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A classic with a smart new form and two humbucking pickups.

Throughout its history, Fender has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic, Mustang and Musicmaster models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player Series continues that great "my-first-Fender" tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on our most revered instruments-all with outstandingly attainable value.

The Modern Player Jazz Bass is a volcanic new take on the time-honored Jazz Bass thanks to its dual Modern Player humbucking Jazz Bass pickups. Other features include an alder body, C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fretboard with 9.5" radius and 20 jumbo frets, three-ply pickguard, vintage-style four-saddle bridge with brass saddles, open-gear tuners and nickel/chrome hardware. Available in Three-color Sunburst, Olympic White and Black Transparent.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Modern Player Series
  • Jazz Bass body shape
  • Alder body
  • Gloss Polyester body finish
  • Maple "C" Shape neck
  • Gloss Polyester neck finish
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Synthetic Bone string nut
  • Pickups: Modern Player Humbucking Jazz Bass Pickup (Bridge)
  • Modern Player Humbucking Jazz Bass Pickup (Middle)
  • Controls: Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone
  • Nickel/Chrome Hardware:
  • Open Gear Tuning Machines
  • Vintage Style 4-Saddle Bridge with Brass Saddles
  • Jazz Bass Knobs
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
  • Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (Gauges .045-.105)
  • Case sold separately

Great price, classic styling, and killer sound come together. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar

  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1cm)
    Frets: 20, Jumbo
    Scale Length: 34" (86.36cm)
    Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1mm)
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FenderModern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid deal

I need to let you know how this thing sounds. Imagine that it's daddy was a P bass and momma was a Jazz. Being humbuckers, it looses some of the sweet, airy...Read complete review

I need to let you know how this thing sounds. Imagine that it's daddy was a P bass and momma was a Jazz. Being humbuckers, it looses some of the sweet, airy "bell" tones of the Jazz bass. What it gains is the low-mid "whump" of a P bass while retaining the tonal characteristics of the Jazz - a sweet compromise indeed.
One note on tone: The pickups are better than my original impression led me to believe. They are very sensitive to height adjustment and need to be in their "sweet spot" to get the best out of them. Once I found that spot they really came alive!
Here's the bottom line: Fantastic deal for an outstanding bass - GET IT!
Basic Jazz Bass features with the exception of humbucking double jazz pickups. Vol, Vol, Tone and no coil tap (two conductor wires).
I've been playng bass since 1973 and have seen, especially in the last ten years, an amazing elevation in the quality of instruments at lower price points. Not so many years back, one would have had to spend quite a bit more to acquire a bass of this quality. Solid materials, flawless finishing, very nice electronics and hardware - it's all there.
This is a ton of bass for very little dough. Outstanding value. There is no compelling reason to spend any more.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

pretty disappointed; compared to the blacktop P bass, this's a squire with a fender sticker

I like what they're doing with Squire basses recently; I often felt that if they only had that 'Fender' sticker on it, I'd be happy playing many of them... but then,...Read complete review

I like what they're doing with Squire basses recently; I often felt that if they only had that 'Fender' sticker on it, I'd be happy playing many of them... but then, they go for a lot cheaper, too! After trying this bass, I'm not so sure.

So, this bass isnt BAD, really - the looks of it are fine. But here's my deal: I bought a Blacktop P bass last year, and I like it a lot - the only thing I wished it had the J bass' slimmer neck. So, when they came out with the Player's J bass, I was like 'YES!', and I ordered one expecting the same quality. After noticing the differences in the finish and neck, I played it and didnt hear the snap and boom I expected. My friend said, 'oh, it's made in China, huh?', and I didnt believe it but yes, that's the case.Then I thought maybe it was just me, not hearing the sound, but then I compared it back to back with the Blacktop P bass (also dual humbuck-equipped), it definitely sounded weaker! Part of it may be due to the pickup placement - the P has both mounted a little closer to the bridge (and the bridge is heavyer, with steel saddles and thicker metal) - but when I looked closely, the pickups are NOT the same; the Player's Jazz defintely are not as nice! This is a Squire-quality bass with a Fender decal on it.

I love the Fender Jazz neck and dual-pickup design, and this bass is ok... but while the humbucks are quieter, these particular pickups are not as high-output as the Mexican Blacktop Precision, and you when you subtract that from trading out the single-coil snap and clarity of even a standard J bass..... I was not really happy with this purchase. I'm keeping it, but I'm sure I'll be playing the Blacktop or my '70's reissue a lot more often!
Not bad looking, I got the transparent black and the finish is fine. The neck has no 'skunk stripe', the yellowish 'vintage' look, nice gloss. The neck plate is stamped 'Fender' - a nice touch. Got the little plastic control knobs but those are standard. Brass saddles on a sturdy bridge.

The humbucks are just ok; the ones on mine are not great, the tone is kind of muddy. See below.
The appearance is pretty good, no cosmetic flaws really. But after playing and looking at it closely, this is a 'made in china' bass, and compares more to Squires than even a Mexican Fender. The pick-ups, tuners, and bridge are all slightly-less-good than the Mexican Blacktop. Tonight was cold, but to me it seemed like it didnt stay in tune all that well, either.
For the same price, the blacktop P bass is a MUCH better deal. see below

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(19 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

pretty disappointed; compared to the blacktop P bass, this's a squire with a fender sticker

By jahbuck

from Annapolis, MD

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar:

I like what they're doing with Squire basses recently; I often felt that if they only had that 'Fender' sticker on it, I'd be happy playing many of them... but then, they go for a lot cheaper, too! After trying this bass, I'm not so sure.

So, this bass isnt BAD, really - the looks of it are fine. But here's my deal: I bought a Blacktop P bass last year, and I like it a lot - the only thing I wished it had the J bass' slimmer neck. So, when they came out with the Player's J bass, I was like 'YES!', and I ordered one expecting the same quality. After noticing the differences in the finish and neck, I played it and didnt hear the snap and boom I expected. My friend said, 'oh, it's made in China, huh?', and I didnt believe it but yes, that's the case.Then I thought maybe it was just me, not hearing the sound, but then I compared it back to back with the Blacktop P bass (also dual humbuck-equipped), it definitely sounded weaker! Part of it may be due to the pickup placement - the P has both mounted a little closer to the bridge (and the bridge is heavyer, with steel saddles and thicker metal) - but when I looked closely, the pickups are NOT the same; the Player's Jazz defintely are not as nice! This is a Squire-quality bass with a Fender decal on it.

I love the Fender Jazz neck and dual-pickup design, and this bass is ok... but while the humbucks are quieter, these particular pickups are not as high-output as the Mexican Blacktop Precision, and you when you subtract that from trading out the single-coil snap and clarity of even a standard J bass..... I was not really happy with this purchase. I'm keeping it, but I'm sure I'll be playing the Blacktop or my '70's reissue a lot more often!
Not bad looking, I got the transparent black and the finish is fine. The neck has no 'skunk stripe', the yellowish 'vintage' look, nice gloss. The neck plate is stamped 'Fender' - a nice touch. Got the little plastic control knobs but those are standard. Brass saddles on a sturdy bridge.

The humbucks are just ok; the ones on mine are not great, the tone is kind of muddy. See below.
The appearance is pretty good, no cosmetic flaws really. But after playing and looking at it closely, this is a 'made in china' bass, and compares more to Squires than even a Mexican Fender. The pick-ups, tuners, and bridge are all slightly-less-good than the Mexican Blacktop. Tonight was cold, but to me it seemed like it didnt stay in tune all that well, either.
For the same price, the blacktop P bass is a MUCH better deal. see below

(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid deal

By Erock

from Northern California

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar:

I need to let you know how this thing sounds. Imagine that it's daddy was a P bass and momma was a Jazz. Being humbuckers, it looses some of the sweet, airy "bell" tones of the Jazz bass. What it gains is the low-mid "whump" of a P bass while retaining the tonal characteristics of the Jazz - a sweet compromise indeed.
One note on tone: The pickups are better than my original impression led me to believe. They are very sensitive to height adjustment and need to be in their "sweet spot" to get the best out of them. Once I found that spot they really came alive!
Here's the bottom line: Fantastic deal for an outstanding bass - GET IT!
Basic Jazz Bass features with the exception of humbucking double jazz pickups. Vol, Vol, Tone and no coil tap (two conductor wires).
I've been playng bass since 1973 and have seen, especially in the last ten years, an amazing elevation in the quality of instruments at lower price points. Not so many years back, one would have had to spend quite a bit more to acquire a bass of this quality. Solid materials, flawless finishing, very nice electronics and hardware - it's all there.
This is a ton of bass for very little dough. Outstanding value. There is no compelling reason to spend any more.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fender bender

By Stratman

from minneapolis

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar:

The fit & finish were excellent. The setup right out of the box was nearly perfect, just tune & play. I haven't owned it long enough to find any negatives, but based on experience it should be fine. The quality & tone are far better than the MIM jazz bases I was considering. It played well & sounded great for blues, blues rock, & was also good for slap bass. The pickups & the chunky bridge had great output. I would strongly recommend the Fender Modern Player Jazz bass.
Really impressive jazz bass. The humbuckers add a valuable tonal quality as well as abig boost in bottom. Nice big bridge.
I was quite surprised at the build quality of an imported guitar based on past experience. Playing this bass at a music store allowed me to compare it to the American Standard Jazz bass & found them quite equal.
At this price, i would say a great value. This is a nice axe!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

jazz musician

By William Tweedie

from Michigan

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar:

This is a very nice Jazz Bass, if you always wanted an affordable Jazz Bass with the Fender name on it you can't beat this, great sound, nice action, up grade with new hi-end strings and you can't beat it.
I like the bridge, still getting use to the pickups, tuners are fine and the output is great.
I found the quality to be very good for an entry level Jazz Bass, a little on the shiny side so don't expect it not to scratch a bit.
Great value for any Fender of this quality.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Black Transparent Modern Jazz

By Dave Rice

from NY

Comments about Fender Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar:

Love this bass. My other J bass I've had for 19 years, I plan to keep this one for that, if not longer.
The doubling of the pick-ups was exactly what I wanted in a J bass and couldn't find, because it didn't exist. And then this thing comes around!
Recieved this bass as a suprise Xmas present. I had been eyeing and was weary due to the fact I hadn't found one in-store that I could test drive. Once I picked it and and hit 2 notes, I knew this bass was better than what I expected.
I have played $1200 Fender J bass' and maybe its just me, because every player has a preference, but this one sounds equal, if not better. And less than half the price!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Takes the Jazz

By 3rdBass

from Northeast PA

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Pros

  • Craftmanship
  • Fit Finish
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Price
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Blues
    • Jamming
    • Jazz
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar:

    First saw one for sale on a bass forum. I was immediately intrigued with the dual humbuckers. It sold before I had a chance to respond, so an online search turned up (2) used ones with free shipping through Musicians Friend. Received it in as-new condition, plastic still on the pickguard. Had to tweak the trussrod a bit and set the intonation, then it played like butter. Totally silent passive electronics, although I'm used to active circuits, so I have to raise the gain on my preamp to get the desired tone. Very satisfied, probably one of the best inexpensive basses I own.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pretty sweet

    By emcd64

    from SOWEGA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar:

      Very nice for the price. Hot pickups, had to dial the volume back on my amp. Got the sunburst, it's sweet. Minor setup changes out of the box to control buzz (raised the saddle on a couple of strings to reduce buzzing and tweaked the truss rod)sounds great now. Nice thump and get tonal changes from the knobs pretty easily. Tuning keys dissapoint a bit though, that's basically the only weakness. Oh, and it's pretty heavy.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Beautiful

      By Spoonerstreet

      from Dallas, TX

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      Pros

      • Plays great
      • Smooth

      Cons

      • Thin Sounding

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar:

        Very nice bass. Plays very, very easily. Only negative is that the sound is a bit thin, but that could be because it comes with smaller gauge strings. Have to play it more to be sure. Very pretty, and looks great. You will need to get a gig bag, for sure, at a minimum.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Too Good To Be True!!

        By Action Jackson

        from Southern California

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar:

          This Fender Modern Jazz Bass is like an American Made Jazz bass on Steroids! I cannot believe you can get so much Bass for this money. I am a long time guitarist and vocalist who has always had a love for the bass. Lately I have a newfound love for this instrument and love playing bass. I am a Musicians Institute graduate for both guitar and vocals and now applying some of this experience to the bass has made it really fun. Reluctant to buy such an inexpensive bass as I already have a cheaper Yamaha, I decided to take a chance. Musicians Friend is simply the best and if I didn't like it, I know I can just return. That being said...WOW!! This bass is way more than I ever expected. With the pickup configuration you can create just about any sound you want. Very slight adjustments to the volume control on either pickup makes an incredible difference!! I have found I set them both at about 3/4 volume and if I boost either one just a little, my variation of tone is endless not to mention a tone adjustment. Talk about quiet!!! when you aren't playing NO Buzz whatsoever!! I mean library quiet. Sometimes I forget it is even on. Anyone looking for a great bass especially for this kind of money, GO GET THIS!! You will be amazed. Take it to a gig, quiet! If it gets destroyed by a drunken fool, you're not out thousands. All in all I can say nothing bad about this purchase. Minor adjustments on the truss and action and smooth as silk, plays like butter, no fret buzz at all. The finish is remarkable! Bass is beautiful. So in conclusion for a "pre modded Jazz Bass" right out of the box, you simply Cant go wrong. As far as Musicians friend, forget about it! They are simply the best. Shout out to Zack at x9339. He is just great! BUY IT!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          VERY GOOD! (WITH A FEW TWEAKS)

          By Blackie

          from NYC

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          Pros

          • Finish Is Right On
          • Fit Is Clean
          • Fit Is Right On
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Poor Set-up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Modern Player Jazz Electric Bass Guitar:

          An inexpensive instrument to bring up to your personal feel and standards. I sanded the neck to a satin (gloss was thick) and now she's fast and sweet . Set-up was poor:intonation off, action ridiculous. Perhaps it's just me but, I like my action low and growling. Why else would you play a Jazz? All in all, a good solid (heavy) instrument, when on sale.

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