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Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass  Black Rosewood Fretboard

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The special-edition Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass features a bound basswood body with a unique carved top, a maple neck with rosewood fingerboar...Read More

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A high-performance, lightweight bass with a strikingly different appearance.

The special-edition Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass features a bound basswood body with a unique carved top, a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and matching painted headstock. It's loaded with a Precision/Jazz pickup combination and rear-routed, top-mounted controls. The lack of a pickguard and fretboard inlays (side dots only) give the Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass an especially clean, no-nonsense look.

FEATURES
  • Black polyurethane finish
  • Basswood body with unique radius and carved top
  • Maple neck with C shape and satin polyurethane finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard (stained with side dots only)
  • 7-1/4" radius
  • 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • 1 split-coil Precision pickup (mid)
  • 1 single-coil Jazz pickup (bridge)
  • Volume, volume, tone controls (rear routed)
  • No pickup switching
  • Standard 4-saddle bridge
  • Standard machine heads
  • Smoked chrome hardware
  • No pickguard
  • 34" scale length
  • 1-1/2" nut width
  • Top-mounted input jack

A smooth, clean instrument with a look of understated elegance. Order today.

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FenderAerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass
 
4.9

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Looks Great + Great Feature Set = Value, Value, Value

I play rock, blues, and punk rock. I bought this bass used because it had the features that I wanted (jazz neck, precision pup, jazz body, Bad Ass bridge), and...Read complete review

I play rock, blues, and punk rock. I bought this bass used because it had the features that I wanted (jazz neck, precision pup, jazz body, Bad Ass bridge), and it is absolutely gorgeous to look at. When I got it, the previous owner had set it up for slapping. It had round-wound strings and the the action was nice and low, but it made too much string-against-fret noise. It just sounded dead. I knew I had to change strings and set it up, but I was disappointed and lost interest in it. I had it up for sale for about six months. In the meantime, I had it on a guitar rack in my office with a couple of other basses. Slowly but surely I started picking it up more and more. I finally put on a nice pair of Rotosound flats, and it immediately came to life for me. I fell in love with the feel of the neck, the softness of the fret board, and the sheer beauty of the black with cream trim. I love the stealthy look of the neck. The neck is fast. The body balances nicely. It's incredibly light so it's easy to find that sweet balance spot and lock it in place. I play the guitar on the P pup mostly for that bluesy rock sound, and I dial in a little of the J pup and the tone when I need to cut through the mix a little. Wonderful guitar.
This bass has the feature set that I was looking for: Jazz neck, Jazz body, p/j pups and a Bad Ass bridge. The Strat style jack is a plus (it looks great and allows for a low-profile plug-in).
I'll never let anyone tell me that the non-American made Fenders are lower quality. This bass has a polished well-made feel.Sometimes lighter guitars can have a low-quality feel, but the Aerodyne feels solid and tight.
The feature set alone is worth it. It's at least two guitars in one (a Pbass and a J bass).

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Very Pleased

I gave the Aero 3.5's on Features & Quality. Only because I wish it had a mid range cut/boost (feature I love on the Stingray)and a better bridge. But that's...Read complete review

I gave the Aero 3.5's on Features & Quality. Only because I wish it had a mid range cut/boost (feature I love on the Stingray)and a better bridge. But that's nothing to complain about. Out of the box, the action was very low and acurate. It's a GREAT looking bass and the graphite pegs & knobs enhance the reflective, gloss look. It's light weight and has NUTS! I use Mark Bass/Mesa/Trace amps. The Aero works well with them all, Sans Amp or direct. ... PS. You can't tell by the picture, but the pinstripe gives it that Les Paul trip look..... Very nice. It was a good purchase. Impressive for an import!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Would Buy in Bulk if I Could!

By Matt

from Boston, MA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Bound Edge Digs Into Your Arm
  • Delicate Finish

Best Uses

  • Anything that requires a bass
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

I bought this bass used a little while ago. It was already set up and had flats on it so the action was super low. I didn't change them out because the thing played just perfectly. I even bought a set of Steve Harris signature flats on them and combined with this bass it was super easy to nail his tone. Even when I changed over to rounds it only took a small truss rod adjustment and setup to get it playing perfectly. I switched out the bridge pickup but not because it was bad or anything. I just wanted something different. I also modded it so that I could split the output of the pickups in stereo. The control cavities are a little small but I don't blame them for it. The quality is second to none and I love the super high gloss. My one annoyance was that the finish around the neck pocket chipped. The finish takes dings super easily but that is common of basswood. It's a very soft wood and anything made of it will ding and dent before cracking. It's also kinda heavy but you get used to it pretty quickly. Anyway, I love this bass and wish I could get more. I also kinda wish that Fender would offer more colors other than black like they used to. All in all, Fender MIJ/CIJ instruments are of exceptional quality for their price

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Well Dressed Bass

By Eric

from undisclosed

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • This is a Bass in a tuxedo

Cons

  • Bowed Neck

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

    The pictures don't do justice to this beautiful bass. This is the only Fender with a carved top, and the back is sculpted as well. The front has a cream colored binding that you can't see in the pictures.
    The action seemed high so looked more closely and discovered the bowed neck.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sounds as good as it looks!

    By Clarice

    from Atlanta

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • P/J combo provides any bass sound you want.
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

      The Aerodyne body sheds some weight and you still have a full 34"scale. Black with smoked chrome trim - This bass is beautiful!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!

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      By Jackkkkkkkkli

      from NY

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good looking
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Performing
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

        Berry gud!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great bass!

        By Liam

        from New York, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

          A great instrument!

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great high-quality bass guitar with tone to spare.

          By Texas Bob

          from Texas

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

            Tone? I've owned and played basses ranging from Fender American Jazz to Gibson SG 30-inch scale to Ibanez SR 570 with active pickups. Of those, the most tone possibilities belonged to the Ibanez active UNTIL I got this Made in Japan Fender Aerodyne Bass with passive pickups. Wow! Isolating the P pickups and the J pickup really highlights the tone possibilities of this magnificent bass. And blending the two sets of pickups offers infinite tone possibilities for any musical situation. It's great to turn a nob and instantly hear a change in tone. Playability? Hands down, the Aerodyne is the smoothest, easiest-fretting bass I've ever had the pleasure to play. My Gibson SG would come closest but would still rank second. The spacing between the strings somehow feels "logical" to my fingers. I lowered the action just a bit and found my comfortable setting. No fret buzz and intonation remained perfect. And this bass stays in tune! Fit and Finish? You can "feel" the quality just holding this beautiful lightweight but well-balanced instrument. Then when you play a run, you just have to smile! I am excited and happy with this great high-quality bass guitar.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WOW

            By Bill

            from North Carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

              Bought this bass after reading so many great reviews. Truly worth MORE than what I paid. Better than I expected. They sell this bass way too cheap.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Perfect 10!

              By JohnnyC3399

              from Anniston, Alabama

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

                I bought this bass for it's good looks and I didn't think it would perform as it does! I tuned it and have played it daily right out the box...no initial setup was required....I am elated with every aspect of this Jazz Bass. It is one great deal its price....I recommend it highly.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love it

                By Timothy Garner

                from New England

                Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

                I bought this bass to get the combination P-bass pick-ups with the J-bass neck and bridge pick-up. Out of the box, it kind of sounded average, but when I put some D'Addariao ECB82 flatwound strings on it, it came alive and sounded wonderful.

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                (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                japanese made = quality

                By anthony silvestri

                from baltimore md

                Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

                i bought this bass unseen going only on reviews and was not disappointed.i play a p bass and was looking for a lighter bass with the same sound. what i got was a bass that i think sounds better and my shoulder thanks me every night.
                beautiful black finish, controls are top notch, great neck, style and design are are tastefull and unique
                i can understand why no case or gig bag is offered to keep the price of this piece down. once i played it, unplugged, out of the box , it wasn't an issue.

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