Fender American Standard Jazz Bass  

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The Fender American Standard Series Jazz Bass has a vintage body radius and contour for a classic vibe and feel. The Jazz Bass's body is rendered in premium alder for optimum tone and sustain. Its ros... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender American Standard Series Jazz Bass has a vintage body radius and contour for a classic vibe and feel. The Jazz Bass's body is rendered in premium alder for optimum tone and sustain. Its rosewood or maple fretboard features detailed nut and fretwork. The neck is graphite-reinforced and has rolled edges for a broken-in feel from the get-go. HMV (High Mass Vintage) Bridge increases sustain, provides punchier tone, beefier looking plates and 3/8" diameter vintage saddles. String height adjustment screws have nylon patches for a tight fit that won't vibrate loose.

A 12-gauge cold rolled steel plate machined brass backstop increases mass and enhances top end. Socket head intonation screws are engineered for a tighter fit, and are now more stable. The J Bass features Fender®/Hipshot® tuning keys. They work great, and are 30% lighter, minimizing neck dip. Classic 20:1 tuning ratio, cast zinc with aluminum string posts and mounting nuts, and steel clovers. Brass worm gears, steel worm drives.

With a thinner undercoat, the Fender Jazz Bass body breathes easier and has improved sound (more wood influence). Neck pocket paint buildup has been reduced by 40%, greatly improving the wood-to-wood connection/reaction.

The included SKB rectangular design case, exclusive to Fender, has TSA recognized and accepted locks. Fiberglass reinforced nylon trigger release latching system, indestructible cushioned rubber over-molded handle with flush lock out. Injection molded feet and exclusive arched stacking system.

Features
  • Alder body
  • Graphite-reinforced neck with modern C shape and satin polyurethane finish
  • Rosewood or maple fingerboard with rolled edges
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Open-back cast machine heads
  • 2 U.S. Jazz Bass single-coil pickups
  • Volume/volume/master tone controls
  • HMV (High Mass Vintage) Bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • Thinner undercoat
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FenderAmerican Standard Jazz Bass
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The classic jazz bass is back in a major way

I've been playing bass for 20 years and this bass is one of my favorites, if not my favorite bass. It definitely has that, "the one" quality. I've...Read complete review

I've been playing bass for 20 years and this bass is one of my favorites, if not my favorite bass. It definitely has that, "the one" quality. I've played it at a few gigs already and it sounds awesome. All of the classic jazz bass tones are there. I can go from Alt. Rock ,to Funk, Classic Rock, to Beatles songs without changing basses. A little tweak of the tone knob is all I need. Also, the neck is perfect. It's not too thick or fat like my vintage 78 jazz and not too thin like a Geddy Lee model jazz bass. It's just right. Also, it already feels broken in and smooth. I got the Olympic White with the maple fingerboard option, so I think it's an Alder body and it has a more pronounced lower mid frequency that is perfect for bass. Also, the pick-ups are in the traditional 60's era spacing as opposed to the 70's basses with the bridge pick-up closer to the bridge. This bass already has a deepness to it's tone without spending a lot of money on a vintage bass. In addition, the bass is loud acoustically since it has a thinner undercoat of paint and an improved neck pocket. It's a very resonant bass. Furthermore, the bridge, that has always been a problem for me, has been updated. I no longer need to replace it right from the start. This bass is the first bass that I will be keeping completely stock with no modifications other than changing the pick guard for a custom look, not to improve the sound. The sound is all there.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Love the Bass - Poor Customer service

I love my new American Standard Jazz Bass.But when I went to pick it up at GC West LA. I noticed there was some fret buzz and I wanted some adjustments. The tech came...Read complete review

I love my new American Standard Jazz Bass.But when I went to pick it up at GC West LA. I noticed there was some fret buzz and I wanted some adjustments. The tech came over and took a look. He told me all instruments buzz,he'd already set it up and that's as good as it would get. He also told me that I got a good deal on this bass and if he did anymore he'd have to charge me. In twenty seven years of playing music and shopping at music stores I've never experienced treatment like this. I just shelled out 1,300 bucks,this bass should have been perfect. I took the bass and left. I am taking it to a local tech who will adjust it to my liking. I won't be making anymore major purchases at Guitar Center.

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(43 of 45 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Back to the Days of Old

By Jambo

from New Mexico

Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

This is the best Fender has put out in many years. This is the Fender I remember. They really nailed it with the new finish...flawless and beautiful. Great neck, fast; perfect intonation. Goodby S1 switch, never liked it anyway; back to the classic tone. This will be my #1 bass for many years. Plus features: great tone, perfect balance, smooth fast neck, finish to die for. Cons: none. Well worth the price...get it!

(37 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The classic jazz bass is back in a major way

By john nichols

from baltimore, MD

Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

I've been playing bass for 20 years and this bass is one of my favorites, if not my favorite bass. It definitely has that, "the one" quality. I've played it at a few gigs already and it sounds awesome. All of the classic jazz bass tones are there. I can go from Alt. Rock ,to Funk, Classic Rock, to Beatles songs without changing basses. A little tweak of the tone knob is all I need. Also, the neck is perfect. It's not too thick or fat like my vintage 78 jazz and not too thin like a Geddy Lee model jazz bass. It's just right. Also, it already feels broken in and smooth. I got the Olympic White with the maple fingerboard option, so I think it's an Alder body and it has a more pronounced lower mid frequency that is perfect for bass. Also, the pick-ups are in the traditional 60's era spacing as opposed to the 70's basses with the bridge pick-up closer to the bridge. This bass already has a deepness to it's tone without spending a lot of money on a vintage bass. In addition, the bass is loud acoustically since it has a thinner undercoat of paint and an improved neck pocket. It's a very resonant bass. Furthermore, the bridge, that has always been a problem for me, has been updated. I no longer need to replace it right from the start. This bass is the first bass that I will be keeping completely stock with no modifications other than changing the pick guard for a custom look, not to improve the sound. The sound is all there.

(17 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THIS IS SICK

By slippiedoda

from springfield mo

Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

this bass is so gnarley man, its got and amazing tone, has insane action, u can get a good nice funk slap outa it but u can also get and intense deah/hardcore type sound too, ive play on at least 30-50 different bass and this one has the best tone, i wouldnt get this if all ur playin is death metal, dont get me wrong u can get tht like hardcore sound outa it but i personally would get like a warwick for tht, but i still love this bass, its light and... is jus amazing, i used to only play p bass's. but after this i love them both

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You can't go wrong.

By Steve

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

This bass is so much better than any other Fender bass I've played. The feel of the bass is substantial, it actually feels expensive. The hardware is top of the line. The tuning keys are exceptionally smooth an responsive and the bridge is super heavy duty. I know it's nothing new, but I like that Fender has notches cut in the bridge saddles because they let you adjust the string spacing to your taste. The only beef I have with the bass is that the single coils tend to hum if you solo them. I loved the sound of them, but I did end up changing them out with some passive Bartolini humbuckers because I was getting buzz through the recording console. Amazingly the new pickups have the same sound as the stock units minus the noise, problem solved. The neck is thicker front to back than a Mexi J bass, which I like. You can tell that it has the graphite rods in the neck too, because it's very true and doesn't shift. My only other mods are a matching Hipshot D tuner and some straplocks. It's crazy to think how much the Mexi J and USA J look alike when in fact the only thing the same is the shape of the bass. Everything you can't see at a glance (Tuning Keys, Bridge, Pickups, undercoat finish, Dual Action truss rod, Graphite neck rods, glossed headstock, no skunk stripe, highly polished frets, rolled fingerboard edges, fewer pieces of wood glued together to make the body, case instead of gig bag) is an upgrade over the Mexi. Everything that matters is better on the American Standard. It is worth the extra money. Durability, playability and sound always win. Fender has a winner here.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Bass Is Awesome!

By tyson827

from Cleveland, TN

Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

I recently got this bass for Christmas. All I can say is WOW! There is definitely American craftsmanship in this bass. The neck is slim and fast. Not only does the satin-coating on the back of the neck look good, it feels good, also. The action is low and easy to play, the finish on the body is beautiful, and the gloss on the neck and headstock is classy as well. The tone this bass has is very versatile as well, any tone you want you can get out of it. I have used it many times since getting it and have not been let down. If you're on the market for a new bass, I highly recommend checking one of these out!

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For Funk, Jazz, Blues and more!

By Stuartbassmaster

from San Antonio

Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

I play funk (a lot of slap) and this covers all my need for a great slap sound, feel great, its very soft if you know what I mean, the action its incredible, I really recommend this for the funk lovers, but not only for them, also for fingerstyle and taps, I was going to get the Marcus Miller Jazz Bass (also great) but after trying this one, I had no words!, also this one come with a fantastic case, also the finish..well..amazing, its light, I bought it in olympic white with maple fretboard and man! Looks great..try it or better GET IT.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing bass

By Sam

from Ma

Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

Santa was kind enough to give me this bass this year. Man do i love it. My first bass was a squire P bass, 2nd was a thunderbird, and my 3rd bass (and my old main bass) was a Schecter Custom 5 string. I went down from 5 strings and went to this. i am glad that i did. I am able to get every sound that i want. With the 2 single coil pickups, any sound can be produced. something that i was worried about was not being able to work with the control knobs to get the sounds i wanted. That is the best part of this bass. the one that is closest to the strings works for the Bridge pickup, the next one is for the neck pickup, and the one closest to the input is for tone control. After playing with them for about an hour, i knew that this is a great bass. Neck feels great, body feels amazing when your sitting down and standing up. The weight is weird though. I love it. its great because its lighter than my other basses but then again i have played basses that are lighter. Over all i love the weight but some people might not. Another plus is the look. i got the 3 tone sunburst with the maple neck and i have to say that it is amazing looking. when i play it people always tell me that it is a beautiful bass and i agree with them. One last thing is this: if you are going trying to decide between this and the P bass, go with this. If you put on only the bridge pickup, turn down the treble, then you get a sound exactly like a p bass. So stop reading this and buy it. you wont regret it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy & Baffled?

By Joseph

from Atlanta, Georgia

Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

I purchased this model in the sunburst color!! I was so excited to own my first Fender ever. I'm still pinching myself and find myself staring at the beauty of this instrument. Being that I have yet to master basic set up work on an intrument , I noticed a lot of fret buzzing during play and knew I wasn't comfortable with making the nessecary adjustments to eliminate this issue. I called a local GC store to price the setup cost and was told about $50 bucks. The only reason that didn't sit well with me is because I just spent $1250 for the bass!! As a professional sales person, I don't think someone spending that kind of money should encounter additional expenses for a "proper and basic" setup? GC... please keep that in mind when putting new instrument on the floor at that kind of price.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Love the Bass - Poor Customer service

By Brett Rothfeld

from Culver City, CA

Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

I love my new American Standard Jazz Bass.But when I went to pick it up at GC West LA. I noticed there was some fret buzz and I wanted some adjustments. The tech came over and took a look. He told me all instruments buzz,he'd already set it up and that's as good as it would get. He also told me that I got a good deal on this bass and if he did anymore he'd have to charge me. In twenty seven years of playing music and shopping at music stores I've never experienced treatment like this. I just shelled out 1,300 bucks,this bass should have been perfect. I took the bass and left. I am taking it to a local tech who will adjust it to my liking. I won't be making anymore major purchases at Guitar Center.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A classic bass.

By Jonathan D.

from Wilsonville, Or

Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

I'm a young teen musician (13) I have played bass for 2 and a half years, and this was my first "real" bass. I used to use an old Ibanez beginner, and I have had this bass for about a year. This bass has a good old classic tone, that you can recognize at gigs, mainly when you crank up the bridge pickup. I bought the Blizzard Pearl, with a Rosewood neck. It can do all styles, funk, rock, jazz, etc. The bass can do smooth walking lines, from fast slap lines. I highly recommend this bass, along with the P-Bass, and The MM Stingray.

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