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Fender American Elite Jazz Bass
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Packed to the gills with Fender's latest revolutionary innovations, the American Elite Jazz Bass is an active bass for the modern bassist who demands...Read More
A top-shelf version of Fender's legendary classic with improved electronics.
Packed to the gills with Fender's latest revolutionary innovations, the American Elite Jazz Bass is an active bass for the modern bassist who demands cutting-edge tone technology along with timeless style and fast, smooth playing feel. Its versatile sound easily matches any playing style—picked, plucked or slap-and-pop—while its standout looks remain authentically Fender, with a fresh twist.
With the exclusive all-new fourth-generation Noiseless pickups they’ve achieved the sonic equivalent of cold fusion —vintage-style response with completely noise-free performance. These muscular pickups are fueled by a redesigned robust 18-volt preamp cranks up the power for even more signal quality for chest-thumping tone with more headroom and reduced noise. Designed for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck with a 9.5”-14” compound radius fingerboard is ideal for all playing styles. A modern “C”-shape at the new genuine bone nut, the profile morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of comfortable support for fret hand antics. Posiflex™ graphite support rods run the length of the neck, adding stability to the neck while resisting temperature and humidity-induced warping. The HiMass™ Vintage bridge increases note attack and resonance for thunderous bass lines with colossal punch and boundless sustain while allowing either top-load or strings-thru-body stringing. In a vintage-inspired touch, the new truss rod adjustment wheel has been moved to the butt end of the neck for easier access, making neck relief adjustments a snap.
This bass is packed with Fender’s immortal aesthetics— from the ergonomic contours to the black chrome headstock logo, large pearloid fret markers and new color this instrument will pin the audience’s ears back with it’s gigantic tone and slick style. The American Elite Jazz Bass is a bold new bass for adventurous bassists who need a tonal multi-tool that refuses to compromise on any front. Includes a redesigned Elite Molded Case with body-hugging contours to provide increased protection for your cherished instrument and TSA locks.
- Shape: Modern "C" to "D"
- Neck joint:Bolt-on
- Scale length: 34"
- Truss rod:Yes
- Finish: Satin urethane
- Active or passive pickups:Passive
- Pickup configuration: SS
- Neck: Not applicable
- Middle:4th Generation Noiseless Single Coil
- Bridge:4th Generation Noiseless Single Coil
- Series or parallel:Parallel
- Active preamp: Yes
- Special electronics: 18 V with Active 3-band EQ
- Radius:9.5"–14" compound
- Fret size:Medium-jumbo
- Number of frets: 21
- Inlays: Black blocks
- Nut material: Bone
- Nut width:Info not available
- Neck width at 12 fret:Info not available
- Cutaway:Double cutaway
- Body wood:Alder
- Top wood:Not applicable
- Body finish: Gloss polyurethane
- Orientation:Right handed
- Control layout:Master volume, pan pot, 3-band EQ, active/passive mini toggle
- Pickup switch: Yes
- Coil tap or split:Not appicable
- Tone switching:No
- Special switching:Yes
- Bridge type:Fixed
- Bridge design:4-Saddle HiMass vintage
- Tailpiece:Not applicable
- Tuning machines:Fender "F" light-weight vintage-paddle keys with tapered shafts
- Number of strings: 4
- Pickguard: Yes
- Special features:Not applicable
- Case:Elite molded
- Accessories:Info not available
Reviewed by 1 customer
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- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Good Pick Up
- Good Tone
- Solid Electronics
- Rock Concerts
- Small Venues
Comments about Fender American Elite Jazz Bass:
Up to now the only Fender bass I've ever owned was a 1987 P-bass from Japan, which I still have to this day. I've always wanted a Fender Jazz bass, and seeing someone playing one in a band I really like recently reminded me of that fact. That combined with this brand new Elite line from Fender finally sold me on getting one, and I couldn't be happier with it. (Natural Finish - Maple Neck)
First the case. Both the case itself and the latches on it are rock solid, the interior is lined beautifully with gray fur and it's got a huge accessory compartment for whatever you need to pack with you. It comes with a cable (as do most new instruments), but imagine my surprise when I also found in there a gorgeous leather strap and a set of strap locks! I didn't know it came with them, so that was an extremely awesome addition to the package.
The bass itself is absolute perfection. It's absolutely gorgeous to look at, the finish is flawless, the fret ends were all perfectly smooth, and the inlays are sort of a black abalone looking material, which I also didn't realize from looking at the pictures. I thought they were solid black, so that was another pleasant surprise.
Both the passive and active settings sound just incredible. It's got the ability tone-wise to stand on its own, but it also has a wonderful ability to blend seamlessly into the mix in whatever style of music you're playing.
I read from various people that the Deluxe model of Fender Jazz basses suffered from a dead spot on the neck. This bass doesn't have that issue at all, and the compound neck is incredibly comfortable to play on. Not only comfortable, but deceptively fast.
Finally, the setup was absolutely perfect right out of the box. The string height was optimal with no fret buzz whatsoever. I fell in love with this bass the moment I put my hands on it, and I highly recommend it to anyone. It's more expensive than the Deluxe model, but it's totally worth it.
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