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Fender American Standard Jazz Bass

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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

You know this is the one so order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (17)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A Bit Disappointed

By plangent music

from manhattan

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Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

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.

(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.

    (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.

      (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!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          QC needs to step it up at Fender America

          By Erin Maiden

          from Kenosha, WI

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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:

              First of all, this a Fender American Jazz bass so there are some expectations of legendary greatness.

              The first bass I received had a mean case of fret-sprout. That is the condition where the wood shrinks and the fret wires are poking out of the sides. You could have cut dental floss on them. The 2nd bass I got had a pick up cover that never should have made it through quality-control. I kept the 2nd one and will just buy a new cover but it really left me questioning Fender America's quality practices. I expected a higher standard.

              Customer service was and has always been superb at Musician's Friend so the exchange was easy.

              The bass plays and sounds amazing. This is a bass I will have for the rest of my life and will handle any situation. After working through the minor issues previously mentioned, it is my opinion that the Fender American Jazz Bass is an incredible instrument.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Still a classic!

              By eromano

              from NE Ohio

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                Let me start by saying that I have been playing guitar for 47 years, but just started playing bass out of necessity. However, I know good quality when I see/hear it.

                I have a 92 MIM Jazz Bass that cost me next to nothing, and I could have continued using it, but decided to upgrade to an Am Std. What can I say... this guitar is well built, beautifully finished, and has what I consider a classic Jazz bass tone - nice, thumpy lows, with that great metallic "tink" when the strings are attacked heavier. Like I said, I'm just starting out on bass, so I have yet to explore all the subtleties of bass playing, but I really don't think you can go wrong with a Fender American Standard, regardless of the model bass or guitar.

                I will note that this is the second bass I received. The first one wasn't setup close to what I felt should be the case, and there was significant fret buzz on the G string between the 10th and 12th fret. But let this be a testament to MF's customer service. I shipped the first one back (quite painlessly) with the prepaid UPS shipping label they provided, and got the new one within a few days.

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pro Quality Bass

                By DanM

                from Providence, RI

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                  I have played a Mexican Standard Jazz Bass since 2005, and I joined a new band a couple years ago. Once we started gigging really heavily and got ready to record, I knew I wanted to upgrade to an American Jazz Bass. I picked up the Olympic White/ Rosewood one, and literally gigged with it straight out of the box. I love the neck on it, its so fast and comfortable with no buzz and perfect intonation. The biggest difference between my old JBass is the string-thru bridge. It adds SOO much sustain. The pickups sound great. I put Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkys on it and run it through an Ampeg SVT-4PRO head and vintage Kustom 2x15 cab, I can get the warmest rounded off bass tones from it, perfect for my style. I would recommend this bass to anyone that is ready to make the step up to a professional-quality bass. The Mexican JBass lasted me a really long time and I still keep it as a backup, but when it came time to upgrade, I could really tell the difference in quality.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  just, wow!

                  By metalman

                  from somerset, New Jersey

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                    why aren't there a million for review for this bass? It's one of the best out there. Today i tried this and the precision model at my local music store, and why both were excellent on their own terms, the jazz bass was just out of this world. The pickups had a much fuller tone and wider arrange of tones for that matter (to some extent the jazz could mimic some tone characteristics of the P-bass at times). This bass can sound great for anything from blues to funk to metal (though for fusion i would get the fretless model).Not only that but the neck and action are perfect. I cannot stress enough, DO NOT BUY THE MIM MODEL AND GET THIS BASS, this is the total package, but see if you can get one a little cheaper.

                    (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.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Finally

                      By emcd64

                      from SOWEGA

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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:

                        Love American Fenders, finally got a chance to buy
                        one (Sunburst), slick neck, almost never have to wipe it down and then only need a clean washcloth to do so. Very pleased.

                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fantastic

                        By Bassman

                        from NY

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable feel
                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Great Tone
                        • Solid Electronics
                        • Sturdy Build

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                          This bass is nothing short of fantastic. Its balanced weight and comfortable feel make it easy to play, and it is extremely versatile tone wise. If you are looking for a solid instrument that will last you a lifetime, this is the way to go.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Simply The BEST

                          By Bowsertune

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone
                          • Great Neck
                          • Smooth action
                          • Solid Electronics

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                            The Fender Jazz bass is the definition of excellence. Mine was received in amazing setup condition. Very smooth to play, a professionals instrument, and the classic "Burp-y" sound of a Jazz Bass. Fender is known for their craftsmanship in their American lines, and this jazz bass is simply no exception. It is gold standard for any working professional, or novice wants to sound professional immediately. The action was so low, and smooth, that it made my naturally fast playing that much easier.

                            As a musician for 20 years, I'm absolutely certain that you get what you pay for. Spend a bit extra, save for a few more months, whatever you have to do – just get this jazz bass when you're ready.

                            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            just absolutely incredible!

                            By metalman

                            from somerset, New Jersey

                            About Me Experienced

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                            Pros

                            • Good Feel

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                              Why aren't there more reviews for this marvelous beauty? I tried it out at my local music store, and the precision model. Why both basses were excellent in their own terms, the tones the jazz bass could offer was just out of this world (to a certain extent it could kind of mimic some of the P-bass tones). You could get a sound for almost every genre (though for more fusion stuff get the fretless version.) Not only that but the feel is great; good neck and perfect action. I am telling you, do not settle for MIM, GET THIS BASS, but see if you can find one a little cheaper.

                              (2 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              This bass is awesome!

                              By basslord

                              from Hiawassee,GA

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                              Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                              i think this bass is really cool i hope some day i could buy one

                              (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

                                About Me Professional Musician

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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!

                                  (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!!

                                      (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.

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Blown Away!

                                          By Mikjams

                                          from New York

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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
                                            • Small Venues

                                            Comments about Fender American Standard Jazz Bass:

                                            First off, I'll say that I play more guitar than bass, but I've been playing both for more than twenty years. Right away, I was blown away by the quality. This is only my fourth bass - and the most expensive - but the feel, finish, craftsmanship, and playability are head and shoulders above anything I've ever played. I plan to record with it, and if I ever play bass in a band again, this will definitely be my numero uno. I should have picked one up years ago. I got the sunburst, and it's just a beautiful instrument. I love the sexy J-bass contours. I have medium hands, and my fingers are a little short, so the tapered neck works for me. The case is great, too. Mine was a blemished level 2, but it seemed flawless. Maybe there were some fine scratches on the pick guard or something, but who cares? Action was perfect and it was even in tune (at least with itself, I didn't have a tuner or keyboard available)! I'm very happy with this purchase.

                                             
                                            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.

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