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A bold new interpretation of the venerable Jazz Bass with phenomenal Blacktop power!

In one of the most distinctive iterations of this legendary instrument ever designed, Fender now introduces the Blacktop Jazz Bass.

Sleek and supercharged, the Blacktop Jazz Bass features dual Blacktop split-coil Precision Bass pickups that pack a powerful one-two tonal punch. Other distinctive touches are three Jazz Bass control knobs (volume for each pickup and master tone) and a Blacktop HiMass bridge. Features include an alder body, maple neck with modern C shape and gloss urethane finish, rosewood fretboard with 9.5 radius and 20 medium jumbo frets, three-ply black-white-black pickguard, open-gear tuners and chrome hardware.

FEATURES
  • Alder Jazz Bass body
  • Maple C shape neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Blacktop Split Single-Coil Precision Bass pickups
  • Blacktop 4-saddle adjustable HiMass bridge
  • Vintage Style Jazz Bass knobs

Get in on this exciting new era of Fender bass tone! Order now.

SPECIFICATIONS

Blacktop Jazz Bass

  • Fretboard radius: 9.5"
  • Nut width: 1.5"
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FenderBlacktop Jazz Bass
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

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(27 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice twist on a classic!

By Rick

from Monroe, LA

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Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

Just got my Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass in last week. I own several different basses, each with unique features and tones. That's what attracted me to this one.

First, it just looks great: White Chrome Pearl with black pickguard and chrome for the controls. I have always loved the Jazz body and really love the dual P-bass pickups configuration, gives this bass a unique sound. Had a decent setup right out of the box, which is good, since I gigged with it just a couple of hours after receiving it. Great neck action, great tone. I will be lowering the strings just a bit and adjusting the pickup height, but no complaints here. Everybody "tweaks" to some extent.

I recommend this bass to anyone who wants that classic Jazz look, but yet something a little different. Yes, you could swap out the pickups for some that are a little "hotter", but this is a great bass "As Is".

(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blacktop Jazz is a winner!!!!!

By Fokball

from South Florida

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Pros

  • Excellent Craftsmanship
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Lots of Tone Options
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

    Had this bass about a week now. Bass I recieved needed minor set up (truss 1/2 turn, had too much relief for my liking and lower string height slightly, re-adjust intonation). Bought the White Chrome Pearl, to me this bass looks more grey, when I put it next to an Olympic White bass. Paint job is beautiful with all the little sparkles in it. Definitly a nice color. This bass is made in Mexico, same as the standard series but to me it has some nice upgrades. The Himass bridge is excellent upgrade. The pickups on this bass are extremely hot. These are not standard typical type P-Pickups.
    Quality: To me, same as standard series made in mexico but like I said with upgrades.
    Playability: After set up is excellent as all my fenders are set up about the same. Not to high and not to low----no fret buzz. Bass has a jazz neck with the modern C shape, feels exactly the same as my 2011 Fender Standard Jazz bass.
    Strings: I like the stock strings after the ring is worked out( usually about 2 weeks) that comes on this bass and use them on my standard Jazz as well. Give them a chance, most people are quick to change them out, once the ring is worked out this strings sound real nice and cut through the mix well.
    Pickups: These babies are HOT, they have a nice growl. When I first plugged this bass in I thought it was active because the pickups were so hot. This bass has a wide variety of tones and many options. If you play just off the neck pickup it sounds similar to a P-Bass. When you just play off the bridge it sounds similar to a Jazz Bass. Combined you have pure thunder. I would call this a Jazz bass on steroids.
    Overall impression: This is definitly one to add to your arsenal. I really love the tone options from this bass. The reason I bought this was because I love the sound of the P-Bass and the comfort of of a Jazz neck. What I got was a bonus. The ability to have the P-type tone with options of a growly Jazz sound. I am really enjoying this bass and would highly recommend this bass to someone looking for something different or who is tossed up between getting a P or J bass. You will not regret getting this bass. Its certainly a keeper.

    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A really good bass

    By Mike

    from Agua Dulce, California

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    Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

    I just got the blacktop for Christmas. It is the first new Fender bass I've owned since 1964. I've played a Precision bass for what seems like forever. I've always like the thinner neck of the Jazz bass and now that I have this one I think I'm in love. The two split pick-ups give this Jazz bass a very unique sound... thick but punchy. You can get the good old P-bass sound plus the snap of the Jazz bass but with a little extra. This bass will get used... a lot!

    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT BASS!!!

    By i_dont_need_a_nickname

    from Afghanistan

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    Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

    I couldn't be happier with my bass. Sure, the pickups will eventually be replaced with some active ones, but the stock ones sound great. Good solid feel, well put together... (theres no such thing as laquer on a pick guard, once again, peel the protective coating off) and a beautiful white pearl finish. I love it.
    This is overall a great instrument, a real steal for the price. Before I go any further, I would like to point out to that there is no such thing as "laquer" on a pick guard. Fender puts a protective coating over the plastic. peel it off and you will be amazed. All I have to say is... WOW. and moving on. Great sustain, good solid feel, fast neck, and well balanced, too.
    very well put together, Fender does it again.
    You get Jazz bass body and feel with P bass pickups. Can we say best of both worlds?

    (5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blacktop Jazz bass

    By Community User

    from Maine

    Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

    I give this a nine due to the finish on the pickguard and the "crappy" strings it comes with. I'm putting D'addario flatwounds on these this week - can't wait!
    Nice and basic, you can pull a variety of tones out of this little bass. The neck is super sweet and fast. I can't even bring myself to pick up my 5 string Ibanez since I purchased this bass.
    I was disappointed that the lacquer was coming off the pickguard on two spots. The neck is beautiful and solid, as is the body. I bought the chrome peral version, the finish is gorgeous - just downright perfect.
    This bass is definitely worth the price!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nothing I've found compares for the $$

    By The Muffster

    from Florida

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

    MF had an awesome price on this bass during their Labor Day sale, so I just couldn't resist because I've been saving for a decent bass to noodle around on for a while now.

    It's a Mexican made Fender but, from what I've seen trying US-made standard J-basses in music stores, I don't think I'd be able to tell them apart blindfolded (except for the electronics and the Standard being around triple the price).

    Of course, a lot of that is probably due to the fact that bass guitar isn't my first instrument. That said, I didn't need anything overly expensive but wanted some decent features, and this fit the bill perfectly.

    The craftsmanship seems nice, and it showed up in immaculate condition. Thankfully, the setup was good right out of the box, as I'm sure no luthier. The neck is a little concave, but I'm not touching anything until it's had a chance to acclimate down here in Florida for at least a few days.

    Anyway, just needed to tune it, and off I went to annoy the neighbors. I don't have a bass amp, so I ran it directly into a line-in on my mixer and played through the 15's on my PA. No fret buzz, and the action is nice and low. Sounds pretty Geddy-ish with both pickups and the tone knob cranked to max, which as a die-hard Rush fan made me pretty happy.

    I had very good luck with my Mexican Telecaster for a long while (my youngest son is still playing it today), so I'm hoping this will stand that test of time as well. And, like all Fenders, it's got a limited lifetime warranty.

    Couldn't be happier with this purchase!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can't go wrong!!

    By Dr. Slaphappy

    from Ft. Lauderdale,FL

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

    For starters I would like to take my hat off to Musician's Friend for their great prices and customer service. I received this bass a day earlier than I was told and it was less than it was in a local music store.
    As for the bass, it is everything you would expect from Fender. Great look, great workmnship and great sound. I bought the black version and the finish is flawless. BTW, you do need to remove the protective plastic film on the pick guard.
    I have had this bass for about a month now and I am still "tweeking" it. The action is a little higher than I like, but I expected that.
    For the price of this bass, you can't go wrong. I can't see how anyone could have a complaint about this instrument.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    yesyesyesyesyes

    By The Dude

    from Jersey

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Sexy

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

      I get this beautiful bass and right out of the box is in perfect condition and ready to play
      The lows are so gritty and punchy and the highs are so clear and twangy it's MIND BLOWING
      HIGHLY recommend for ANY genre of music
      So much punch it could punch out Mike Tyson

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Fender Value

      By Mom Talc

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

        Out of the box, the neck needed adjusting to make it more comfortable to play, but now that has been done the quality and sound is what Fender has always been about. I was a bit apprehensive about the dual split pickups @ 1st, yet they give the bass a somewhat unique sound, although I can still achieve that famous Fender bass growl. Great value for the money and a definite upgrade from the Ibanez I have played for the last several years.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Super Great Bass

        By Karkarov7

        from El salvador

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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 Blacktop Jazz Bass:

          Im really glad with this bass i can recommend without doubt it, it is an amazing bass great sound i was concern because of the pickups thinking that this bass wouldnt sound like a jazz bass with jazz pickups but no when i took it on my hands it really amazing great slap sound

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Value

          By kkpaddle

          from Newfoundland, Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

            I love the sound and feel of the neck. I guess I lucked out but mine was perfectly set up right out of the box and the intonation was dead on. This bass just looks good and plays and sounds good to my ear. There is really nothing more to say. It's a great bass.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Something Special

            By Steel1906

            from Louisiana

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

              Super nice, much more than expected

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing bass

              By Karkarov7

              from El salvador

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

                Im really happy with this bass great sound

                 
                5.0

                A steal for the price

                By Crusader

                from Puerto Varas, Chile

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

                  Exceeds expectations in every level, even compared to other bass-guitars twice the price.

                   
                  5.0

                  one sweet bass!

                  By bobbybooshay

                  from gardnerville, nv

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

                    this is a solid bass by fender, i love the look and feel on this baby. It did need to have the truss rod tightened and strings height adjusted at first ,but then it was good to go, very nice.

                     
                    4.0

                    Great to play, but have had difficulties

                    By Ben The Bassist

                    from Oregon

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone
                    • Great Tone

                    Cons

                    • Dead Spots
                    • Lots Of Dead Spots
                    • Poor Pick Up

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

                      I got this bass back in Feb. and I love it. The only problems I found are a lot of dead spots and the bridge pickup. A few months after I got it, the bridge pickup died dead. I'm waiting for the third repair shop I've taken it to for this problem because the other two couldn't figure it out. It's really irritating when you go to get that slap/sharp tone and you can't. Other than that, Fender did a great job.

                       
                      5.0

                      Deal of the century for the money

                      By COMEXBROKER

                      from Wilton ,CT

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel

                      Cons

                      • Fret Buzz

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass:

                      This was one of my favorite purchases. absolute great value for the money. I have listed fret buzz, but not becase it is a bad bass, but like other instruments this must be adjusted to fit the stings you are using. When I get that minor kink out, Im afraid to say this will be my number one bass. Blacktop line, to me looks and plays killer. The added pickup at the treble position brought this mainly "metal" fan back to Fender.

                      I was hesitant to buy a bass over the internet. At least from Musicians Friend.. I am not. Top notch packing and shipping.

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