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Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass

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The premium Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass represents the production Fender bass guitar at its very best. It's beautifully crafted and finished and...Click To Read More About This Product

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A top-of-the-line production Jazz Bass with the latest innovations.

The premium Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass represents the production Fender bass guitar at its very best. It's beautifully crafted and finished and features great hardware and electronics. Equipped with Lite-Bass tuners, a deluxe chrome-plated bridge that allows both string-thru or top-loading, and 2 dual-coil Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Jazz pickups. The Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass also has 3-band active EQ with master volume and a pan pot for pickup blending.

FEATURES
  • Select alder body
  • Graphite-reinforced maple neck with modern C shape and a satin polyurethane finish
  • Rosewood or maple fingerboard
  • 9-1/2" radius
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Deluxe bridge that allows either string-thru or top loading
  • Chromeplated brass bridge saddles
  • Lite-Bass tuners with vintage cloverleaf keys
  • 2 dual-coil Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Jazz pickups
  • Master volume and pan pot for pickup switching
  • 3-band active EQ
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4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great bass, amazing sound

I picked this bass up used. The only reason I got it originally is because it was such a great deal I couldn't pass it up. Fenders prices have been getting pretty high...Read complete review

I picked this bass up used. The only reason I got it originally is because it was such a great deal I couldn't pass it up. Fenders prices have been getting pretty high lately. Mine has a cream, see through lacquer finish, with a maple fretboard and brown pearloid pickguard. It's really quite stunning. The finish work is flawless. They really must put a lot of work into dressing the frets on these because the neck feels like a dream. The neck also has a very nice satin finish which is way slicker than a glossy finish. Probably one of the best bass necks I've played on (I may be a little biased because I really like the Jazz neck shape) The logo and other lettering is in the typical deluxe silver color. Sound is where I really like this bass. You can dial in pretty much any sound you want, but there is a real clarity that I didn't have with my previous passive Jazz basses. Knob 1 is master volume, knob 2 is pan between the neck and bridge pickups, knob 3 is a stacked high and low EQ, and knob four is a mid EQ. I don't run any effects, and run straight into an ampeg SVT 4-pro head (probably switching to an Orange AD200 soon or either an SVT classic). Cabs are the out of production BXT series with a 115 and a 410. I usually have my knobs set as: Master volume all the way up, Pan rolled back to bridge pickup a little, and bass boosted. This gives me really fat tone maybe a little funky, but has the clarity to distinguish 16th notes without turning them to mush. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this bass. I don't know that I would have paid full retail price for it with the Fender price increase, but I'm a bargain hunter at heart.

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Never Again

I depend on my equipment, and I am pretty careful about what I purchase. This time, I made an awful mistake buying this one. I ordered the bass and bought it in November...Read complete review

I depend on my equipment, and I am pretty careful about what I purchase. This time, I made an awful mistake buying this one. I ordered the bass and bought it in November 2006. The neck was never right and caused buzzing. Finally, the guitar tech at the music store told me that the neck was bad. Fender used a piece of wood with the beginnings of a knot on it, which will always cause problems. We sent the bass to a Fender authorized warranty person in Minneapolis. This was 6 weeks ago. After several attempts to find out what is happening with the neck replacement...and just where the bass is located...I have been unable to get a response from the Fender authorized warranty person or Fender. The music store employees now tell me that Fender is their least favorite company, as they are never in a hurry to follow up with customer concerns. In the meantime, I found a fabulous Modulus bass that makes the Fender American Deluxe look and sound like a toy. I will never never again purchase a new Fender product.

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5.0

Great bass, amazing sound

By Jon-K5Gga

from Nashville, TN

I picked this bass up used. The only reason I got it originally is because it was such a great deal I couldn't pass it up. Fenders prices have been getting pretty high lately. Mine has a cream, see through lacquer finish, with a maple fretboard and brown pearloid pickguard. It's really quite stunning. The finish work is flawless. They really must put a lot of work into dressing the frets on these because the neck feels like a dream. The neck also has a very nice satin finish which is way slicker than a glossy finish. Probably one of the best bass necks I've played on (I may be a little biased because I really like the Jazz neck shape) The logo and other lettering is in the typical deluxe silver color. Sound is where I really like this bass. You can dial in pretty much any sound you want, but there is a real clarity that I didn't have with my previous passive Jazz basses. Knob 1 is master volume, knob 2 is pan between the neck and bridge pickups, knob 3 is a stacked high and low EQ, and knob four is a mid EQ. I don't run any effects, and run straight into an ampeg SVT 4-pro head (probably switching to an Orange AD200 soon or either an SVT classic). Cabs are the out of production BXT series with a 115 and a 410. I usually have my knobs set as: Master volume all the way up, Pan rolled back to bridge pickup a little, and bass boosted. This gives me really fat tone maybe a little funky, but has the clarity to distinguish 16th notes without turning them to mush. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this bass. I don't know that I would have paid full retail price for it with the Fender price increase, but I'm a bargain hunter at heart.

 
5.0

Fender american deluxe jazz bass

By Muse fan

from London, England

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I was going to buy either the new american standard jazz, precision or this. This bass wins hands down over the other 2 in terms of versatility, comfort, quality etc. I got the 3 tone sunburst with a rosewood fretboard. The first thing you notice when you pick up this bass is how versatile the bass is. The 18volt active eq allowes you to tweak your tone to anything from reggae to funk slap. Its just a very comfortable bass to play as well as sounding good and looking good. If it was stolen I would deffinatley buy another one. This is now my favourite bass and will keep me satisfied for a long time.

 
5.0

Fender Jazz deluxe MIA

By Pappa Elroy

from NY

This bass is awesome it has great tone and a beautiful sound! It also has a great feel in your hands when you are playing. All of the great features give you a lot of awesome options soundwise, and the Samarium Cobalt Pickups are great, too. It's just an all around great bass I highly recommend it.

 
4.0

I've played better basses...

By Rover53

from Easton, PA

I puchased the 5-String version of this bass. The tone is amazing, but it rattles and buzzes all over the fingerboard. The mids to high end sound punchy and rich...but the low end leaves you wanting. If you have a heavy hand, and are a physically aggressive player that doesn't use a pick, this is not the bass for you. Its suited more for a ligher touch. I had to adapt my playing style a bit for this bass. It should be priced lower. It was also a nightmare to set up.

 
5.0

Top o' the line

By Thunder Fingers

from Oneonta, AL

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The "Deluxe" is a great part in the title. You can't go wrong with this bass, especially for the money. You can get a great range of sounds from this axe. The feel is awesome with a lighter body. Plus the neck is a 22 fret and not a standard 20 fret, offering an even more extended range of sound and quality. The electronics make it top o' the line though. Just a minor note, the candy tangerine is just as good as the other colors, but looks smoother with a maple neck.

 
2.0

Never Again

By Rick the Bass Player

from Minneapolis

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I depend on my equipment, and I am pretty careful about what I purchase. This time, I made an awful mistake buying this one. I ordered the bass and bought it in November 2006. The neck was never right and caused buzzing. Finally, the guitar tech at the music store told me that the neck was bad. Fender used a piece of wood with the beginnings of a knot on it, which will always cause problems. We sent the bass to a Fender authorized warranty person in Minneapolis. This was 6 weeks ago. After several attempts to find out what is happening with the neck replacement...and just where the bass is located...I have been unable to get a response from the Fender authorized warranty person or Fender. The music store employees now tell me that Fender is their least favorite company, as they are never in a hurry to follow up with customer concerns. In the meantime, I found a fabulous Modulus bass that makes the Fender American Deluxe look and sound like a toy. I will never never again purchase a new Fender product.

 
5.0

BEST BASS I HAVE EVER HAD

By Bgjazz

from Oneida, TN

I needed a new bass and had been saving up for some time... I went to guitar center and played about every bass they had but keep going back to this one... I couln't make up my mind it was eaither that or a music man they both sounded great but thier was just something about how this one played... If your looking for a bass i would give this one a go for sure

 
5.0

Buy this bass

By epicbass-ryDx9

from Chapel Hill, NC

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This is the bass. You have to realize that manufacturing flaws are a potential hazard for any buyer, regardless of the company's reputation. But this bass is the one to buy if you've got the money. It has a fast, slim neck, a perfectly balanced and weighted body, no pickup noise or buzz, and a warm, sweet tone. The numerous controls allow for tonal tweaking so you can get the perfect sound, and the samarium pickups are unbelivable. I play mine with pressurewound strings to get the right combination of brightness and warmth. It also comes with a free case. If you think you deserve it, I highly reccomend you buy this bass.

 
5.0

The workhorse

By Wil-iG7sC

from sterling heights, MI

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I own 15 basses. This is my workhorse. Very versatile. Classic looks and great tone. Very comfortable and fast neck. Expensive, but you get what you pay for.

 
5.0

Last bass I'll Buy

By Session Bassist

from Richmond, VA.

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I can't say enough about this bass! I have the same one pictured here, and have zero complaints. Amazing tone, capable of customization to how you want it to sound. The feel is just as fast, and sturdy as a 4-string jazz, and the weight is very light. I am running this bass through an Aguilar AG 500 SC, and Epifani UL 110's... I truly recomend this set-up! I've also owned a 5-string Musicman Stingray, and a Warwick 5-String Thumb bass. This Fender blows them out of the water!

 
5.0

Review

By ChristianBassman-3GCJA

from North Carolina

Awesome Bass! I can get pretty much any sound out of it I want... Great feel also.

 
5.0

Awesome bass!

By USM bassist

from Southeast US

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I just bought this bass last week, and I love it. It's the latest model on the market. The bass has a great, smooth feel to it when playing. And it sounds amazing! I got the 3-tone sunburst with maple fretboard. A maple fretboard just feels smoother than a rosewood to me. But you will definitely NOT be disappointed with this bass. You can really dial in a lot of different sounds with the active EQ. The bass has a bright sound, which helps it not get burried in the mix of other instruments.

 
5.0

pretty damn good.

By Justin Marchan

from Atlanta, GA

The bass yields some pretty wicked tones. The clarity of the bass is amazing with incredible punch. The bass is also very easy to play with great balance and a very comfortable neck. If you play this bass you'll know immediatley the "goods" of it. However, when ran direct, rather it be DI or through a preamp, the bass sounds somewhat thin and need eq to compinsate. Also the 9v battery is a pain to get to since you have to un-skrew the back panel that conseals it. Overall though it is an amazing instrument in the sense that it just sounds great and it seems to be constructed very solidly. If you purchase one, you most def will not be disappointed.

 
5.0

Last bass I will ever buy

By FatJohn

from Sacramento, CA

I purchased this bass 3 years ago, and I have never looked back. My first bass was a standard jazz bass, I grew up with that for 4 years, when I started recording the limitations of the standard jazz bass became clear(poor sound quality, notorious buzzing) so I upgraded to this one(red with maple neck). the controls are perfect, allowing for easy on stage adjustment. The neck is the best I have ever played, I have tried many other bass(MusicMan/Alembic/warwick) and none are as fast as this(I play blues/rock/jazz/funk). This bass is heavy, but to me the weight is a sign of good quality parts. hardware, top notch. tuning keys are amazing, stay in place and allow for fine adjustments up AND down(standard jazz bass was easy to tune up, but going down was difficult). My only complaint is the stock strings aren't very good.(buy nanowebs) All in All I dont think I will ever buy another bass, I have tried every other style of bass for extended periods, but I cant stay away from my Fender American Deluxe

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4.0

I like it but theres something too it...

By Gabe--8Pq.

from Cleveland, Oh

This bass is a very good bass(The action on it isnt as good as say a shecter made bass or the famous fender Jag but is still a solid bass) I do not own it, but I have played it many a time. I do in fact own the fender deluxe active j-bass but its made in mexico and let me tell you that are they are the same exact bass, its not like the old days where American made guitars were made sturdier and built to last unlike the mexican made guitars. My bass (which I had got several years ago) still plays like the day I bought it, so I personally recommend that you buy the non-american made j-bass which would save you quite a bit amount of money unless you just like having something american made for once, which is fine too...

 
5.0

The Perfect Bass

By Lowlight814

from Milwaukee, WI

This bass did me well for several years before it was stolen. Is probably even more versatile than the P-Bass, and also more comfortable to play. Great tone, varied EQ...just a flawless instrument...if it just weren't so expensive...

 
5.0

Great Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

For jazz & funk, this bass gives amazing tone. With plenty of tweaking power, you can go from growl to sweet sounding tone in a few turns. I ordered it and was amazed that the set-up was perfect out of the box. I would recommend this over an American Standard if can spare the extra bucks.

 
5.0

Top Notch!

By Matt-.tDKp

from New Jersey

This bass was passed down to me from my older. I have played guitar for about fourteen years had dabbled off and on with bass. I had a few cheap Ibanez things and even an old P bass copy. This is the real deal. Neck feels great, has a nice easy profile. I don't have big hands but I handle it just fine. It's heavy enough to feel solid without killing your back. The real kick is the electronics. 18 volt active, noiseless pickups! You can dial in so many tones it's sick. And I mean on the fly. Slap and pop sounds are awesome. You can tweak the setup for just about anything. I don't mess with tuning down so I don't know about that, you might want a 35" scale for that. Right now I play through a Marshall acoustic amp, not a real bass amp. Still sounds great. I have played it through a friend's 100 watt Fender combo and that's where it's at. I plan on getting a 210 Fender or maybe an Ampeg soon. If you want one bass to do it all, this is a very good choice.

 
5.0

Super Duper Bass

By Boogieman

from Corpus Christi, TX

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I've been playing and owning this fine axe for a few years now and it continues to soldier in style. I've got it in Transparent Crimson with a rosewood fretboard and it's tone is like clay.With the active noiseless pickups it's moldable into any tone you'd like. with a super fast neck it's great for any style and it's very responsive to your attack on the strings. It's lighter than my other basses and I find myself stuffing this one in my gig bag over the others. I own a Ric 4003, Spector 5, and Musicman Stingray. Still I find myself addicted to this axe. I'm even considering trading the stingray in for another U.S. Deluxe Jazz bass. You can't go wrong with this one.

 
4.0

punk guy

By ArmyPunkGuy

from Oklahoma

When I first recieved this bass it absolutely blew me away. That is until I noticed that the wood underneath the coating had separated in hundreds of places all over the bass. The finish was unmarred but it still bothers me. At first I thought it was normal until I compared it to other amber Fenders and realized that mine was marred. The really bad thing is that it was kept in the case and in an air conditioned 73 degree room and is only 3 months old. Next time I

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