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  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with pau ferro fingerboard
  • Alder body
  • Pau ferro fingerboard with 20 medium-jumbo frets
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A bass for the gigging musician . . . one that you can afford.

The Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V is upgraded with modern features to give the working musician a versatile, sweet-playing instrument at a reasonable price. It has the comfortable modern C-neck profile, medium-jumbo frets, and Vintage Noiseless pickups with active 3-band EQ combined with the standard volume and pan. This Fender Jazz Bass is traditional yet modern.

Includes a gig bag.

Features

  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with pau ferro fingerboard
  • Alder body
  • Pau ferro fingerboard with 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • Vintage Noiseless Jazz Bass pickups
  • Master volume, pan, plus 3-band active EQ
  • Includes deluxe gig bag

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FenderDeluxe Active Jazz Bass V
 
4.9

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good if not Better than its American cousin

    I've had this bass and gigged out with it for 5 years....it is main bass. I liked it so much, I bought the 4 string version too. I've always been afraid...Read complete review

    I've had this bass and gigged out with it for 5 years....it is main bass. I liked it so much, I bought the 4 string version too. I've always been afraid to take my American out to every gig...have had too many stolen in the past. I bought this as a starter 5 string for me (I always played 4) and was blown away. As a former GC employee, I have played a lot of basses in my day and I must say, the Fender V Deluxe is one of the best bases for the 700-800 price range. The active pups are quiet which is good for me because I use a lot of FX. The neck has a nice feel to it. It stays in tune nicely....which is rare for the weather we get here in New England. Compared to the American Deluxe...I find that the MIM's in the upper class have better playability out of the box than the American ones do. The active pup's can be a little hard on an amp. If you don't know what you're doing, I would suggest something with Passive pups until you explore your amp a little more. A little too much gain can make the pups too muddy or tin'y. I found it easy to get the tone I wanted, the power I needed, the neck feel I wanted...this is a solid bass. Any bassist would be stupid to not have one of these in their bag of tricks. For that nu-metal sound with my Dunlop DI W/ Distortion, this thing is a monster! For more funky ska like sound, I dial up the middle position with a little boost in the levels and my BBE on...sounds like Sublime with a heavy boomy bottom. Or, I dial it all the way back to the bridge pup for a hollow almost Green Day sound (which is funny, I think that guy uses a PBass.) If you're not sure whether to get a pbass, jbass, or pjbass...just go for the active JBass. Wicked versitle, strong, won't let you down.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I think I got a bad one

    I hate to write a bad review as I've had so many great experiences with Musicians Friend. Mine is being RA'd and they are shipping me a new one. Let me start with it...Read complete review

    I hate to write a bad review as I've had so many great experiences with Musicians Friend. Mine is being RA'd and they are shipping me a new one. Let me start with it is a beautiful bass! The body was great the neck looked great. This was the first 5 string I've ever played. I don't think I really need a 5 and my fingers are small so that won't work for me. No one had one for me to try so I went into that with no experience. Now the bad. The strings were about an inch off the fretboard. I lowered two of the bridge saddles all the way down and they barely lowered at all. I'm not going to remove the neck and shim or mess with the truss rod on a brand new bass. It was just too far out. The tone is amazing on this bass! However that was when it wasn't buzzing from some ground issue somewhere. I plugged in my other basses and they weren't doing it. I didn't even know active electronics could ground out like that ha! The strap buttons both felt wobbly. like they might fall out. I attempted to tighten them with screw driver but from the get go they just spun like there was nothing grabbing. this all made me too nervous with a new purchase. I called for an exchange and while I was at it switched it to the 4 string version.

    Originally I paid 2 day shipping and they sent me a Dobro. Ha! I was so excited for it and got a Dobro?... I tried to keep a humor about it. I shipped the Dobro back as they sent my bass. They 1 day'd it for me as a courtesy but it was already Friday so didn't ship till monday.

    My return experience. The service on the phone was great until I lost connection thanks to my cellular provider. I immediately called back and there was no record of the exchange or the covered shipping that had been cleared by a supervisor nothing. I had to start the whole process over again with someone else. I was happy during the first call of the exchange but by the time I had to go through it all again I was so disappointed. Then in the time it took to start over again with someone else the two basses he had in stock were gone. It's now backordered and I now have to wait until at least Jan 17th. Beyond unhappy. I'm afraid how long that will really take as I've been trying to order an Ampeg bass stack for 3 1/2 months and it's release to them keeps getting pushed back (not their fault) so I give up and switch to a Gallien-Kruger stack of 4x10 and 1x15. The 4x10 is backordered now (also not their fault). I can't win. I'm literally trying to throw money at you guys. All you have to do is catch it.
    Sorry to gripe you guys are always awesome and I prefer you to anyone else but I am frustrated with these few things.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    I think I got a bad one

    By Rockshady

    from Hammond, Indiana

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V:

    I hate to write a bad review as I've had so many great experiences with Musicians Friend. Mine is being RA'd and they are shipping me a new one. Let me start with it is a beautiful bass! The body was great the neck looked great. This was the first 5 string I've ever played. I don't think I really need a 5 and my fingers are small so that won't work for me. No one had one for me to try so I went into that with no experience. Now the bad. The strings were about an inch off the fretboard. I lowered two of the bridge saddles all the way down and they barely lowered at all. I'm not going to remove the neck and shim or mess with the truss rod on a brand new bass. It was just too far out. The tone is amazing on this bass! However that was when it wasn't buzzing from some ground issue somewhere. I plugged in my other basses and they weren't doing it. I didn't even know active electronics could ground out like that ha! The strap buttons both felt wobbly. like they might fall out. I attempted to tighten them with screw driver but from the get go they just spun like there was nothing grabbing. this all made me too nervous with a new purchase. I called for an exchange and while I was at it switched it to the 4 string version.

    Originally I paid 2 day shipping and they sent me a Dobro. Ha! I was so excited for it and got a Dobro?... I tried to keep a humor about it. I shipped the Dobro back as they sent my bass. They 1 day'd it for me as a courtesy but it was already Friday so didn't ship till monday.

    My return experience. The service on the phone was great until I lost connection thanks to my cellular provider. I immediately called back and there was no record of the exchange or the covered shipping that had been cleared by a supervisor nothing. I had to start the whole process over again with someone else. I was happy during the first call of the exchange but by the time I had to go through it all again I was so disappointed. Then in the time it took to start over again with someone else the two basses he had in stock were gone. It's now backordered and I now have to wait until at least Jan 17th. Beyond unhappy. I'm afraid how long that will really take as I've been trying to order an Ampeg bass stack for 3 1/2 months and it's release to them keeps getting pushed back (not their fault) so I give up and switch to a Gallien-Kruger stack of 4x10 and 1x15. The 4x10 is backordered now (also not their fault). I can't win. I'm literally trying to throw money at you guys. All you have to do is catch it.
    Sorry to gripe you guys are always awesome and I prefer you to anyone else but I am frustrated with these few things.

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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome guitar

    By jazperson

    from Manila, Philippines

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V:

      I purchased this bass guitar 2 months ago and I had it shipped in the US. I am actually from the Philippines. I just got it the other day and all I can say is "Thank you Fender and Musician's Friend" for this awesome bass guitar. My dream bass guitar is the american deluxe but when I played this, I got comfortable with the tonation and feel of the guitar. I love it.

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      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      excellent

      By xnet1

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V:

      This Bass has a very good feel to it, excellent sound, and great for live performances. 100% recommended

      Comment on this review

      (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome 5 String!

      By Big E

      from Wisconsin

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V:

      Finally got my MIM Jazz Deluxe V. I've been playing a MIJ Fender Jaguar, which plays awesome, but have wanted another string for quite some time with the same awesome tone as my jag. My new jazz bass is vintage white, and I love the color! I wanted to lick it the first time I saw it because it looks just like vanilla pudding. Besides the great color and finish, you can dial in pretty much any sound you're looking for with the active EQ. I definately recommend this bass to anyone looking for a high quiality 5 string bass with the legendary sound to back it up, and doesn't want to break the bank.

      Comment on this review

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good if not Better than its American cousin

      By wyldjoe

      from Massachusetts

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V:

      I've had this bass and gigged out with it for 5 years....it is main bass. I liked it so much, I bought the 4 string version too. I've always been afraid to take my American out to every gig...have had too many stolen in the past. I bought this as a starter 5 string for me (I always played 4) and was blown away. As a former GC employee, I have played a lot of basses in my day and I must say, the Fender V Deluxe is one of the best bases for the 700-800 price range. The active pups are quiet which is good for me because I use a lot of FX. The neck has a nice feel to it. It stays in tune nicely....which is rare for the weather we get here in New England. Compared to the American Deluxe...I find that the MIM's in the upper class have better playability out of the box than the American ones do. The active pup's can be a little hard on an amp. If you don't know what you're doing, I would suggest something with Passive pups until you explore your amp a little more. A little too much gain can make the pups too muddy or tin'y. I found it easy to get the tone I wanted, the power I needed, the neck feel I wanted...this is a solid bass. Any bassist would be stupid to not have one of these in their bag of tricks. For that nu-metal sound with my Dunlop DI W/ Distortion, this thing is a monster! For more funky ska like sound, I dial up the middle position with a little boost in the levels and my BBE on...sounds like Sublime with a heavy boomy bottom. Or, I dial it all the way back to the bridge pup for a hollow almost Green Day sound (which is funny, I think that guy uses a PBass.) If you're not sure whether to get a pbass, jbass, or pjbass...just go for the active JBass. Wicked versitle, strong, won't let you down.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Super COOL!

      By ?????????????

      from Eastern Shore, Maryland

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V:

      I have a friend who's brother just passed away. His brother was a bass player. I am also a bass player. My friend decided to give me his brothers bass(such an honor) because being a bassist, I would appreciate it. What an incredible instrument! You can easily y tune in a p-bass sound or cut out some of the fullness for some funky stuff! Buy this thing, its worth every penny!

      Comment on this review

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      University Ready

      By Jim Barabe

      from Amherst & Cape Cod, MA

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V:

      I'm in my third year at UMass Amherst and since coming here in 2007, I have played 6 semesters in the Mass Marimba Band, Hoop Band, and the UMass Drumline's Front Ensemble. The first guitar I played at UMass was a Fender Fretless Jazz Bass (4 string), which was great, but couldn't produce more than a few different textures and barely had enough power to cut through the lower end brass and marimbas. God bless my parents, because for Christmas 2009 I was able to pick this bass out of the Fender lineup and they paid for it. I haven't turned back since. Since getting this bass, I've been able to balance my sound to fit into any ensemble and play any style of music. The active pickups are absolutely clutch! The low b string is one of the best sounding b's that I've ever encountered. There is zero fret buzz and I've only had to set up the neck once since I got it over Christmas break. (In New England you usually have to set your neck up on a monthly basis because of the humidity.) This bass gets played for at least two hours EVERY SINGLE DAY and hasn't begun to show any signs of wear. My only complaint about this bass is that it doesn't come with strap locks, but I can overlook that.If you're serious about playing bass guitar and you think that you're on your way towards a lifetime relationship with music, this guitar will satisfy your every need.

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      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      worth every penny

      By Antman983

      from tuscaloosa, al

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V:

      for the price you really can't beat this bass. with that being said, there are a couple of beefs. first, the saddles on the bridge were HUGE and made it hard to get really low action the way i like unless I used tapered B AND E strings, so i replaced it with a badass V. also, while this bass does have an excellent sound, i couldn't get that classic jazz growl out of it at first no matter how i set my bass or amp EQs and couldn't figure out why until i researched it and found that the pickups are not actually single coil (hence "noiseless"). so beware.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Suprising features for the price

      By Lowend2

      from Brockport, NY

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V:

      Fender has done it again! This bass is very solidly built, and has great tone. I use it frequently on weekend gigs and it is able to handle anything I throw at it! I play everything from Classic and Modern Country, to Classic Rock, and even Motown and Blues. This bass provides ample flexibility to dial in any sound needed with ease. I definitely recommend as a great addition to any arsenal.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Featurefull

      By Steven-.Fx1I

      from Wisconsin

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V:

      The first thing i noticed about this bass was how nice the neck feels. It's thin and lets your fingers play fast, good for sweeps and speed runs. It also the pickups can handle the low b string quite well, but can lack a little on the top string. the three band eq is very versitial, and can give you anything from deep bass to barking mids. And i was relly suprised how well this bass sounded when i plugged it straight into a p.a. system. very convienient for me seeing as i play with acoustic bands and hate carrying around an amp.

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