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American-crafted quality from Fender, priced for working musicians.

The new Fender® American Special Jazz Bass bring you the latest in U.S.-built quality and value! With its slim neck profile, high-gloss finish, and Fender Greasebucket™ tone circuit, you get classic American Fender looks, playability plus dynamic and versatile tone.

The Fender American Special Jazz Bass begins with an alder body and C-shaped maple neck. A maple fretboard comes standard on the Black and Candy Apple Red models, with a rosewood fretboard on the Olympic White and Three-color Sunburst models. All models feature medium-jumbo frets.

Single coil alnico Jazz Bass pickups deliver legendary American J Bass sound, and Fender's Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off highs while maintaining low-end definition, ensuring you'll cut through any mix. Finishing touches include classic black plastic Jazz Bass knobs, vintage-style bridge and strap buttons, and a deluxe gig bag.

Features

  • Made in the USA
  • Alder body
  • C-shaped maple neck
  • Maple or rosewood fretboard depending on model
  • 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • Single coil alnico Jazz Bass pickups
  • Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off highs while maintaining low-end definition
  • Vintage-style bridge
  • Classic black plastic Jazz Bass knobs
  • Deluxe gig bag included

An American Jazz Bass that's within reach of every player! No more excuses - order now!

 

American Special Jazz Bass Specifications:

  • Fretboard radius: 9-1/2"
  • Nut width: 1-1/2"
  • Scale length: 34"
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FenderAmerican Special Jazz Bass
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (4)
    • Small venues (4)
    • Jamming (3)
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    5.0

    Great Look - Comfortable to Play

    By Kokee Ken

    from Lihue, HI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

      This is a solid, well balanced and comfortable bass. Somewhat lighter than my Japanese made Precision, the American Special Jazz is easier to shoulder, but doesn't suffer neck dive. I had to perform a slight adjustment to the truss rod to get the setup just right, but that was super easy due to accessible location of the hex socket. Volume across all strings is even. Greasebucket tone control is interesting, though I've only used the bass in my home studio so far and haven't had the chance to see how it works in live application. The feel of the neck is great, being slimmer and softer in the heel than the hardcore C shape of my Precision. I bought the Olympic white with rosewood fingerboard. I really like the simple, elegant look of this instrument and would highly recommend it. I think it's priced fairly, and by using a Musicians Friend coupon discount, I paid a very friendly price.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Stripped Down American Standard

      By SMOODAWG

      from ORLANDO FLA.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Build quality
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

        This is sweet Bass. Stripped down American Standard. Slim C/Greasebucket/Graphite Rodded Neck equals pretty impressive sustain. Electronics fat pots and wires no cheap junk. Top loaded bridge(20 seconds of tuner sustain)Do you really need the thru body...Nope. Pickups are excellent. Beefy growly this bass is heavy..tuners excellent but you don't get the Fender F's. No case just a nice bag. NIce neck Satin, Rolled edges......American Feel and sound...

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        They got this one right.

        By Tom Winstead

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Beautiful finish
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Neck
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Price
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

            This bass is a great addition to the Fender line: great craftsmanship, simple and elegant execution of an all-time classic. The neck is about as perfect as they get--slim, fast, and responsive. For the price, I don't think there's a better iteration of the Jazz anywhere.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Tried and True

            By mike

            from omaha

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            Pros

            • Classic Fender Sound
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Cheap Fender Hardware
            • Weight

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

            I'd been kicking around buying a fender bass for years and made the plunge on this model. I've owned several brands; esp, schecter, ibanez, and a few others that will remain safely anonymous. =) In my opinion, if you are looking for that classic fender tone, you can only get it with a fender. That being said, when looking at a Fender there are a few considerations to make; MIA, MIM, MIJ, New or Used? This model is a great MIA for a "moderate" price. It's a bit heavier than other basses, but far lighter than my MIM 'P' bass. The first thing I did when I bought mine was order a Hipshot bridge and Bass extender. I put the bass extender on every bass I own (it's a great investment) The stock bridge is plenty good in this case. (again, classic fender Tone) Over all, this is a great bass, sound engineers will love you. (industry standard for 50+ years)

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            An awesome bass

            By JohnH

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

              I wanted a jazz bass to get more tonal variety than my P bass could provide. I wanted an American made model but did not want to spend that amount so I was considering a MIM model. The American special jazz bass seems to me to be the middle of the road model. The pickups put out so much more than the MIM and the neck is also better. The bridge is compariable to the MIM model which did not bother me all that much. I played the MIM, MIA and MIA Special all at the same time and decided on the special. I prefer rosewood fretboards to maple so I bought the white one. I must say I really enjoy playing the bass and love the tone. I play in a band that plays a very wide variety of music and this bass will work for all. I am very happy I purchased the American Special Jazz bass.

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              (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great, great bass

              By scott streicher

              from Cincinnati, OH

              Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

              I wanted to like the American Jazz Standard better; I've been looking for an American Jazz for a couple years now. As always, i'll shop around for an instrument i instantly connect with. So i tend to play several of the same model before i buy. But, this was the first American Special i pulled off the rack. The neck on these instruments is very, very good - solid, sleek, and very fast. It fits like a glove. The thinner radius really makes a difference. The setup was very good (perfect and needed no adjustment). I purchased a black jazz, with a maple neck. The maple does NOT make this intstrument overly bright as i thought it might. To my ears, it makes the bass bite just a little bit more, and the tone more focused. If anything, very ideal for a great rock sound. And a step up from my rosewood necks. I A/B'd the Special next to the American Standard and liked this instrument better!! I played through the same amplifier, BUT the Special did have the maple neck. The tone from the Special seemed a little hotter, and with more bite. Great! The neck felt even better than the Standard. The only "downfall" i could see was the cheaper fretmarkers on the side of the neck (looked like Sharpie dots), and the Special comes with a gig bag-instead of hardshell. I really wanted to buy a genuine American Standard, but IMO the Special was equal or better than the Standard. Check it out!
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              (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome Bass!!!

              By Old School Bassman-j_2r.

              from Sacramento Califormia

              Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

              This one is the best value out there. Lows are deep, Highs are crisp. The only down side is the weight. 10lbs. 8-9 is normal for this type of bass. Other than that, best bass I ever played.

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              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar

              Comments about Fender American Special Jazz Bass:

              I picked this up at a local GC and it sounded amazing. The tone was better then the MIM and it sounded just like the MIA. Its too much for my budget right now but the cost of this bass is worth it. Has great playability, the pick ups sound fantastic. It's pretty light weight, which is always good. The slap tone was very clear and had a punch as well as the pop tone. I would definitely recommend to the musician on a budget since this bass is extremeley awesome. Still a lot of money, but it's all worth every penny.

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