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    A hot bass befitting one of the jazz world’s top players.

    Stylish, soulful, and astounding, the Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass has an ash body, distinctive black pickguard and control plate, one-piece C-shaped maple neck and fretboard with white binding and pearl block inlays, and a satin finish. Vintage-style Jazz Bass pickups and a 2-band active EQ provide tonal magic. Other accents include a Badass II bridge, and 3-bolt neck plate. Includes Fender gig bag.

    Features

    • Ash body
    • One-piece C-shaped maple neck
    • Maple fretboard with white binding and pearl block inlays
    • Satin finish
    • Vintage-style Jazz Bass pickups
    • 2-band active EQ
    • Bad Ass II bridge

    Exceptional tone, playability, and style, designed by jazz master Marcus Miller. Order now.

     
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    FenderMarcus Miller Jazz Bass
     
    4.8

    (based on 86 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It has steeze

    It is the first bass I have owned, the second one I have played extensively, so I don't really have anything to compare it to well, but I love it. The other bass...Read complete review

    It is the first bass I have owned, the second one I have played extensively, so I don't really have anything to compare it to well, but I love it. The other bass was a Gibson Les Paul, which I didn't care for that much. I played a variety of other basses while shopping for this one, the MM plays great, has a ton of great features, is classy looking as hell (I took the pickup cover off, didn't really like the feel), and above all sounds awesome. The vintage pickups sound exactly how I like it: flavorful yet powerful.
    This is the main reason I bought the bass. It has a switchable preamp, which is adequate, the tone shaping can get you a variety of tones, not as much as the deluxe j-basses, but it has a good range. The Badass II bridge is great, and better than the standard fender bridges (although I read that the 2011's have been improved drastically).
    Made in Japan, very well-so if I might say. The construction is solid, I don't know what else to say. I'ts good quality.
    You get what you pay for. While you can almost buy an American Jazz Bass for the price, you get way more features with this, with little compromise on the worksmanship

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    Average Bass

    The Marcus Miller Signature Bass is a great idea. However, the workmanship is not up to standard given the price. I had an Ibanez that I paid $400 for that sounded and played...Read complete review

    The Marcus Miller Signature Bass is a great idea. However, the workmanship is not up to standard given the price. I had an Ibanez that I paid $400 for that sounded and played better. If you are looking for a great sounding bass, and have to have a Fender, spend a little more money buy a 1970's or early 80's era Fender Jazz or Precision. You can also find good deals on used Modulus, Pedulla or Alembic basses in the same price range. I currently use a 1976 Fender Precision, 1978 Fender Jazz and a 1997 Alembic 5 string. They all sound great and I paid less for each of these than the cost of a Marcus Miller bass.

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    5.0

    Marcus Miller mij

    By Papa Joe

    from Gainesville,Georgia

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great looks
    • Plays great
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Buzzing
    • Ugly pickgard

    Best Uses

    • Blues
    • Jamming
    • Jazz
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock

    Comments about Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass:

    best bass i have had and i have had a bunch,looks great,sounds great.easy to play.very popular bass.ugly pickgard and buzzes to much.over all great bass to own.

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It has steeze

    By Ben Sweet

    from Central IL

    Comments about Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass:

    It is the first bass I have owned, the second one I have played extensively, so I don't really have anything to compare it to well, but I love it. The other bass was a Gibson Les Paul, which I didn't care for that much. I played a variety of other basses while shopping for this one, the MM plays great, has a ton of great features, is classy looking as hell (I took the pickup cover off, didn't really like the feel), and above all sounds awesome. The vintage pickups sound exactly how I like it: flavorful yet powerful.
    This is the main reason I bought the bass. It has a switchable preamp, which is adequate, the tone shaping can get you a variety of tones, not as much as the deluxe j-basses, but it has a good range. The Badass II bridge is great, and better than the standard fender bridges (although I read that the 2011's have been improved drastically).
    Made in Japan, very well-so if I might say. The construction is solid, I don't know what else to say. I'ts good quality.
    You get what you pay for. While you can almost buy an American Jazz Bass for the price, you get way more features with this, with little compromise on the worksmanship

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great bass for 600

    By studioj

    from midwest

    Comments about Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass:

    I bought this bass for 600 bucks, used, and it was a steal at that price. It sounds great even through inferior amps, but shines direct to track on recordingi do not have the noise issues others are complaining of, I have no problem with the weight. I think it is a great bass to get many kinds of sounds from that old school jazz bass that was every music of the electronic past, to the slappy high end defined funk that is electric bass today.Buying it new i guess you are paying for the fender and marcus miller names, but knowing what i know, i would have paid up to 1100 for a new or slightly used one

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Jazz Master

    By Dave-tRD3I

    from Central NJ

    Comments about Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass:

    I am a hobbyist and student that has been playing for 3 years. I've have this bass for a year and a half now and it sounds better than when I originally got it because I know all the little tricks and such about it, and the tone can get anywhere from Chili Pepper funk to classic jazz to Jaco Pastorius to deep slapping tones, as expected. This is my first real bass and I tried many other before I bought this one and I have been very pleased with it. I can say I will never sell this bass. Everything about this has surpassed my expectations and I know I will still find amazing things about this bass. Highly recommended

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    (2 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not worth the money

    By That guy-aLwCZ

    from California

    Comments about Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass:

    I play this bass in my school jazz band and it is definately not worth the money at all. I wouldn't buy it unless it was for an incredibly low price. It has a real twangy sound no matter what. It makes this strsnge buzzing sound whenever plugged in too. And it's not the amp trust me I've plugged in other basses into the amplifier and it has worked perfectly. I wouldn't recomend this to anyone.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Fender Funk Machine

    By Jason Eckard

    from United States

    Comments about Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass:

    Marcus Miller, funk/fusion virtuoso mass produced his bass of choice. I've owned this bass for while, it was rendered unplayable through some very bad decisions on my part.With that stated, the Marcus Miller Jazz bass is one pure instrument. Maple body, neck and fret-board this bass has a very transparent tone, pure funk at it's finest. I used this bass predominantly for a hardcore band and the sound was perfect, the on board pre-amp really lets you cut through the mix. If i were to change any aspect of this bass, it would be the bridge pick-up. Most of this is based on personal preference, the neck pickup is ment for a very transparent hollow sound, perfect for slap bass. If your looking for an old-school Jazz Bass with an on-board preamp. Buy this instrument, you won't be disappointed.

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    4.0

    Meh

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass:

    I owned one of these for about 4 years and as much as I loved its look the bass just didn`t sound good. It was always thin sounding, the passive setting was useless, and pups were noisy as hell. On top of that, this bass was so unbelievably heavy! It`s a shame the bass didn`t work out because it`s a real looker, but I ended up trading it for a Ray and I`ve been much happier ever since.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hum/Noise On MM Jazz BAss

    By Juzz467

    from Australia

    Comments about Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass:

    When i received this beautiful bass, i loved it. the only problem was that it had a distinct hum every time i plugged it in. It Really affected the sound. i took the bass to a music repair guy twice, and he couldn't find anything wrong with it. said it was the single coil pickups. DO NOT be fooled. I then took my bass to the guitar player in my band who does repair work at a music shop. And it seemed that Fender took a shortcut, not putting a wire from underneath the bridge to the volume control. It's as quite as anything now. This bass is amazing and if your gigging regulary, i Recommend you Buy IT :) You wont be let down.

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    5.0

    Simply Amazing

    By SiafuBurling

    from Chicago

    Comments about Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass:

    I noticed a previous review mentioning that if you pick this bass up and play it you will fall in love. Absolutely true! If you are a jazz bass fan (and how can you not be?) this is about as good as it gets, in my opinion. I have had four Fender jazz basses over the last ten years and I like this one the most by far. The fit/finish is truly exceptional. It feels very solid and well constructed. The feel of this bass is quite wonderful as well. It has a great neck. Just the right size for me, thin but not too thin (i.e. Geddy Lee jazz bass). The preamp and pickups are great as well. Plenty of tight low end and lots of twangy mids/highs (it should be noted that it seems to be biased towards the highs a bit more than most other jazz basses I've played. The maple fretboard plays a big part in too, though.). This thing really is a funk machine, but being a jazz bass means it is versatile enough for just about anything. Also, I love the active passive switch. I probably would not have purchased it without one. I am generally not a big fan of active electronics but having the option available to me now, I find myself using the preamp more and more. The major downside of this bass (which is currently the major downside of all other Fender products as well) is the price. After the 20-30% price hike, this thing is not cheap (thanks Fender!). However, if you have the means and are in the market for a well-rounded jazz bass, please do yourself the favor of checking this baby out. You won't regret it!

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    4.0

    Weak preamp

    By Sylvester(Snap) Andrews

    from New Orleans,La.

    Comments about Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass:

    I noticed when I played on the Marcus Miller Jazz it had a annoying hum. A friend of mind put in a Bartolini preamp and pickups. WOW it was totally quiet and sounded like the Marcus signature tone. What a Thumping Machine. Now it sounds as good as it looks.

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