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A modernized classic with all the right moves from Fender.

Fender's American Standard Jazz Bass scored a giant bass hit with its introduction in 1960. With its sleek offset body; thin, fast neck and rich, growling tone, it was a raring, roaring racecar of a bass that quickly established itself as a must-have instrument. The new American Standard Jazz Bass is an even finer instrument; a modern interpretation of a classic built for modern players.

Features include a high-mass vintage bridge, Fender Custom Shop '60s Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, thinner finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, improved Fender tuners that are 30 percent lighter while keeping the classic look, richer and deeper neck tint for a more elegant appearance, great-looking gloss rosewood fingerboard, satin neck back for smooth playability and Fender Tolex case.

FEATURES
  • Jazz Bass body
  • Modern C-shape maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Standard 4-bolt neck plate
  • Posiflex graphite neck support rods
  • Fender Custom Shop '60s Jazz Bass single-coil pickups
  • Chrome hardware
  • High Mass Vintage bridge (Strings-Thru-Body or Topload)
  • Includes Fender Tolex case

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SPECIFICATIONS

American Standard Jazz Bass

  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1cm)
    Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1mm)
    Scale Length: 34" (86.36cm)
    Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
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FenderAmerican Standard Jazz Bass
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (16)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Rock concerts (8)
  • Small venues (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Real Deal

I have been playing Jazz Basses for 10+ years now. I bought a 2011 USA Standard after I found myself playing more and more shows and recording in more professional environments, and wanted...Read complete review

I have been playing Jazz Basses for 10+ years now. I bought a 2011 USA Standard after I found myself playing more and more shows and recording in more professional environments, and wanted a step up from my MIM. This bass is the professional musician's bass. It will get you that legendary Jazz Bass tone, it looks just as beautiful as the classics, and performs even better. If you take good care of it, it will last you forever and play like a dream. The High Mass Bridge adds days worth of sustain to this bass, hands-down the best bridge Fender has ever produced, and my favorite on the market. In the 3+ years that I have owned mine (Olympic White, tortoise shell pick guard, rosewood fretboard), I have NEVER had an issue with it or brought it to be serviced. the electronics are perfect. This bass has gotten me through a national tour, hundreds of shows, rehearsals and recording sessions. The intonation is perfect. As long as you pay attention to the neck and intonation, give it a setup every couple months (or when the climate changes drastically), this bass will treat you well. If you want a bass that will last for decades, and be suitable for just about every situation you can throw at it, and don't mind making the investment, then DEFINITELY buy this bass.

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A Bit Disappointed

From 2007- 2012, Fender really stepped up their game and make the best products they've produced in decades. That's why I was excited to try the "new and improved" AM...Read complete review

From 2007- 2012, Fender really stepped up their game and make the best products they've produced in decades. That's why I was excited to try the "new and improved" AM jazz basses. But I feel as if the quality may be slipping again. EVery 2010 I played was perfect, yet all 5 of the new ones I played seemed to have slight neck issues. They also lacked the "solidity" of the older model. Also, in a A/B the custom shop pups don't sound as good as the supposedly cheaper ones. They have a bit more high mids but lack the warmth and depth. I hate to say it but they sound more like the pups in the classic vibe line. In fact, I doubt you could tell the difference between the new MIA and a Squier in sound or feel. It's still a Fender and it's still a Jazz ansd it's still the AMerican made, so it's a fine bass but I can't justify the price tag on this one. I'd suggest trying to find the pre-CS pup version. But that's just my opinion. See for yourself. You might not agree.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Jazz Bass and customer service

By cdw6

from Damascus MD

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

    The neck and fretboard are easy to play with the rolled feature and the tone from the Custom Shop pickups is outstanding. Highly recommend this American Standard Jazz Bass. I have MI - PRC and MIM Jazz Bass versions and I'd definitely spend the money on the American Standard over those just for the tone and ease of play.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The grand piano of basses!

    By RubyTuba

    from Park City, KS

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

      This is my go-to bass for theater and church gigs. Strung with extra-light TI rounds, it can sustain like a grand piano if you need it to, but still punch when it's called for.

      The build is flawless - I love the neck! - and the finish is gorgeous.

      The passive Volume/Volume/Tone circuit is simply the most elegant and flexible layout anyone's ever come up with. So very many stage and studio musicians play Jazz basses, and the reason they don't all sound alike is the incredibly wide palette of sounds available from those three little knobs.

      Thanks, Fender, for always moving forward and thanks Musicians Friend for a great deal on this "Open Box" bass!

       
      2.0

      Great sound, quality is lacking.

      By cdw6

      from Damascus MD

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

        On the whole its a great sounding bass but I have been through two of them in exchange now with seriously wrong cut out on the A string nut position. Causes the string to buzz when played open. Called Fender and they were no help, acknowledging they have a problem and recommending I take it to a service center for a fix. That to me is not an option, if you pay this much for a bass it should be made right. I have an Amer. Std Precision Bass, MIM Jazz bass and Chinese J-Bass, none of these had any issues like this.

         
        5.0

        i have 2 fender bass ,i love my jazz bass

        By flashfunk

        from zalea spain

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

          the best bass

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Honestly Amazing

          By BigDrew

          from LINY

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

              I've been playing for a while and own a number of great basses. You can't beat the American Standard Jazz. Sunburst with rosewood is just so classic. Best neck in the industry. Great hard-shell case; just buy one already!!

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Like being reunited with an old girlfriend from High School!

              By Randy

              from Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                  Recently bought a slightly used Sunburst. How sweet it is to not feel the need to replace pick ups or anything drastic. Larger strap pins, a 'Tee' string retainer. That's it! Just a matter of match it with the right strings for the exact sound I want. Sweet sounding bass makes me wonder why I didn't buy one of these a long time ago. My search is over! This is very much like the Jazz that I had when I was 15 back in 1975. Feels like being reunited with an old girlfriend from High School! Baby, Daddy's home!

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The Real Deal

                  By Dan

                  from Providence, RI

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great bridge
                  • Great sustain
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Performances
                    • Practicing
                    • Professional Recording
                    • Recording
                    • Touring

                    Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                    I have been playing Jazz Basses for 10+ years now. I bought a 2011 USA Standard after I found myself playing more and more shows and recording in more professional environments, and wanted a step up from my MIM. This bass is the professional musician's bass. It will get you that legendary Jazz Bass tone, it looks just as beautiful as the classics, and performs even better. If you take good care of it, it will last you forever and play like a dream. The High Mass Bridge adds days worth of sustain to this bass, hands-down the best bridge Fender has ever produced, and my favorite on the market. In the 3+ years that I have owned mine (Olympic White, tortoise shell pick guard, rosewood fretboard), I have NEVER had an issue with it or brought it to be serviced. the electronics are perfect. This bass has gotten me through a national tour, hundreds of shows, rehearsals and recording sessions. The intonation is perfect. As long as you pay attention to the neck and intonation, give it a setup every couple months (or when the climate changes drastically), this bass will treat you well. If you want a bass that will last for decades, and be suitable for just about every situation you can throw at it, and don't mind making the investment, then DEFINITELY buy this bass.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    What A Great Bass

                    By fivestring99

                    from Texas Hill Country

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                        I finally got this little lady out last night for her first gig. I played her through an MB500 over two Hartke Hydrive 1x12s. This was outdoors in the Texas hill country. She punched through with amazing depth and clarity. Only small tweaks were required when changing from blues to 60s rock to an occasional country song. And the neck fits my medium sized hands so well. I believe I'm in love.
                        I sold my last Jazz Bass back in 1980 during hard times. I waited way too long to replace it. I think my TL5 and my 85 Precision are going to be gathering some dust for a while.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        WOW

                        By Richtx6

                        from Fort Worth Texas

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                          I've owned about 25 basses over 48 years of playing and finally bought an American Standard. Had a MIM Jazz which I liked but this one is just much better. Fit, finish, workmanship, playability, and sound are fantastic. You know you are playing a great instrument.

                          I liked it so much I just order the 60's Hot Rod P bass from Musician Friend yesterday.

                          It's worth every penny and will last forever.

                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A Must Have Bass for your Collection

                          By GMguy777

                          from Aurora, CO

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording
                            • Rock Concerts

                            Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                            Very happy with this bass. I researched it before I purchased it last February and it's exactly what I expected it to be. Great punch, beautiful tone, fast playing neck, and just really fun to play on. I've picked up my 5 string Ibanez once since I got this guitar and it just isn't as fun to play as the American Jazz. I also own a MIM Fender Precision bass which has a nice tone but doesn't have the same growl as the Jazz bass. If you are on the fence about buying this bass, let me tell you I love mine and would recommend it for any serious bass player.

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