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Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass   

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The Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass delivers the modern features that bassists demand in a sleek, familiar electric bass. An updated preamp circuit ...Read More

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Updated electronics, vintage bridge, and a rugged alder body enhance one of the best Fender Jazz basses yet.

The Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass delivers the modern features that bassists demand in a sleek, familiar electric bass. An updated preamp circuit puts out deeply exhilarating active and passive tone. Powerful-yet-quiet N3 Noiseless pickups present more clean headroom, extended EQ range, and plenty of sublime tonal options, thanks to the active/passive toggle switch and passive tone control. The classic Fender Jazz Bass block fretboard inlays and binding give the Deluxe Jazz Bass extra touches of class.

The Fender American Deluxe J-bass is built with an alder body-a hard wood that provides clear tone and lasting sustain. The maple neck with modern C-shape, Posiflex graphite neck support rods, 5-bolt neck plate, and contoured heel make the instrument extremely easy to play. The High-Mass Vintage 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 Deluxe Jazz Bass' 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 Fender features include Stealth "A" string retainer, tinted neck, rolled fingerboard edges, highly detailed nut- and fretwork, genuine bone nut, flat-head screws on battery compartment (for easy changes with a coin or pick), gloss polyurethane neck finish, and a gloss urethane body finish to dress this bass in ultimate style and beauty.

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

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

SPECIFICATIONS

American Deluxe Jazz Bass

  • Radius: 9-1/2"
    Scale length: 34"
    Nut width: 1.875"
    Strings: Fender NPS .045 to 0.105
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FenderAmerican Deluxe Jazz Bass
 
4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Glad I bought it

I have been playing bass for the last 11 years and have played and recorded with several good basses. I typically play a Fender American Standard Precision Bass and was looking to add something...Read complete review

I have been playing bass for the last 11 years and have played and recorded with several good basses. I typically play a Fender American Standard Precision Bass and was looking to add something more to my sound. I considered the G&L L2000, which is undeniably a great bass, I also considered a high end Ibanez and a MusicMan, also good basses. But after playing this Fender American Deluxe Jazz bass, the deal was sealed. The active and passive electronics give me flexibility and solid tones that I can dial up in seconds flat. I now have the distinctly different sound that I wanted apart from the P bass. In just a few weeks this Jazz bass has become my primary bass. The P bass has become my Drop D bass. I grab it between songs for the Drop D stuff and use the Jazz bass for the bulk of our current set. I run it through my Peavey Tour VB 2, pre-amped with my Fender 400, while the sound gets pumped out through my Peavey 2x15 and Fender 4x10 cabs. I can get deep bottom rumble, growl, slap, country and funk out of this bass with very little adjustment at the amp. As for playability, this bass was built for the stage. The feel is surprisingly light, balanced, and the neck is thin enough even for my small-ish hands. Stretching between frets is not a problem. Even my P bass makes me stretch a little too far for the frets, but not this Jazz bass. It is simply a joy to play. My hands and fingers are not worn out after a session or a show. You can play this bass for hours. I am not a wealthy musician and I am not a rep for any manufacturer. I'm not a Fender purist and I don't believe Fender makes the only good bass out there. There are many good basses, and if you have money falling out of your pockets you can buy them. But if you have to budget for a good bass like I do, the Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass should be on your radar. Go play one and try it out. I don't think you will be disappointed with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fender Deluxe Jazz bass

I can't beleive Fender skipped out on sheilding the control cavity. This is an expense bass and it's unusable because of the excessive noise from pickups. Had to return the bass. I wasn't...Read complete review

I can't beleive Fender skipped out on sheilding the control cavity. This is an expense bass and it's unusable because of the excessive noise from pickups. Had to return the bass. I wasn't willing to put More money into the bass to make it quite.

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5.0

Amazing recording bass

By Joe

from Belle Chasse, LA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Active/passive option
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass:

    No shock that Fender makes quality instruments. I purchased the Deluxe Jazz Bass for recording demos in my home studio. It feels great, plays great, sounds great. I enjoy the ability to switch between the passive and 18V active system. After tuning, the intonation of the instrument was spot on. No set-up required. Thanks to Fender and Musicians Friend for another quality instrument.

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    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Fender Deluxe Jazz bass

    By HMZ

    from mineola, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Neck Feels Great
    • Nice finish
    • Very Low Action

    Cons

    • Electronics Very Noisy
    • No Sheilding In Cavity

    Best Uses

    • Live Gigs
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass:

    I can't beleive Fender skipped out on sheilding the control cavity. This is an expense bass and it's unusable because of the excessive noise from pickups. Had to return the bass. I wasn't willing to put More money into the bass to make it quite.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fabulous Bass

    By Tom

    from Cheyenne, WY

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Fender Nailed It
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass:

    Fender nailed it with this bass. Plays like spreading butter. Sounds fabulous!!!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Everything I wanted and more!

    By gitboxblues

    from Kansas City Area

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anything

      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass:

      Beautiful finish and setup right out of the case. I have mainly played on the passive side of the electronics and it sounds just like a Jazz Bass should. I haven't noticed any pickup noise but haven't played out through a PA system yet. Very happy with all aspects of this bass.

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      5.0

      Best bass I've ever played.....

      By NIck T

      from The City of Brotherly Love

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good construction
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass:

        This bass is the entire package- great feel, warm tone, versatile electronics, and an awesome classic look (transparent wine).

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Bass Right Now

        By The Haze

        from Christchurch New Zealand

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • A Beauty
        • Durable
        • Functionable
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anything

          Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass:

          Amazing bass.really happy with this! exceptional tone that can be modified a lot on the bass itself on the tone/volume knobs and active/passive tone is sweet!!! it really is the best bass in the modern world today. I recommend, even if you need to save up like i had to. Killer sound i promise.

          sadly, i have a big dent from another guitar hitting into it which i am still really annoyed about to this day, but the finish is really good!!! There's nothing to complain about, its that good. Try one out at your local music shop (if they have one) if you don't believe me. You will be impressed.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good, versatile bass

          By Alex

          from DFW Area, Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • Versatile Tone Options
          • well built

          Cons

          • expensive
          • Heavy
          • Slight Pickup Buzz

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass:

            I got mine (a 2011 model) used off of the Talkbass classifieds a few weeks ago. It arrived with super low action (to the point of mild fret buzz), and once I got it set up by a professional I couldn't be happier. It feels and sounds just like a jazz should, especially when it's in the passive tone setting. The active tone setting gives it a big volume boost and adds a little more of that active rumble. This is probably my favorite feature of the bass- my beef with the previous model American Deluxe was that you were stuck with a more modern, active tone. The newer electronics allow me to switch at my choosing, and is especially useful on situations when you need both old school and new school tones (cover band gigs, anyone?). Beware, though- there's a huge volume difference between the active and passive settings, so be careful if you need to switch mid song. There's also an ever so slight buzz in active mode, but I haven't found it to be too much of a problem.
            It's very well constructed- The inlays and fretboard binding are beautiful, and the neck is uber-comfortable and fast. It's pretty heavy- I don't have a scale, but it probably weighs about 11 pounds. Heavier than the American Standard models for sure.
            Overall, I'm very impressed with this bass- it's a perfect world of active and passive sounds, and it plays just like a higher-end Fender should. Sound guys always comment positively on my tone when I'm using this live. If you have the cash, it's hard to go wrong with this one!

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            (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Glad I bought it

            By jambone jones

            from Tulsa, OK

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass:

              I have been playing bass for the last 11 years and have played and recorded with several good basses. I typically play a Fender American Standard Precision Bass and was looking to add something more to my sound. I considered the G&L L2000, which is undeniably a great bass, I also considered a high end Ibanez and a MusicMan, also good basses. But after playing this Fender American Deluxe Jazz bass, the deal was sealed. The active and passive electronics give me flexibility and solid tones that I can dial up in seconds flat. I now have the distinctly different sound that I wanted apart from the P bass. In just a few weeks this Jazz bass has become my primary bass. The P bass has become my Drop D bass. I grab it between songs for the Drop D stuff and use the Jazz bass for the bulk of our current set. I run it through my Peavey Tour VB 2, pre-amped with my Fender 400, while the sound gets pumped out through my Peavey 2x15 and Fender 4x10 cabs. I can get deep bottom rumble, growl, slap, country and funk out of this bass with very little adjustment at the amp. As for playability, this bass was built for the stage. The feel is surprisingly light, balanced, and the neck is thin enough even for my small-ish hands. Stretching between frets is not a problem. Even my P bass makes me stretch a little too far for the frets, but not this Jazz bass. It is simply a joy to play. My hands and fingers are not worn out after a session or a show. You can play this bass for hours. I am not a wealthy musician and I am not a rep for any manufacturer. I'm not a Fender purist and I don't believe Fender makes the only good bass out there. There are many good basses, and if you have money falling out of your pockets you can buy them. But if you have to budget for a good bass like I do, the Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass should be on your radar. Go play one and try it out. I don't think you will be disappointed with it.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Sounds

              By Gary Lee

              from Georgia

              Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass:

              Overall good selection for an easy to play, great sounding guitar, with great features.
              I really like the layout of the controls. Their easy to manipulate.
              The new pickups are very well mounted and quiet.
              I also like the fact that you can choose active or passive with the use of the toggle switch.
              Great fit between neck and body. Bridge is solid and well mounted. Pickups are inline and well adjusted. Controls are nicely mounted. The frettboard and frets are well finished. The only thing with any problem might be the nut. I found there was a slight buzz with the A open that seems to be in the finish of the nut. I checked the height and it was in specifications. The retainer (or holddown) for the A string is alittle sub-par. The electronics are very user friendly. I've had absolutely no noise from the pickups at all volumes.
              I think this is a great value for it's price range.

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              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              JAZZ BASS

              Comments about Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass:

              LOVE IT
              It is a little different than the one I had back in the day.. But I LOVE MY NEW JAZZ BASS!

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