape. The pearloid inlays are beautiful as well as the binding! I love the tuners, the super dense bridge, and most of all, the electronics. When I first started playing, I was convinced active basses were superior. Once I began to mess with effect pedals, I realized that passive basses work better for adding distortion, octave effects, filters, etc. This bass has both active and passive capabilities. The passive circuit delivers the best tone fender has to offer. When switched to active, you can really dig into the strings and get some heavy growl, or slap away for a dreamy slap tone. The n3 pickups are now at the top of the line as far as I'm concerned. The preamp is great too, every sound is useful without straying too far from the natural jazz bass tone. Oh yeah, how could I forget about the best part, THE LOW B STRING IS THE CLEANEST, FATTEST, PUNCHIEST FIFTH STRING I HAVE EVER HEARD!!! Please do yourself a favor and buy this bass, you will not regret it! It has changed my opinion on jazz basses and five strings!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Bass, but...

Good News: This is an awesome bass in so many ways, but there are some things you need to know before you invest almost $2K for this bass. Everything on this bass is...Read complete review

Good News: This is an awesome bass in so many ways, but there are some things you need to know before you invest almost $2K for this bass. Everything on this bass is top notch. The neck is near perfection for a V-string, the bindings, the inlays, the materials and craftsmanship are superior of any of the dozens of basses I have played. I love playing this bass and always get compliments from other musicians. I have the olympic white, and it is really nice. The tones, with the right strings, allow for a great versatility in the active position as you can blend the tone controls to get a pretty decent P-bass sound or Jazz sound. Great for slapping sound. Literally you can experiment for hours with all the variations available - that is truly the deluxe part of this bass. Now the BAD news. NOISEY PICKUPS. So it says Noiseless right on the pick up, but the shielding and RF hum in certain environments is terrible. Because of that, I cannot recommend this bass. I was lucky and got this Open Box for a really cheap price. But at the regular price, do not buy this bass, unless you are prepared to get new pickups and shielding done to this guitar. It is so sad, as everything else about this bass is pure greatness. And what should be the best part of this bass, the electronics, just does not cut the mustard at this price level. I have MIM versions and passive Fender P-basses that sound 3x better. Great guitar, bad electronics and RF buzz. My plan is to invest in some Aguilar or Bartolini's, etc. and have it shielded. I think once I do that, it will be super sweet!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome bass!

By Bert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

I cannot express how much I love this bass.

 
1.0

Plays Great, but POOR craftsmanship and quality control

By John

from Palm Bay, Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

Plays and sounds great, but poor craftsmanship and quality control from Femder. Volume pot is junk and the jack won't hold the instrument cable in place. Those are easy fixes. The big one is that the bridge wasn't mounted far enough back on the the body making it impossible to set the intonation on the B string. Moving the saddle to furthest position to the rear still leaves me sharp. I love the bass and would love to keep it but, Musicians friend only offered me a small gift card that won't even cover the volume pot. Guess it's going back.

 
5.0

Outstanding product. Great transaction and acurate shipping

By GK

from Novi, MI

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

      Good deal on this open box item. Virtually brand new.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just right

      By Peace Cee

      from Kauai, HI., Los Angeles, CA.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

        Great instrument. Everything that a jazz bass should be with the added attraction of passive/active electronics. it is a comfortable bass, and it is well crafted.

         
        5.0

        Mmmm

        By X

        from X, X

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

        X

         
        5.0

        Thunder Bass Axe

        By Jangala Roots

        from Orange, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Excellent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Reggae

          Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

          Ever since i began using my Fender V-5 String Bass at reggae concerts, studio recordings and tour my playing has elevated due to tone, tweaking options and the professional feel of the bass

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great Bass, but...

          By Rocker_Dad65

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Great looks
          • Great Neck

          Cons

          • Electronics
          • Pickups Noisey
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

            Good News: This is an awesome bass in so many ways, but there are some things you need to know before you invest almost $2K for this bass. Everything on this bass is top notch. The neck is near perfection for a V-string, the bindings, the inlays, the materials and craftsmanship are superior of any of the dozens of basses I have played. I love playing this bass and always get compliments from other musicians. I have the olympic white, and it is really nice. The tones, with the right strings, allow for a great versatility in the active position as you can blend the tone controls to get a pretty decent P-bass sound or Jazz sound. Great for slapping sound. Literally you can experiment for hours with all the variations available - that is truly the deluxe part of this bass. Now the BAD news. NOISEY PICKUPS. So it says Noiseless right on the pick up, but the shielding and RF hum in certain environments is terrible. Because of that, I cannot recommend this bass. I was lucky and got this Open Box for a really cheap price. But at the regular price, do not buy this bass, unless you are prepared to get new pickups and shielding done to this guitar. It is so sad, as everything else about this bass is pure greatness. And what should be the best part of this bass, the electronics, just does not cut the mustard at this price level. I have MIM versions and passive Fender P-basses that sound 3x better. Great guitar, bad electronics and RF buzz. My plan is to invest in some Aguilar or Bartolini's, etc. and have it shielded. I think once I do that, it will be super sweet!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Really Bad RF Hum

            By Ace

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Church Bands
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

            I bought this bass as I returned to playing after a 30-year hiatus. I like the weight balance, the tone quality, and the quality of parts and workmanship. However, a major defect in this instrument is that Fender did not shield the electronics. As a result, it picks up RF hum depending on where I am an what I'm facing. I looked inside of the pickup, tone control and battery cavities and there is no shielding at all. Very poor design and cost cutting choices for a top-of-the line bass. Not recommended at all.

             
            4.0

            Great Bass

            By Rennie Xosa

            from NYC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

              Just bought my second one for backup. I leave my Modulus basses home because they are expensive and not replaceable. I played Fender Jazz for decades and they finally got the 5 string right. Great all around Bass.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent quality keep-forever bass

              By The Schmoe

              from Clarkston, MI

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

                I have had this bass for just over 10 months and have zero complaints. I keep it in the case with a sponge in an open plastic bag and have not had to adjust the truss rod or anything else since I bought it...and I live in Michigan where the winters are incredibly dry, and summers are humid. Even after changing strings it is just solid and reliable.

                I have had zero problems with noise from the electronics - truly noiseless in my experience. I have been able to get any sound I want from it (precision-like, musicman-like, traditional jazz, etc.). Now none of these are EXACT of course, but close enough so that I don't feel the need to purchase another instrument.

                The action on mine is incredible and the neck is straight as an arrow! I typically have my relief set to around .012-.015 but with this bass I can set the relief to .003-.005 with no buzz whatsoever. This speaks to the neck quality as well as the fret job done at the factory on this.

                I was a big Squier supporter (still am to a degree), but after owning this and playing many other instruments since, I will say that there is a clear and huge difference in quality. The balance from string to string, tonal diversity, consistency everywhere, hardware quality - it is all excellent. You will never convince me that the general quality of Squier basses is equal to or better than this. I have owned several new Squiers and they are great....but not like this...I am also a big fan of the rounded heel making it easier to play higher...I didn't realize how nice it was until I went back to playing another bass without it. Not a huge innovation, but a nice addition.

                Enough about Squiers though. If you are looking for a versatile bass, look no further. It is a joy to play, and every time I sit down with it to play, it seems like I can find a new sound.

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