The Fender Select series guitars and basses are true players’ instruments that put more than six decades of Fender experience and expertise on outstandingly appointed display and bring a wealth of hig... Read More
The Fender Select series guitars and basses are true players’ instruments that put more than six decades of Fender experience and expertise on outstandingly appointed display and bring a wealth of high-end features and elegant design options to discerning musicians everywhere. With choice tone woods, figured tops, strikingly beautiful finishes, figured and quartersawn maple necks with compound- radius fretboards, specially voiced Fender Select pickups that deliver masterful tone, and other first-rate features, the U.S.-made Select Series puts Fender’s top-line best in capable hands—yours.
The Select Jazz Bass elevates Fender's sonically versatile bass to the height of alluringly refined elegance and power, with a striking Amber Burst gloss-lacquer finish and flame maple top. Its modern “C” shaped quartersawn maple neck has Posiflex graphite support rods, a satin lacquer finish and rear-headstock “Fender Select” medallion. The smooth-playing compound radius rosewood fretboard (9.5”-14”) has 20 medium jumbo frets and stylish white pearloid position inlays. Two brand-new dual single-coil Fender Select Jazz Bass pickups pump warm and full low end, snarling midrange and ringing highs.
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I love this bass but I couldn't stand the hum and buzz from the Fender Select pickups. When one or the of the other pickups was rolled off, the bass became a directional hum antenna. (BTW I have a Marcus Miller JB that behaves the same way.) Got a local GC tech to apply shielding to the pickup and electronics cavities but it made no difference. Sprung $179.00 for a set of EMG-JVX pickups and now the guitar is excellent. Also, as another writer observed, you will have to "scuff" the back of the neck with some fine steel wool because the lacquer is somewhat tacky. Once you get the action dialed in, it plays beautifully.
Great look, great sound, a genuine Fender Jazz Bass at all!
The best bass guitar I?ve ever played!
Fantastic Bass!! Simply wonderfull.
This is what Fender advertises it as - a true player's instrument. I've had this bass for almost a year now. I really wanted to work it out before I rated it. I play it through an Ampeg SVT-4pro and a 6-10 cab. First of all - the sound. Just like everything else about this bass, the subtle qualities are there to do anything you want. You can get anything from the Jaco jazz sound, an acoustic feel, a deep, bluesy walking bass to the famous Fender growl simply by playing with the volume and tone controls and where you play it with your right hand. These pickups do it all with more range and feel than the American Standard. Then there is the playability. The compound radius neck is awesome. I really didn't notice how awesome it was at first. After playing it for a couple months, I picked my American Standard up and was amazed at how much harder it was to play (I set both of them up myself to spec). The subtleties, speed, and ease of playing this neck is something I don't ever want to do without now that I am used to it. The look of the flame maple top is just simply a piece of art. When I bought this, I was taking a chance. The subtle differences, ranges and playability just didn't come through sitting in a music store. The difference in price didn't seem worth it, but I tried it anyway. Once you get it home and really get to use it and appreciate the subtleties, you won't want to go back to anything else. The better and more complex a player you become, the more you learn to appreciate this bass.
I've been finicky with my last couple of purchases, but I'm really digging this bass. I'll say it looks like a million bucks, and the single coils sound really, really nice albeit the hum (which is even present with both pickups on full). Much thicker/fuller sound than any other single coils I've had. Apparently mine is the 86th one (according to the certificate it came with)...no big deal. The finish looks much better in person, and mine is thankfully much lighter than the promotional store pictures I've seen. It came set up perfect for my liking...not extremely low action or high...just right, and easy enough to play some quick fills. The fretwork was much nicer than I've had on my American standards. The bass is soooo light too, and came in weighing 8.8 lbs. It's the lightest bass I've owned...seriously. My only complaints are that the lacquer finish on the body and neck (nitro?) was a bit sticky...but a little ultra fine steel wool and polish cured that. It's typical Jazz bass noisy (shielding job would have been nice), and since they used a 3 piece body, the back should have been black. This is my opinion per the price compared to that of the American Standard. Do I still like my bass...Hell Yes! And...unfortunately, it is routed beneath the pickguard...so no clear pickguard for this baby...but the parchment looks sharp. It reminds me of a Les Paul with a flamed top and cream pickguard.
I'm really digging this bass, and in my opinion it looks like a million bucks. The specially voiced (for the Select Jazz) single coils sound really, really nice. Much thicker/fuller sound than any other single coils I've had in the American Standards I've owned. Apparently mine is the 86th one (according to the certificate it came with)...no big deal. The finish looks much better in person, and mine is thankfully much lighter than the promotional store pictures I've seen. Unfortunately, the body was routed like most traditional Fender jazz basses, so using a clear pickguard is not an option; However, I think the parchement pickguard looks fine. It reminds me of the Les Pauls I've always admired with flame tops and cream pickguards. BUT, this is a reason I did not give it 5 stars. I also realize that the 60 cycle hum is an inherent problem with single coil pickups (when soloing one or the other), but I would have expected Fender to do a better job of shielding it at this price point. BUT, since I'm somewhat ignorant when it comes to pricier Fender offerings, this might be the usual. Now the reasons why I think it's a great bass...it came set up perfect for my liking(not a big deal, I can do my own setups)...not extremely low action or high...just right, and easy enough to play some quick fills/runs. The fretwork was much nicer than I've had on my American standards...it was actually perfect imo. It was very light as well coming in at 8.8 lbs, which is the lightest Jazz bass I've ever owned. The lacquer finish on the body and neck (nitro?) was initially a bit sticky...but it's a bit humid here in Maryland, and it spent 2 days riding around in a truck. After polishing it, and wiping the neck with ultra fine steel wool, and letting it sit for a couple of days, it felt nice as it should. I'd have to say that it does feel better than a couple of the new American Standard Jazz basses I've owned, and the many more I've played. Yeah...I think it's worth it. I can't put my finger on it, it's just the way it feels, sounds, and looks. It's a well built bass, and it really does sound great. Fender did a nice job with the inlays and fretwork, and the neck has a vintage like tint on the neck, which goes well with the gorgeous flamed top (the cap looks relatively thin-maybe an 1/8th of an inch). The case is an awesome tweed...and yes, Fender finally included some Schaller strap locks! WooHoo!
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