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Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass Black Rosewood Fretboard

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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 80 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Recording (11)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great high-quality bass guitar with tone to spare.

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...Read complete review

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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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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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

By Raymond Angelo

from California

Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

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).

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender, Aerodyne Jazz Bass

By Gabby Murray

from Los Angeles, California

Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

The Aerodyne is, lovely, it has a slim neck and body. You can easily monuver around the Bass without your fingers tripping out and hitting the wrong frets. I have had so many comments about the appearances its a beautiful, slim & sexy Bass! I love everything bout this Bass and I have no dislikes. After Band practices, my shoulder does not ache, it's so light and conveniant. I'm in a Punk Rock band so when I'm on stage the bass feels like air when I'm jumping around like a spaz! The Fret board is soo perfect for my small hands.
I totally 100% recommend this Bass to Bassist that like lightweight Bass while performing. I totally recommend it!
Amaazing product
This Product, I could not be more happy with! This Bass is beautiful! I have 3 words for it! Slim, Slender & Sexy! (try saying that 10 times over)

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yet another perfect Fender

By punkbassist1992

from Louisville

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Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

After putting in some seymour duncan bassline's quarter pounders in the middle and bridge positions to give the bass a little more bass response and "oomph" I was completely satisfied. Sound wise, it resonates very well and will sustain a note for days if you wanted it to. Cosmetically, its a real head turner. When you walk into a venue every bassist in the room (and even some guitar players) wanna get thier hands on it. As far as tone goes, this thing is the swiss army knife of the bass world. With the right eq settings and with the knobs turned to the right spots this bass can play anything and everything. If you want a bass that will make people jealous whn they see it and really make them feel a "kick" when you plug it in, this is the bass for you.
The P/J pick up configuration is a really nice touch. I feel that it adds a lot of tonal versatility. Dial in 50% on the P-bass pick up and let J-bass and tone knob run wide open and you get a good amount of crunch for hard rock and the heaviest of metal. Dial the tone knob back and you get a nice clean sound for tapping while the notes still stay articulate. Great for punk, metal, funk, and everything in between. The carved body really takes away alot of the weight so its great for long sets (however it still resonates just as much as my 15+ pond p-bass) and the off-white/ cream looks absolutuely stunning next to the high gloss black finish.
I've had this bass for close to 6 months and have never had the first problem come up. The finsh is as thick as a dinner plate and only has 2 small chips in the back (both of which happened prior to my ownership. It was purchased as a floor model on clearence). It stays in tune very well (this thing can take hours of aggresive play and hard practices and still not need a tuning).
As i stated above i purchased this on clearence as it was a floor model that had taken a bang here and there. However i would have been more than happy to pay the full price for such a nice bass.

(7 of 7 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.

    (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.

    (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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sounds as good as it looks!

    By Clarice

    from Atlanta, GA

    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!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Oh, wow, shut it.

      By Lord Nelson

      from Jersey City, NJ

      Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

      I bought this bass used to replace a Squier Precision from somewhere around 97. The guy I bought it from had really fat strings on it and the action really high, but, after I set it up and got some reasonable strings, it plays better than any bass I've ever played, including MusicMan and Fenders costing two or more times as much. It's VERY light, which is awesome, and the split pickup is great. Jazz is just okay, but if you're a P player or P/J player, give it a shot.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      OK, this is a great bass period!

      By The Grouch-vtR2R

      from California

      Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

      I am a gigging musician and have owned everything out there. I have to say, get this one now. I have sold more basses after taking them to the gig than I can count. I bought this as a backup, but it may make it to the show. I play a US p bass that has been heavily modified. I added a double humbucker in the bridge on my p bass and an Audere preamp. Nothing could sound and play better, or could it? This Aerodyne is magic. I added an Audere pre to it as well and WOW. For the money, you would have to pay thousands to compare to the build quality, playability and sound. For more versatility, add the Audere preamp and you'll never look back. Sorry Pedulla, you are up for bids.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing bass, not much else to say.

      By Anthonymic1245

      from North Carolina

      Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

      I have been playing bass for about 9 years, 5 of which have been spent playing this bass. An amazing bass. The neck is very thin for a bass, and you can really get going fast with your fingers. Jazz pickup is very good. Provides very clean, deep sound. Perfect for a Zeppelin sound. The precision pickup is pretty good, only reason I give it a 4.5 for features. It sounds great for a high-range treble. When you combine the two, it sounds very good. The mid-range, sounds very good, but sometimes doesn't get "punchy" enough for my liking. But all in all, this bass is a dream. I have yet to play a bass that I like remotely as much as my Aerodyne. Even the super expensive Sting Rays. If you want a fender, this is the way to go. Combines the best of both worlds as far as Precision and Jazz basses go. Dont waste your money on any other combination bass.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tone Sweet Tone...

      By Strat-over-LP

      from Lincoln, CA

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      Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

      I am mainly a guitarist but have been playing bass almost as long. For most of that time I had a 78 Rickenbacker 4001 burgundy which played really nice and had that sweet tone. That was something I didn't think I could find in any other bass out there, especially a Fender. I never went for the thumpy low sound of the P bass or the brighter but duller sound of the J bass that I had come to think of them. Wow was I surprised with this. First off, due to finances, I let the Ricky go last summer so wanted something I could afford with the remainder of the money and I saw an Aerodyne in the local shop. I was impressed by the looks of it but the tone was unreal. So unlike what I had expected. So I bought one used. Mine is the previous offer with the output jack going out at a 90 degree versus the newer design using the Strat angular plate. That being said they are pretty much the same. Such wonderful tones and it was already set perfectly, all I did was put on some new strings and I was able to get some wonderful bottom end with some really bright treble, especially off the upper register on the D and G strings. Exactly what I like. One note, when volumes are full on, the overall volume output drops slightly. Backing off the J pickup just a smidge straightens that out in a hurry. A very nice player, very comfortable neck. The looks can't be beat! Love the no fret markers even though it can foul me up sometimes. Overall, I didn't think I was going to find a bass to equal my long gone Rick but I feel I made the right choice. These things are going up in price too. Fender knows they got a good one here. When I can afford I'm going to pick up the Precision model, in blue, as well.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome bass

      By Richard Feagin

      from Ridgeville, SC

      Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

      I love this bass guitar it sounds great and has a very sleek look ive played every type of music from country to metal and it dose it with ease and its well worth the money my only complaint is the black chrome hardware discolors easy

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Mine's great (though hums) - but not all of them are

      By Rob

      from England, UK, and Colorado, USA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Inconsistent Manufacturing

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

      When I bought my Aerodyne two years ago, I wanted one bass which could do it all. Deep booms, growly snarl, softness and subtlty, bright and clear. Something that could blend in with any music style. The list of instruments I tried (from £ to £££) included Squier Standard PJ (one had a broken jack socket new in the shop; the other's wood was dead and unresonant); Fender Blacktop Jazz (didn't like the neck finish), Fender Special Run Aerodyne (slightly cheaper, with pickguard, but less resonant and bassy); and a Fender US Special or Deluxe(?) PJ with loads of features but costing twice as much.

      I settled on this Aerodyne. The only thing it lacks is a really growly snarl if I wanted to do metal, but anything and everything else is covered. Playability is perfect. Nice acoustic sound. Pups and pots are perfectly designed* - any combination of the nobs is usable for something musically. Lovely lovely.

      However. The other day in a big music store I was trying out tuners and straps (without my precious Aerodyne) and behold! I saw an Aerodyne just like mine on the wall. I took it off and - no, it's not just like mine. The new one weighed at least a third less, I mean I felt it right away, not even side by side comparing. The acoustic sound was much thinner and less resonant. I read then it was basswood and thought mine couldn't possibly be basswood - it sounds great!

      To be fair, it's probably the basswood on mine which gives it that natural softness allowing me to blend in with small acoustic groups, yet mine is resonant and loud enough to go big and boomy or cutting clarity when I need to. Not true of the one in the shop, I probably couldn't get as much depth or cut out of it.

      So, make sure you try the INDIVIDUAL instrument before you buy, and not rely on the large price tag to ensure manufacturing consistency - yours might be radically different from mine...

      *P.S. the bridge pickup does hum enough to give me a headache while idling, but isn't audible while playing.

      (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

      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Well Dressed Bass

      By Eric

      from undisclosed

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      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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!

        By Jack

        from NY, NY

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        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!

          (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!

            (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.

              (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.

                (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Proud owner!

                By pottemagarn

                from Landskrona Sweden

                Comments about Fender Aerodyne 4-String Jazz Bass:

                I`ve have used a "lot" of basses during the years, but this "avesome" thing, beats them all!The playabillity is wonderful! The look is wonderful....and the whole f-n creation.... Is wonderful!

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