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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... Read More

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Overview

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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4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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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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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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5.0

Fender American Standard Jazz Bass Tobacco Sunburst

By Robert Hetsko

from Denver Co

This is the bass I have always wanted. This is the bass you should own. It sounds unbelievable through my SVT-3 Pro with 4-10 Avatar Neos. The custom shop mid 60's pickups make a huge difference over last years model. The quality is superb, except the pickguard will show the screw holes as dots when it reflects stage lights. Picky, picky, I know. The sustain is like nothing else I have played. The action is excellent, though I have not had my second adjustment yet by Jay at Guitar center (the best guy ever!) The tobacco sunburst finish is impeccable. I have found the ability to control dynamics and notes to be outstanding in this bass. When I hit that fat note, no need to play a lot just let it ride and its a beautiful thing. The sound of the notes across the fretboard is amazingly consistent and resonant. There are a lot of great basses out there, this is a fine instrument and worthy of your consideration due to its versatility and tone control in all genres of music. It is the standard.

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5.0

Wow

By carter hedrick

from Terre Haute Indiana

I've been playing for 30 years and have had many basses, rigs, and assorted PA equipment. The Fender American Standard Jazz bass is the best piece of musical gear I have ever bought. It has great tone and plays like a dream. A friend of mine told me to never be afraid to buy the best because you'll never be disappointed. This bass is the best. And I wrote this review because I'm just that happy. No one paid me and I'm a real person. Rock on!

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5.0

I feel out of place

By Sam

from mass

I have a big problem with this bass. But before i get to that let me say what i like, i mean, LOVE about this bass. The look is classic you really cant change anything. sound is amazing. with the 2 pickups, you can get every sound out of this bass that you want. With any amp, you can go from a bass-ey sound (upright ish) to a full on jaco/slap sound. The knobs are really easy to use. i thought it would be complicated but really its just volume for the bridge and neck pickup plus a knob for the overall tone. the tuning pegs are amazing. I tuned my old bass once a day but with this bass, the only time i ever tune it is if i hit one of them, or want to go to a different tuning. It sounds great with Standard tuning, Drop D, D standard (DGCF), and even drop C (CGCF). i tried to try it in BEAD but the strings just get to floppy at that point. Bottom line is that these pickups make the strings sound great no matter what tuning you are in. Also all types of music are good on this bass. i can go from a funk song to jazz to heavy metal with a few turns of the switches. its amazing!!! Last but not least is the weight. It is more heavy than my other bass but that is fine because i love the weight. Although i am not in a touring band, i sometimes play gigs around with my high school jazz band and even some other bands in the area. The longest i have played with this bass is 3 hours with 2 (maybe 3 breaks) and it felt great. As long as you dont keep it far below your belt your back will be fine. Now as i said before i do have one big problem. The problem is that this bass is to perfect. Before i got this bass, i would search every bass in the world thinking "i want that bass because...". Now owning this bass, i cant find one that could be a better upgrade. I have looked at every bass out there and i cant find one that is better than this one. Sadly, i think that this is the last bass that i will buy. then again, i could go for the Fretless and 5 string version :P

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Love the Bass - Poor Customer service

By Brett Rothfeld

from Culver City, CA

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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy & Baffled?

By Joseph

from Atlanta, Georgia

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.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Bass..............

By DAS

from Grand Rapids MI

I am a guitar player by guilty pleasure.. For twenty five years.. I needed a bass to fill the bottom end of my recordings.. After all of the research and playing time I ended up purchasing this Awesome Bass!!! It plays rather smoothly and sounds fantastic.. I find myself riffing with this alot more that first anticipated. The only gripe is.... And its a no brainer (single coil)... But, the pickups hum just a tad bit when located in certain positions near my recording gear.. No prob.. Just move till it stops.. I suppose that I could throw in a pair of noiseless pups but why???? It does sound perfect.. My styles are blues, jazz, rock/fusion.... If you are considering a purchase look no furthur... You will love it.. Oh and I bought the sunburst with a rosewood neck... Tremendously exquisite............

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing bass

By Sam

from Ma

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.

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5.0

The Best

By Cameron

from Cass City, MI

I played this at a local Guitar Center. This bass is the best. When I slap I dont hear the string hitting the fret board, I never hear tapping from the string when I play anything. This bass is too pricy for me right now but in the future this bass is mine! The sound is rich and deep and everything I could ask for on a bass. The pick ups sound remarkable. If the Sunburst was 400 dollars cheaper I'd buy it, but don't be discouraged, this bass is amazing and it is worth the price afterall. Fender hasn't dissapointed me yet :)

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(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A classic bass.

By Jonathan D.

from Wilsonville, Or

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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(1 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jazz Bass

By Doug New Bass Player

from Novi MI

I just picked up a 3 tone Jazz bass, this is really my first higher end bass as I am new to this and have wanted to learn to play bass for a long time, from the experts, was this a good choice for a bass for me to start on? Thanks.

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