Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass  

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Upgraded with modern features to give the working musician a versatile, sweet-playing instrument at a reasonable price. It has the comfortable modern C-neck profile, medium-jumbo frets, and Vintage No... Click To Read More About This Product

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Upgraded with modern features to give the working musician a versatile, sweet-playing instrument at a reasonable price. It has the comfortable modern C-neck profile, medium-jumbo frets, and Vintage Noiseless pickups with active 3-band EQ combined with the standard volume and pan. Traditional yet modern.

Features
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Alder body
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Vintage Noiseless Jazz Bass Pickups
  • Master volume, pan, plus 3-band active EQ
  • Includes deluxe gig bag
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FenderDeluxe Active Jazz Bass
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Make Sure You Get a Good One...

I am a Fender Jazz Bass fanatic, and have owned several over the years. My main bass was a black 1973 Jazz until the early 1990s and since then a sunburst "1962...Read complete review

I am a Fender Jazz Bass fanatic, and have owned several over the years. My main bass was a black 1973 Jazz until the early 1990s and since then a sunburst "1962 reissue" manufactured in 1992, and a 2007 Highway One Jazz. A year and a half ago, I found a "vintage white" (light yellow) MIM Deluxe Jazz on sale. The bass has a very vintage vibe to it. I have played it since then mainly in my church praise band and at home. The bass has a fast ?C? neck and quiet electronics, but it is NOT built to American series standards. Mine required neck/fret work to correct a dead 16th fret zone by a Fender tech. (Free to me under warranty). The chrome on the tuners is unevenly applied and has tool marks from the dipping process. The tuners themselves allow the low E string to go flat too easily, and the stock bridge is the weakest link on the bass. The nut was cut a bit out of tolerance requiring the low E string to have extra windings to put enough downward pressure over the nut for good definition of notes. E string definition was a bit disappointing. In stock configuration I would give the bass an overall rating of 2.5 as delivered to me from the music store. But? following the neck modifications and the addition of a Leo Quan BAII bridge, this bass has become a music machine! The new bridge totally transformed the instrument. Now I would describe the sound as punchy, defined, and harmonically rich. The bass is very useful in rock, funk, blues, gospel, jazz, etc. Action is nice and low with a great Jazz Bass growl. The active electronics provide P-Bass to Jaco sounds quite nicely. The bass was so improved I bought a Fender HSC for it to replace the stock gig bag. So in current configuration it holds it?s own with my American made Fenders. Bottom line is it may (will?) require some tweaks but the basics for a killer bass guitar are there to be coaxed from it. If you need a real player without the need for tweaks I would strongly consider the Highway One Jazz Bass.

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Disappointment

i purchased this bass as my first a little while ago and i couldn't wait to gig with it. after a short time i learned that in order to put the 9v battery in...Read complete review

i purchased this bass as my first a little while ago and i couldn't wait to gig with it. after a short time i learned that in order to put the 9v battery in the plate in the back was screwed in and it took a long time to unscrew the tiny screws. the batteries then would not last very long and it became a nuisance. i went back to gc and traded for an ibanez sr300 and i found no comparison. the sr was lighter, better sound, and playability. i played standard j basses too and i found them to be better

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(38 of 45 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Look No Further

By jimbo

from Ventura, CA

Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass:

Fender is known as one of the best manufacturers of music equipment in the world. The Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass is a perfect example of why. It took me months of searching for find a bass guitar that had the perfect tone and best overall sound available. I looked at and tried many other bass guitars including several other Fender's, but this one was the BEST. It allows for the best control of sound with the pots and depending what kind of rig you have, you can get the smoothest richest sound out. The construction of this bass is what takes the cake. The stock pickups are good. The only reason I would change them if for personal preference. The neck is nice and comfortable, and the action is perfect. the only thing I would change is the stock strings. I would change them out to whatever strings give you the best sound for what type of music you play. If you want to play Jazz, Blues and Classic rock, let me recommend DR Strings Marcus Miller Fat Beams. Believe me. If you want to play bass, THIS is the one you want to play.

(27 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

MIM...means they cut some corners

By Blue+Pinup=CustomShop

from Reidsville, NC

Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass:

I've had one of these basses for about 2 years now, and I love it. It has the best tone of any stock bass I own. I have another Jazz that I made into a Active deluxe copy I loved it so much. I suggest that anyone looking for a great playing, great sounding bass to stop right here......Just put a new bridge on it. Mine had incorrect set screws for the saddle height and my action would fall, leaving my strings stuck to the pickups. So, just be a lil weary of the Mexican assembly and have it set up properly when you get it, and change the bridge.

(27 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Make Sure You Get a Good One...

By Sal

from Indiana

Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass:

I am a Fender Jazz Bass fanatic, and have owned several over the years. My main bass was a black 1973 Jazz until the early 1990s and since then a sunburst "1962 reissue" manufactured in 1992, and a 2007 Highway One Jazz. A year and a half ago, I found a "vintage white" (light yellow) MIM Deluxe Jazz on sale. The bass has a very vintage vibe to it. I have played it since then mainly in my church praise band and at home. The bass has a fast ?C? neck and quiet electronics, but it is NOT built to American series standards. Mine required neck/fret work to correct a dead 16th fret zone by a Fender tech. (Free to me under warranty). The chrome on the tuners is unevenly applied and has tool marks from the dipping process. The tuners themselves allow the low E string to go flat too easily, and the stock bridge is the weakest link on the bass. The nut was cut a bit out of tolerance requiring the low E string to have extra windings to put enough downward pressure over the nut for good definition of notes. E string definition was a bit disappointing. In stock configuration I would give the bass an overall rating of 2.5 as delivered to me from the music store. But? following the neck modifications and the addition of a Leo Quan BAII bridge, this bass has become a music machine! The new bridge totally transformed the instrument. Now I would describe the sound as punchy, defined, and harmonically rich. The bass is very useful in rock, funk, blues, gospel, jazz, etc. Action is nice and low with a great Jazz Bass growl. The active electronics provide P-Bass to Jaco sounds quite nicely. The bass was so improved I bought a Fender HSC for it to replace the stock gig bag. So in current configuration it holds it?s own with my American made Fenders. Bottom line is it may (will?) require some tweaks but the basics for a killer bass guitar are there to be coaxed from it. If you need a real player without the need for tweaks I would strongly consider the Highway One Jazz Bass.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

After all - it's a Fender!

By SurferJoe

from Anza, CA.,

Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass:

I bought mine at GC Murrietta, CA., and I had played it there for a couple of months, trying to decide f it was THE ONE or not. It was the one! For some reason this was on the second high rack and it was there a long time - why? I dunnow. It's MIM and active, so maybe people were scared of that - after all Fender is not known for it's great quality control. I tried it one more time and put a deposit on it for layaway still looking at a few more Js. I wasn't happy with any others but only this one. My other Fender is a Precision, and I guess I am spoiled by it's tone and voicing, but this J is incredible! It is NOT a P - but it comes very close! I've heard people say that they can make it sound like a P - but that's just a lot of wishful thinking. This is a great guitar when you get those poor Fender strings off of it. I went with Elixir Nanos and that's where it's gonna stay! You will not be disappointed with the versatility of this bass, and the Active EQ does it all very well. The other active I have is an Ibanez SR500, and although this is the same idea. it is many tones and capacities apart from the Ibanez. I love them both equally - but they are different fish too. I don't foresee any troubles with this bass at all. The neck is well set up and intoned correctly. The string height from the factory is just great and the pots are clean and noiseless. If you base your decision to buy this bass on the sound those rotten factory strings make, then you will miss a great bass.

(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disappointment

By Dr.Shredmaster

from Philadelphia,PA

Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass:

i purchased this bass as my first a little while ago and i couldn't wait to gig with it. after a short time i learned that in order to put the 9v battery in the plate in the back was screwed in and it took a long time to unscrew the tiny screws. the batteries then would not last very long and it became a nuisance. i went back to gc and traded for an ibanez sr300 and i found no comparison. the sr was lighter, better sound, and playability. i played standard j basses too and i found them to be better

(3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The FENDER jazz bass

By Sam Mogel

from worcester MA

Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass:

Not only does the Fender jazz bass have a robust and full sound but it is as beautful as the sixteenth chapple, The way the guitar looks is outstanding with its two tone knobs and one volume knob it fits so beautfuly and the best way to experince the Fender jazz bass is on a 410 pro cabinet with a BASSMAN 1200 pro head with some Fender pure nickel roundwound bass strings and a Fender 355 celluloid pick and a neoprene bass strap and a vintage voltage cable and dont forget to clean up your beautful Fender bass with Fender instrument care kit and clean your amp with amp and case restoration kit and then store away your masterpice with a Fender jazz bass flight case and if you have all of those wonderfull things you are one lucky bassist.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Bass

By Jimbo

from St. Louis, MO

Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass:

I have been looking for a better bass than my Fender Standard P-Bass, and this search ended with this bass. I looked at all sorts of Fenders - from the standards to the American series. In my opinion, I found that this bass is better than the American Jazz basses in quality, workmanship, and sound. Everything about it is great, and I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great quality bass for a lesser price than the American series.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Needs Tweeks but Value is Great

By Brian

from Baton Rouge, LA

Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass:

I have had this bass for a solid 4 years and the only addition I need is a 5 string bass for low tone because this bass does everything I need. First buying it, I noticed that playing slap lines would ridiculously easily lower my G string and make the action so low that the string would stick to the pickups. The pickups that came with it originally were nice with the active controls but I needed something a little better in that department too. With the addition of Seymor Duncan Bass Lines pickups and a Leo BA2 bridge, this thing is amazing. With a fresh set of strings and the pickup selector turned back to the rear, the active tone combined with the rock solid bridge gives incredible tone. I played passive basses before this one, and once going active, I'm never turning back and neither will you.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tone!

By Ben

from Grand Rapids Michigan

Site Member

Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass:

This bass is just overall fantastic great control over what sound you want to put out, it works for all types of music whether you're playing blues, jazz, country, hard rock, or soft rock. This will not disappoint. However the one warning I will give is that the color of the bass is a good bit darker than the picture makes it appear.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FDAJB

By Johnny

from hutington beach CA

Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass:

Sure you may need to tweek one of these basses to fit your preferences but bang for the buck my opinion is that this is one of the best guitars you can own this is my second i just got a black one i love the action and the ease of tone control between songs if you are looking for tone and a solid platform here it is so what about the strings i prefer rotosound jazz77 bottom line i regretted the loss of the first one and my fingers are happy again i have much more expensive guitars and this one rolls with them i generally set up all my guitars my way so dont be turned away from a great peice by KNITPICKERS

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