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Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass

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Stylish, soulful, and astounding, the Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass has an ash body, distinctive black pickguard and control plate, one-piece C-shaped maple neck and fretboard with white binding and ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Stylish, soulful, and astounding, the Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass has an ash body, distinctive black pickguard and control plate, one-piece C-shaped maple neck and fretboard with white binding and pearl block inlays, and a satin finish. Vintage-style Jazz Bass pickups and a 2-band active EQ provide tonal magic. Other accents include a Badass II bridge, and 3-bolt neck plate. Includes Fender gig bag.

FEATURES

Ash body
One-piece C-shaped maple neck
Maple fretboard with white binding and pearl block inlays
Satin finish
Vintage-style Jazz Bass pickups
2-band active EQ
Bad Ass II bridge
Includes Fender gig bag
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4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Bass

I purchased this bass at the Guitar Center-and although not the most expensive, it was the best looking and sounding bass on the shelf. Superior looks and superior tone. I compared the quality...Read complete review

I purchased this bass at the Guitar Center-and although not the most expensive, it was the best looking and sounding bass on the shelf. Superior looks and superior tone. I compared the quality of this bass and the American Fenders side by side, and sound-wise, and the Marcus Miller was superior in every respect. Great tone-either for the traditional J-bass sound, or for slapping. I don't do much of the latter but wanted a bass that sounded good for all styles, and this is it. Again, a great looking and sounding bass. The only advice I would offer is that the preamp is pretty hot and somewhat trebly (at least through our house system) and you may need to crank down the treble/EQ to avoid fret noise.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

think twice?

I will get to my issues with my M.M Jazz Bass- The neck to body has a gap allowing for the neck to be shifted when yanked on, the active side is noisey(if...Read complete review

I will get to my issues with my M.M Jazz Bass- The neck to body has a gap allowing for the neck to be shifted when yanked on, the active side is noisey(if you keep your hands on the strings the noise is eliminated)I was disapointed that the preamp was not secured whithin the control cavity. The wiring could be more organized.I have already had to reconnect ground wires to the input jack. the pickups are not uniform meaning the level(low side is booming-high is "whimpy") and do not have springs underneath them. Iam disapointed that I paid over a grand for this axe and should have been more discerning, hope the next player takes a much closer look. As of now Iam in contact with Fender concerning these issues..On the plus side the finish is great. The neck has a good feel and plays well. The tone is good on its own(no amplification)I dont think Mr. Miller would think much about this intrument-my belief

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(55 of 57 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Bass

By Mike Jenkins

from Belleville, IL

I purchased this bass at the Guitar Center-and although not the most expensive, it was the best looking and sounding bass on the shelf. Superior looks and superior tone. I compared the quality of this bass and the American Fenders side by side, and sound-wise, and the Marcus Miller was superior in every respect. Great tone-either for the traditional J-bass sound, or for slapping. I don't do much of the latter but wanted a bass that sounded good for all styles, and this is it. Again, a great looking and sounding bass. The only advice I would offer is that the preamp is pretty hot and somewhat trebly (at least through our house system) and you may need to crank down the treble/EQ to avoid fret noise.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Jazz Bass

By Shane Marchant

from St. Peters, MO

I wasn't really searching for a bass until I came across this beauty. I first fell in love with the looks and then the sound. This bass really covers it all from that old Paul McCartney nice low punch to the famous Jaco Pastorius sound. I was looking for both and wasn't able to have 'em in the same package. Don't have the nicest set up amp wise just an old Fender, but I got a Line 6 Riff Tracker Guitar Port that has enable me to get any sound and I mean any. I would definently recommend this bass to anyone who only has a year under their belt to someone who's pro and touring.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Bass

By El Esteban del rocas

from Niles, MI

Just an all around good bass. I wanted to pick up a jazz bass to add to my guitarsenal, and this was one of two that I bought. I removed the thumb rest, since it prevented me from muting the strings when I slap, but other than that, I love everything about it. It can sound snappy, Fat, smooth, and everything in between. At least play it if you get a chance, its a very good bass

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good?

By Bassguy413

from California

Hell yeah, its absolutely fantastic. When I first plugged this bass in, the sound blew me away. The pickups are profound-producing deep, full lows, and wonderful highs. Flip on the active switch, and things get even better from there. It sucks that the price of this bass rose 100 dollars (used to be 899), but it is def worth saving up the extra C note. A beauty.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

think twice?

By keith

from columbus

I will get to my issues with my M.M Jazz Bass- The neck to body has a gap allowing for the neck to be shifted when yanked on, the active side is noisey(if you keep your hands on the strings the noise is eliminated)I was disapointed that the preamp was not secured whithin the control cavity. The wiring could be more organized.I have already had to reconnect ground wires to the input jack. the pickups are not uniform meaning the level(low side is booming-high is "whimpy") and do not have springs underneath them. Iam disapointed that I paid over a grand for this axe and should have been more discerning, hope the next player takes a much closer look. As of now Iam in contact with Fender concerning these issues..On the plus side the finish is great. The neck has a good feel and plays well. The tone is good on its own(no amplification)I dont think Mr. Miller would think much about this intrument-my belief

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bass "Beast" In The Making...

By Bassnyourface

from Buckeye, AZ

When I first got my MM I fell in love with it. It had the makings of producing the tone I've been searching for in a bass, but I thought it needed a little bit more. I dropped in a beefier preamp and put in custom split coils for the pickups. Even with the cost of the modifications I had made it's still a great value! Now it sounds like an MM bass!

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Marcus Miller Jazz Bass (a.k.a. slapmaster)

By MMfenderbass

from Land of 10,000 Lakes

Setting out to purchase my first "NEW" Bass to call my very own, the gleam of this Fender caught my eye instantly. I quickly learned this MM bass was built for slapping. Being a female Bass player I have struggled finding just the right instrument to become one with. This Fender is a bit hefty but the ease of play and the unbelieveable range of tones sealed the deal for me. ONCE YOU GO MARCUS, you can never go back. Excellent Bass, very well built, solid setup, and last but not least the string action and finger board on this BEAST is flawlessly beautiful.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Slap Bass

By POUEY

from Merrimack NH

I've owned my Marcus since they first came out,I paid $600.00 brand new at the time.It was my main Bass for the last 7yrs.Lately I haven't used it in a while because of the Amazing sounding Sting Ray I got(See my review on the stingray)and put the Marcus on the perverbial shelf.I was thinking about selling it untill I picked it up again,nahh,I think I'll keep it.The list price on these things is amazing,it tells me this will be a collectable.Very good sound and it looks cool too.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

MM Jazz Bass

By Brad McAlister

from Nashville, TN

This is a pretty sweet bass. It's by far my favorite looking bass. I went from playing a Gibson LP bass to this. This bass has a lot different feel the most, but that's not neccesarily bad. The neck is skinnier (like all J basses) and the action is a little different then i'm used to. But overall i have adjusted quickly and i love it. It definatly catches the eye of everyone when I'm on stage. Def, try it before you buy it just to get a feel for the instrument.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bass ever had

By vic

from Rising sun, MD

I had several basses in my life.I even sold the one I had in MI back in 94' because it was too unconfortable for my hand.Then a frien of mine had one of these microtilts from the 70's and it felt like heaven.Well, I couldnt afford the replica, and the 70's bass was not out yet, and I think they dont come with maple fretboard.So the MM was there.WOW my hands felt home.The history behind this micro tilts is funny too.CBS bought Fender and to save money came up with the microtilt idea.This bass is the best out there.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So Smooth!

By Zach

from Jacksonville,FL

Although I did not buy this amazing Bass,I played it!I love every Minute of it!It had the best Sound and It played so smooth.Also I love the metal Pickup cover,Most people take it off but it was somewhere to rest my thumb.It is an Amazing bass all the way through!the only downside in my Opinion is the Fret inlays,I cant see em.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best bass

By David

from Houston, TX

I have been playing for 7 years and this bass has been exactly what i have been wanting in a bass. I just can't believe how perfect it fit my style. Although it may not fit everyone, It fit me perfectly.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Try it before you buy it

By Mister Beagle

from Undisclosed

This is a pretty unique bass. I'm not sure about anyone else, but it felt a bit too laminated, and your my thumb didn't slide too well across the back of the neck. The tone is pretty good (although i never really discovered what the fourst knob does) The metal string cover can get in the way in some styles of playing. However, this is great for it's purpose. As a jazz bass, it can play very well, and is perfect for tapping melodies and harmonies victor wooten-style. However, the color of the inlays kindof blends in with the fingerboard, so it takes a while to get used to.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Japanese-built Guitar EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the Real Deal Smooth Groove

from Powell, TN

Allright guys, here's the deal. In general i stay away from fenders made anywhere else than america. The Mexican and Japanese Fenders just seem to be less sturdy and fall apart, probably because the materials used are cheaper. So i went into GC lookin for a good bass i could really slap on andfound it. The MM was perfect in almost every way. I was shocked when i finally bought it to find that it was Japanese and was hesitant to buy it, but after playing it i realized, THIS BASS IS PHENOMENAL!!!! I got a new set of strings on this bad boy and played till my fingers bled. It is built solidly, it looks beautiful, and i still havent found every sound in this machine. and i play on a basic amp. But the active to passive switch is amazing. If your afraid because its Japanese, DON'T BE. It is more sturdy, sounds better, and is easier to play than any American Fender for under $2,000 .

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing instrument

By FenderDude

from Yucatan, Mexico

i bought it in las Vegas in sep ̴��04. the Marcus Miller Jazz bass is a "all terrain" kind of machine. you can go from blues to funk, jazz to rock, progressive to latin and folk with a simple twist of knobs. incredible sustain and tone. amazing looks. tumb, picked or slapped, it will alway do the job. worths every penny.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING

By Joey

from Atanta

This is really an amazing bass. Out of all the basses I've played, this has one of the best tones, if not the best tone. I use this bass mostly for jazz, jazzy type rhythms, alt rock, and with studio work. No matter how you play (pick, pluck, slap) it still sounds bright, alive, and warm. I recommend this bass for serious players, especially those who are doing studio work where tone is key. Bottom line, the Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass is amazing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best sounding Jazz Bass

By Sylvester" Snap" Andrews

from New Orleans, la.

This bass blew my mind the minute I tried it out. The highs were bright. the low end was good, but the hum from the stock pick-ups was annoying. But I still purchased it. I had a good friend change the pickups to Bartolini and put in a Bart preamp in too. I found that the stock preamp was weak. After the upgrade it sounded just like Marcus Miller's bass. I heard it on The Loop station by Boss. all of my Buddies love it. This is the best of the Fender Jazz Basses. It sounds good with My GK 1001 RB Rig.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A modern classic!

By JMatt

from Memphis, Tenn.

What can I say, this bass will without a doubt be a collectors item one day! For starters, the tone of this bad boy is amazing. You can easily switch between active or passive mode to achieve a wide array of tones within seconds. The feel of this bass is also incredible. The neck is very smooth and fast which makes it suitable for any style. All I can say is that I had never cared for Fenders before I played this instrument, but this bass has certainly changed my mind! Some important things to note for potential buyers: This bass is heavy. I come from MusicMan backgrounds so I`m use to heavy basses, but this one feels even heavier than my StingRay. The bass only has 20 frets. Not a huge issue but one that should be noted. The neck is only a 3-bolt which is rumored to cause constant truss rod adjustments, however I`ve experienced no such problem in over a years time. The 'bell' over the pickup gets in the way a lot and covers the basses 'sweet spot' so you`ll probably need to remove it. Access to the battery pocket requires a screwdriver which is a pain(again considering I come from MusicMan backgrounds). Overall, this bass is still a 5-star and a must have for any players arsenal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Bass

By Dave

from Houston TX

I've had this now for about 3-4 years now so I think i have an honest opinion. After having it so long i've come to realize that this particular bass is very heavy. It is heavier than most other basses so if you plan to carry it make sure you get a wide leather strap. Also the electronics are not that great. You can get a sort of Hum because it is not grounded properly. To combat this you can either fix it or buy a Monster Instrument Bass cable. worked for me. Other than that it has been a very reliable, strong toned bass that can fix any style of music. It is my favorite bass. I've had a fender jazz standard, and a warwick fretless corvette and this is still my favorite.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tone for a great price

By Daniel Barletta

from Las Vegas NV

This bass is a machine!!!! It plays and sounds like Miller's own. I've played several different types of basses and I've never come across one that covers so many different varieties. What really sold me was the "active to passive" switch. The tone is unmatched for a bass at this price range. Besides the tone, this jazz bass looks awesome. It's got a really nice natural wood finish, and looks like a bass for a more "mature" audience. I've only owned it for a about a week but I cannot put it down. This bass will be with me until I die.

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