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Fender American Special Jazz Bass

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The new Fender® American Special Jazz Bass bring you the latest in U.S.-built quality and value! With its slim neck profile, high-gloss finish, and Fender Greasebucket„¢ tone circuit, you get classic ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The new Fender® American Special Jazz Bass bring you the latest in U.S.-built quality and value! With its slim neck profile, high-gloss finish, and Fender Greasebucket„¢ tone circuit, you get classic American Fender looks, playability plus dynamic and versatile tone.

The Fender American Special Jazz Bass begins with an alder body and C-shaped maple neck. A maple fretboard comes standard on the Black and Candy Apple Red models, with a rosewood fretboard on the Olympic White and Three-color Sunburst models. All models feature medium-jumbo frets.

Single coil alnico Jazz Bass pickups deliver legendary American J Bass sound, and Fender's Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off highs while maintaining low-end definition, ensuring you'll cut through any mix. Finishing touches include classic black plastic Jazz Bass knobs, vintage-style bridge and strap buttons, and a deluxe gig bag.


Made in the USA
Alder body
C-shaped maple neck
Maple or rosewood fretboard depending on model
20 medium-jumbo frets
Single coil alnico Jazz Bass pickups
Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off highs while maintaining low-end definition
Vintage-style bridge
Classic black plastic Jazz Bass knobs
Deluxe gig bag included
Fretboard radius: 9-1/2"
Nut width: 1-1/2"
Scale length: 34"
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FenderAmerican Special Jazz Bass

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(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)



By Cameron

from Cass City, MI

Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

I played this bass at Guitar Center while shopping for amps, this bass is a very special bass. It pretty much is a regular American Standard, but for 300 dollars less, which doesn't seem like a lot but really it's a big save. I'm not sure why these basses are cheaper then the normal MIA but I don't care, they're cheaper, play the same, sound amazing and are worth every dollar. The only thing I thought was wierd was the knobs, which are set differently then MIM and regular MIA basses, atleast mine was. I guess I could just say the the knob would stop turning at a differetn angle(s) then the other basses, but it has great tone and I am really wanting one.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


In Tonight's Bout Special Vs. Standard; The Battle for Jazz Supremacy

By Priest Bass player for The Saints of

from New York City NY

Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

When buying any piece of equipment there are really only 3 things that matter. Tone, Durability, and Ease of Use. Has to sound great, has to last forever, and has to be able to be used on a dark stage at a moments notice. This bass comes on all three with flying colors. I bought this bass while looking for something new to add to my stage set up. I compared it directly against the American Standard Jazz, the Geddy Lee signature, and a Fender Mexican 60's Jazz. All the basses were tried through a Markbass Little Mark III and a Markbass 2x10 cab. The Geddy and the Mexi were first round knock outs. They really shouldn't even have gotten into the ring. The Mexi's neck felt like a bat compared to what a Jazz bass neck should feel like and lacked in the punch department and all around tone. The Geddy had a dead, no brightness tone with a nice neck but nothing that made it stand out or could justify its 1000 dollar price tag. The last battle would be fought between the American Standard and The American Special. Ignoring the almost $300 price difference I was hard pressed to find a major difference between the two basses. The Standard has a better bridge (the high mass is pure brilliance) but the Special has a slightly better neck and bit more of that better in the hand feel. That little something that makes the hand want to stay wrapped around the neck. Balance and body feel the two basses were dead on with no difference in weight, or how they felt wearing a strap. The last thing was tone. The Standard had just that; standard tone. Not that its a bad thing just it was what I had come to expect from every American made Jazz bass by Fender. In contrast the Special was just what the name implies; special. The tone was a bit brighter and had a bit more mids then the Standard and not in a bad way (I use a fairly scooped sound so mids are often my enemy) Without any sound reinforcement I was able to dial up an amazing sound from both basses clearly over their lame duck cousins, but the special was able to come up with something that I hadn't herd before in a very good way. Imagine Tim Commerford Battle of Los Angeles era Rage. The Grease Bucket tone knob... it seemed like a normal tone knob and rolled off exactly the same as every other bass I have ever owned. Fender says its special, so what ever. Personally I always play with all three knobs turned to 10 so I could find nothing about it that was special or stood out about it on, off or half way up beyond the functions of a normal tone knob. The only minus for this bass are the lack of extras given to you by Fender, gig bag not a case. But for the money your saving on the bass you can buy a Fender SKB case and still have some bucks left over, for a nice strap, a cable, strap locks, lunch at KFC, and a peddle from BOSS, or a practice amp, you pick.... Kinda a big jump there. In the end I already own a Fender Case. So i would say it was a fight between two basses where the fight had to go to the cards where the judges gave it to the Special on price, and just that something extra in the neck and tone. Plus it was made in America, so it will keep its value so its win win win.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


American Craftsmanship a plus!

By Brian/Paula Cannavaro/Sayers

from Western Montana

Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

After careful consideration, I decided to order this bass. I am delighted with this instrument. It arrived in perfect condition and needed no set-up or adjustment. The neck plays like a dream and the Grease Bucket tone adds tremendous versatility. The salesperson who assisted me with my questions was extremely patient and helped me to chose wisely. I am glad I spent a little more and got an American made Fender. Thank you Guitar Center!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A Truly Fine Instrument

By Charles Lund

from Spokane, WA

Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

About forty years ago I had a Fender Mustang Bass. As I was headed overseas, I sold it another bassist. Hindsight IS 20/20. Should have kept it. Since then, I have been played a number of different instruments. But none of the other instruments was my formerly owned Mustang Bass. Last November, I walked into the a Guitar Center. A Sunburst American Special Bass "called" me. I tried to ignore it. However, after looking at other basses, that Sunburst American Special kept "calling". So, I tried it. Wow! At least a quantum level better than any other bass [m its class. The grease bucket circuit works as advertised. The lighter weight is deeply appreciated. The bass holds its tuning. A very full, rich sound comes from this bass. I may get other basses but will not part with this one.

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