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        The decades-long standard for bass tone and playability.

        The Fender American Jazz Bass approaches Custom Shop quality with its premium ash or alder body, slim graphite-reinforced neck with rolled edges, highly detailed fret and nut work, and U.S. Jazz Bass pickups. It also features an S-1 switch that changes the pickups from parallel to series when engaged, creating a fatter, wider, almost humbucking tone similar to that of a Precision bass. 9-1/2"-radius fingerboard, 34" scale, and 1-1/2" nut width.

        Features
        • Premium ash or alder body
        • Rosewood or maple fingerboard with 9-1/2" radius
        • 20 medium-jumbo frets
        • Graphite-reinforced maple neck
        • Rolled fingerboard edges
        • 2 U.S. Jazz Bass single-coil pickups
        • Volume/volume/master tone controls
        • American string-thru-body bridge
        • Cast, open-backed machine heads
        • Chrome hardware
        • 34" scale
        • 1.5" nut width
        • S-1 switching (parallel/series)
        • Molded Fender hardshell case

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        4.7

        (based on 71 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        set up is key

        I own and have owned several fender basses in the last 38 years. It's the industry standard sound and no other bass is as comfortable or user friendly as a fender bass hanging off...Read complete review

        I own and have owned several fender basses in the last 38 years. It's the industry standard sound and no other bass is as comfortable or user friendly as a fender bass hanging off your shoulders, and nothing retains value like a good Fender bass. The main reason for this review is to address the often heard comment about Fender basses lacking "playability". Fenders do not come set-up to play unless you like high action and bowed necks. That should be adjusted to taste by the shop where you purchase it. Other bassists are always amazed by how well set-up my basses are. It's not a big secret. I spend some extra money and have the frets dressed impeccably, even on a brand new bass, by a good luthier. If they do not have a bone nut (like the new fenders do not) I have one and installed at the same time. Then I set the truss rod to be almost perfectly flat and I set the intonation and string height. I slowly adjust the height and truss rod to achieve almost effortless playability to match the light touch I play with. I seat the strings at the bridge and nut by gently pressing carefully on them w/ the blunt end of a screwdriver. Most pros do this, and most play w/ a very light touch. My action is almost the same at the nut as it is at the last fret! Further; Hammering on the strings like your in a fight to the death only chokes the sound. Leaving a huge bow in the neck w/ high action causes you to be out of tune when you play between the 3rd and 15th frets. Out of the box your Fender bass will NEVER play like a pros because we spend extra $ and time to set them up. Oh...and use good strings not el cheapo telephone wires. My experience shows 3 string brands to be the best and most consistent; D'addario, Thomastik, Rotosound. Try this stuff if you care to, it works.

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        Huge Disappointment

        Very easy to play and comfortable, but sadly the tone of the new fender j-basses is not what it used to be. I enjoyed the sound of the J-Bass for about half a year...Read complete review

        Very easy to play and comfortable, but sadly the tone of the new fender j-basses is not what it used to be. I enjoyed the sound of the J-Bass for about half a year before getting tired with it's bland tone; The bass itself has hardly any personality from a tonal point of view. Another drawback which adds to the sound problems is the fact that it isn't active and unless you have a very high quality amp you're going to be getting an even blander tone. Buying this bass was a huge disappointment for me and I advise you to play it and compare it with other brands before considering buying it.

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        5.0

        The One

        By deluxe fan

        from Ireland

        I have been a bass player for over 40 years and played some rubbish axes until I got a Fender. What a vast improvement but the bum C,C",D on the G string put me off until I bought the American Deluxe and it is the one the perfect one. A wonderful slim playing neck and board, great sound and excellant value.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Bass

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        I set out wanting a 5-string active bass, my ideal catch being a 5HH Musicman Bongo. The Bongo was fine, but what I realised was that active basses sound kinda artificial to me :/ And the painted neck on the Bongo was horrible.The salesman then came out with an American Jazz and it feels amazing. The neck is great, smooth, heavenly even :P I still sit there with the bass in my hands while browsing the net etc, it feels so good.As for sound, well with the stock Fender strings the tonal versatility isn't too great. I got about 3 decent tones, one being from the S-1 switch. If you get this bass, change the strings (I'm using DR HiBeams and they are perfect, the bass hits every tone that was muddy before perfectly) and you'll be set for life.

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        I bought this bass about three months ago and haven't quit staring at it or playing it since. It is simply amazing and I wouldn't sell it for anything. The maple fret board is flawless. If you dont have it buy one, or check out the music man sting ray

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        5.0

        A wonderful instrument

        By Wil-isq1N

        from Portland OR

        I've had my jazz bass for about a month now and the more I play it the more I like it! Mine is black and has a capped maple fret board, with no skunk stripe! Mine came from the factory setup perfect, the intonation, action and truss-rod adjustment were dead on! I love the S-1 switching, you can get just about any sound you want from this bass!

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        5.0

        Fender IS American Jazz

        By YankeeBayonet

        from Springfield, Mo

        I just recieved a used 2001 F.A.J.B. and couldn't be happier! Thankfully, it lacks the S-1 switching. The neck is so easy to move around, and the bass' tone is a delight. Very versatile. With a few amp tweaks, you can bring it from round and punchy to an evicerating growl! You absolutely cannot go wrong!

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        4.0

        set up is key

        By MorTone

        from new england

        I own and have owned several fender basses in the last 38 years. It's the industry standard sound and no other bass is as comfortable or user friendly as a fender bass hanging off your shoulders, and nothing retains value like a good Fender bass. The main reason for this review is to address the often heard comment about Fender basses lacking "playability". Fenders do not come set-up to play unless you like high action and bowed necks. That should be adjusted to taste by the shop where you purchase it. Other bassists are always amazed by how well set-up my basses are. It's not a big secret. I spend some extra money and have the frets dressed impeccably, even on a brand new bass, by a good luthier. If they do not have a bone nut (like the new fenders do not) I have one and installed at the same time. Then I set the truss rod to be almost perfectly flat and I set the intonation and string height. I slowly adjust the height and truss rod to achieve almost effortless playability to match the light touch I play with. I seat the strings at the bridge and nut by gently pressing carefully on them w/ the blunt end of a screwdriver. Most pros do this, and most play w/ a very light touch. My action is almost the same at the nut as it is at the last fret! Further; Hammering on the strings like your in a fight to the death only chokes the sound. Leaving a huge bow in the neck w/ high action causes you to be out of tune when you play between the 3rd and 15th frets. Out of the box your Fender bass will NEVER play like a pros because we spend extra $ and time to set them up. Oh...and use good strings not el cheapo telephone wires. My experience shows 3 string brands to be the best and most consistent; D'addario, Thomastik, Rotosound. Try this stuff if you care to, it works.

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        5.0

        Amazing Bass

        By Aaron-cYilm

        from Canada

        This is simply the best bass you can buy. It sounds and plays better than any bass I have ever tried. The S-1 Switch is great! You can have a really beautiful mellow sound or a deep, crunching growl. This bass it truly versatile and great. I have had it for a while now and have had no trouble with it. Also, when you have the S-1 engaged or the pickup volumes equal the bass gives off no humm or buzz at all. I totally reccomend this guitar.

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        5.0

        Incredible Bass

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        This bass is amazing! I went to a local guitar shop to try out the American Jazz Deluxe and decided to give this thing a try as well. This thing blew the Jazz Deluxe away! I own two Warwick Thumb basses and the American Jazz sounds better than either of them. I can get just about any bass sound I want out of this. A lot of people are complaining about the S-1 switch not doing anything but if you click it on and turn the treble all the way down you can get a straight low end sound.

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        5.0

        Can buy them with eyes shut...

        By Shubhodeep

        from India

        I'm a fender fan. And had my eyes on this bass for a long time. Bought one recently. This is an amazing bass for its price. The sound is really nice. Although I wanted a little more powerful sound so I got myself a set of Seymour Duncan SJB-3. Let me tell you, the bass is very comfortable to play on. At first it might feel a little big but you get used to it very soon. The sound is amazing and the c-shaped neck feels wonderful. This bass is actually great for playing funk. Slaps n pops come out really well. The action has to be lowered at first though.

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        5.0

        Found? Perfect bass, yes!

        By Cygnus X191

        from St. Louis

        So I dont actually own an American made Jazz, however I have owned a P bass Custom (w/ Jazz pickup) an MM Stingray, a 1977 4001 Rickenbacker, a Jazz standard, and I now have a Squier Vintage modded 70's J bass. Now granted, its nowhere near as top end as the american j bass, but in terms of comfort, the American J bass wins. It is slightly weighty, but the high quality sound more than makes up for that. The neck is just stellar, as in the tonal variety. Someone mentioned a "problem" with the action on Fenders, personally I like the action a bit low, so I got out my trusty allen wrench and adjusted the action, re-tunes, and the bass still sounds like a champ. The only thing I would change would be the addition of a Leo Quan BA II or BA III bass bridge. Other than that...most excellent bass.

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