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Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass Natural Maple Fretboard

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  • Body: Alder with contoured heel
  • Finish: Gloss urethane
  • Neck: Maple, modern "C" shape, tinted, gloss polyurethane finish
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Updated electronics, vintage bridge, and a rugged alder body enhance one of the best Fender Jazz basses yet.

The 5-string Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V delivers the modern features that bassists demand in a sleek, familiar electric bass design. An updated preamp circuit brings deeply exhilarating active and passive tone. Powerful-yet-quiet N3 Noiseless pickups present more clean headroom, extended EQ range, and tighter low-end response. The tonal options are vast, thanks to the active/passive toggle switch and passive tone control. These amazing electronics effortlessly handle the low B string with impeccable tone and seismic power. The classic Jazz Bass block fretboard inlays and binding present the Fender American Deluxe V bass in a rightfully classy light.

The bass is crafted with an alder body, a hard wood that provides clear tone, and lasting sustain. The maple neck with modern C-shape, 5-bolt neck plate, compound radius fretboard, asymmetrical neck profile, and contoured heel offer fast action, silky- smooth playability, and make the American Deluxe Jazz Bass extremely easy to play all the way up the neck. The high-mass vintage Fender bass bridge offers compressed and focused bass tone with more mid range punch. It retains the Fender articulation and sparkle, combined with vintage-style saddles to maintain a classic vibe. The combination of a steel plate with brass saddles produces the best possible Fender bass sound.

Pairing up these pickups with the EQ and volume controls provides that notorious Fender Jazz Bass sound that has mystified some of the world's most prominent bassists for decades.

Other features include Stealth "B" string retainer, tinted neck, rolled fingerboard edges, highly detailed nut- and fretwork, genuine bone nut, flathead screws on battery compartment (for easy changes with a coin or pick), gloss polyurethane neck finish, and a gloss urethane body finish to dress the Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-string in ultimate style and beauty. Includes case.

Features

  • Body: Alder with contoured heel
  • Finish: Gloss urethane
  • Neck: Maple, modern "C" shape, tinted, gloss polyurethane finish
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets 21, medium-jumbo
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning keys: Fender lightweight vintage-style tuners
  • Bridge: High Mass Vintage (HMV)
  • Pickguard: 3-ply black/white/black
  • Pickups: N3 Noiseless Pickups
  • Pickup switching: Pan pot/blend control
  • Controls: Master volume, pan pot (pickup selector), treble boost/cut, midrange boost/cut, bass boost/cut, active/passive mini toggle
  • Strings: Fender NPS .045 to 0.105
  • Case: Fender/SKB high-tech molded case with TSA locks

Order today and enjoy a bass that is Fender at its best.

 

American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass Specifications:

  • Radius: compound, 9-1/2" to 14"
  • Scale length: 34"
  • Nut width: 1-5/8"
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FenderAmerican Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass
 
4.4

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (11)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Recording (10)
    • Rock concerts (6)
    • Small venues (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Absolutely Fantastic

    I've always been a p-bass guy, until I discovered this beauty. I'm telling ya, if you want an overall versatile bass that is well constructed with a great tone, this is the...Read complete review

    I've always been a p-bass guy, until I discovered this beauty. I'm telling ya, if you want an overall versatile bass that is well constructed with a great tone, this is the bass. I was iffy about purchasing this bass due to some people complaining that there is pickup noise... So when I actually recieved the bass and turned it on, I was pleasantly surprised to not hear anything, at all, not even a slight buzz. It's the quietest bass I own! I also have never owned a five string considering I enjoy wrapping my thumb around the neck to play full chords, which is hard to do on a five string. Well, this is probably the most comfortable five string neck I've ever touched, with a silky smooth finish, relatively thin nut and heel width, and asymetric shape. The pearloid inlays are beautiful as well as the binding! I love the tuners, the super dense bridge, and most of all, the electronics. When I first started playing, I was convinced active basses were superior. Once I began to mess with effect pedals, I realized that passive basses work better for adding distortion, octave effects, filters, etc. This bass has both active and passive capabilities. The passive circuit delivers the best tone fender has to offer. When switched to active, you can really dig into the strings and get some heavy growl, or slap away for a dreamy slap tone. The n3 pickups are now at the top of the line as far as I'm concerned. The preamp is great too, every sound is useful without straying too far from the natural jazz bass tone. Oh yeah, how could I forget about the best part, THE LOW B STRING IS THE CLEANEST, FATTEST, PUNCHIEST FIFTH STRING I HAVE EVER HEARD!!! Please do yourself a favor and buy this bass, you will not regret it! It has changed my opinion on jazz basses and five strings!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great customer service, bad factory QC.

    Fender has let the quality control slide downhill. The sunburst finished bass arrived in a factory sealed box with one of the two battery's corroded which broke the battery clip when trying to replace...Read complete review

    Fender has let the quality control slide downhill. The sunburst finished bass arrived in a factory sealed box with one of the two battery's corroded which broke the battery clip when trying to replace it. The neck also has a vibration of what sounded like a loose truss rod or reinforcement bar when the open G string was played. Too many problems for a bass at this price. I've read of multiple deluxe basses arriving without electronic copper shielding resulting in a bad hum. I wouldn't know as this bass only worked in passive mode. Even the finish had spots of crud on it. Played it all of three minuets before packing it up for return. I don't think you would find these quality control issues with Music Man or other American manufactures. Musicians Friend was great about handling the return.

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    5.0

    Wonderful!

    By Chuckster

    from Black Mountain, North Carolina

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Magnificent Tonality
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

    Love this bass!!

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By wade

    from mid tn

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Finish
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Lightweight
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Ferrules Are Loose

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

    I am huge on the recent quality increase from Fender in the last few years. My Deluxe V is excellent in every way, except for one thing -

    Since I have strung the bass through the top of the bridge, the string-thru ferrules are falling out! This didn't happen with my 2011 American Standard Precision Bass...

    Aside from that, it is a thing of beauty!

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    So Close...

    By OrangeBass

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Pick Up Buzz Hum

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

    I gave it a try with three of these...
    I ordered a used one at a great price during a blowout sale, however that one was a complete lemon. The buzz from the electronics was unbearable and the bridge pickup stopped working altogether in about a month. I played it maybe twice a week during that time.

    The customer service was excellent, as usual, and sent me another used version. While the tone, playability, and cosmetics are fantastic, there was still the buzz from the electronics that were impossible to get rid of without EQing out, which made the great tone I was looking for go away. Even in passive mode, the buzz was very noticeable, both in live settings and recording. When I would switch to active mode, it was impossible NOT to notice how noisy the bass was! My go-to for the past 5 years has been a MM Stingray 5 HH, and it is MUCH quieter than this bass was, even when the Jazz was in passive mode.

    I called to set up a return, but the CSR convinced me to take a new one at the same price level, for which I was grateful. When I received the bass, the FIRST thing I notice is that FENDER NO LONGER USES THE SKB CASE WITH TSA LOCKS! I absolutely LOVED the cases they used before, but now it feels much cheaper, and two of the latches were off when I opened the box.

    THE CASE FENDER USES NOW IS NOT THE ONE PICTURED ABOVE!

    Once I was able to plug in the brand new bass, which was still in the box from the factory, the electronics issue was no different. I am sending the bass back tomorrow for refund and I imagine I'll either look for an older Deluxe, or try out a passive. None of the 3 I received were anywhere near as quiet (as far as buzz/hum is concerned) as the older one I played that inspired me to make the purchase.

    MF customer service was EXCELLENT as usual. This is a great bass IF (big if) you can get past the noisy pickups.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Look & Beautiful Sound

    By Jay Bass

    from Tennessee

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • It's Inspiring
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

      The look of it is great... makes you want to pick it up and play it. Such a great feel and sound. As a full time studio and touring musician it's a must have!

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Emphasis on Deluxe

      By JimmyD

      from Moss Beach, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

        Excellent tone, feel, and playability. I haven't owned a Jazz bass for a while, but after trying one out I knew I needed to have one again. I have no regrets. It's able to cover all the different styles I play perfectly.

        Comment on this review

        (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Great customer service, bad factory QC.

        By Groover

        from Los Angeles, ca

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

              Fender has let the quality control slide downhill. The sunburst finished bass arrived in a factory sealed box with one of the two battery's corroded which broke the battery clip when trying to replace it. The neck also has a vibration of what sounded like a loose truss rod or reinforcement bar when the open G string was played. Too many problems for a bass at this price. I've read of multiple deluxe basses arriving without electronic copper shielding resulting in a bad hum. I wouldn't know as this bass only worked in passive mode. Even the finish had spots of crud on it. Played it all of three minuets before packing it up for return. I don't think you would find these quality control issues with Music Man or other American manufactures. Musicians Friend was great about handling the return.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              musicians friend best price best qualit

              By Bassbass

              from Georgia

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Musicansfriend 100
                • Musicians Friend 100
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands

                Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

                musicians friend bast price good qualite 100%

                Comment on this review

                (7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Overpriced

                By jimbob

                from Tennessee

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

                  I have owned many Fender basses in the last 48 years and Fender has dropped the ball way overpriced, necks suck dead spots more so now than 40 years ago. They dont give a hoot about workmanship.

                  Comment on this review

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  it is what it is !!!!

                  By Scott

                  from West Michigan

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

                    Money well spent, right out of the case this Fender Jazz five string was set up almost perfect. At first I felt the strings were a bit bright but a week later my ears started to hear why the Fender Jazz bass is one of the best guitars ever made. When the guitar strap on it feels like a glove so very comfortable. I have relatively short fingers and the fretboard plays with ease. The electronics give you total freedom bright highs to muddy punchy lows. Opinions may vary but in my opinion this Fender five string jazz bass is well worth the money and will be with me for a long long time.

                    Comment on this review

                    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A LOT of Bass for the price!

                    By Funk_Boy777

                    from Washington, D.C

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Church
                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 5-String Electric Bass:

                      This bass was a little bit over my price range(1200-1400) but after playing it at a local music store I decided to wait a few weeks and get the amount I still needed. It was definitely worth the wait and I actually ended up playing it the day after I got it at church for our 3 services and I also played the best solo of my life while jammin with our drummer between services. I got the Amber Finish which isn't available anymore but overall it is a very solid bass with impeccable workmanship. I would recommend someone on the fence about the price to wait, even if it is a month or two, and get this bass!

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