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Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass  

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  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
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A do-it-all Jazz Bass that can cover any session.

When you back up as many different kinds of musicians as Reggie Hamilton, you need a bass that can adjust. Reggie's Jazz model is set up to cover the spread. It combines a Noiseless Jazz pickup in the bridge position, and an American Series Precision pickup at the neck. The pickups can be switched to passive or active mode via a mini-toggle on the pickguard. Active mode has a 3-band EQ with boost/cut on each band. In passive mode you get master volume and a pan control between the pickups. Another custom feature is a Hipshot Bass Xtender drop D key on the E string to give you the low D without going to a 5-string.

Includes a gig bag.

Features
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 20 frets
  • 1 American Series Precision Bass pickup (neck)
  • 1 Custom Noiseless Jazz Bass pickup (bridge)
  • Mini-toggle active/passive switch
  • Active mode: master volume, pickup pan, 3-band EQ with bass, mid, and treble boost/cut
  • Passive mode: master volume, pickup pan
  • Black/white/black 3-ply pickguard on black version
  • 4-ply tortoise shell on sunburst version
  • American Vintage Jazz bridge
  • Open gear tuning machines
  • Hipshot Bass Xtender drop D key on the E string
  • Includes a gig bag

An especially cool version of the Jazz Bass that will serve you especially well. Order today.

 
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FenderReggie Hamilton Jazz Bass
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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    (11)

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    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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          • Experienced (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Best kept secret of affordable basses

        This bass is amazing. Flat out. It's mexican made, but I could swear the parts in it are american.Pros:P/J pickup combo. Why don't more people play a bass with a PJ...Read complete review

        This bass is amazing. Flat out. It's mexican made, but I could swear the parts in it are american.Pros:P/J pickup combo. Why don't more people play a bass with a PJ combo???? It's truly the best of both worlds. With the parametric EQ adjustments, you can make this bass sound like the funkiest fender jazz bass, OR get well into MusicMan tone territory. Hipshot Tuner. Instantly drop the 4th string to a D by flicking a switch. Very reliable and easy to adjust with your figertips (no wrenches required)Active/Passive pickups. This is a MUST if using in venues with a straight plug-in to a PA system. Active pickups are WAY more aggressive, but this bass sounds amazing in both modes.Satin finish neck. I hate gloss necks... so much... This neck is nice and soft and feels AMAZING straight out of the box. (literally, I ordered mine.)The P bass pickup is positioned in the old position... the "Sweet spot" as it were.The bass is a good weight. Not all that heavy. It looks really great too. Very classy look for any player.Cons:The old style bridge is a bit of an oddity. The saddles are made from cut hardware nuts, so they have the screw threads on them and the string sits in one of the threads at all times. This allows the string to move around if you're REALLY playing hard (which I don't, I just know some of you are crazy.) Even this bridge is not much of a problem.Overall:GREAT bass. This is truly the best kept secret of the affordable basses category. :]Rock on!!! \m/(>.<)\m/

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        great concept,but neck is the culprit

        pretty nice bass, a little heavy which is a plus for tone.Fender preamp is decent too.Only problem I see in this bass is the neck.Ive read other forums,and that was a main complaint...Read complete review

        pretty nice bass, a little heavy which is a plus for tone.Fender preamp is decent too.Only problem I see in this bass is the neck.Ive read other forums,and that was a main complaint for people owning this bass,I figured I give it a try.Action was a little high out the box,I took off the neck to adjust it and at first the truss rod screw(phillips or regular screwdrive,I prefer the allen wrench type)wouldnt budge.Finally got it to move and had to max it out.It put a little relief in the neck but it still had a bow to it.Fender should take heed and maybe put that road worn,or geddy lee neck on this bass.IMHO those are the best necks fender has going.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By haozhou28

        from Detroit , MI

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass:

          Great bass, i love it very much, compared the schecter bass before, i would buy lots of instrument later in MF. But the price, how can i get VIP price, u know i have bought so much products, Thanks

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nice Bass Once Its All Put Together

          By Puddinking

          from St.Louis, MO.

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                Comments about Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass:

                This bass plays very well and has a a nice sound, low noise, nice pickup configuration. However it did not come easy! This is basically a kit. I had to invest quite a bit of additional cost for adjustments because it was sent from Musician's Friend incomplete. Here is a list of things that needed attention:

                1. Frets needed to be hammered and leveled…its hard to believe that Fender sent this neck out like this!

                2. Fret edges needed to be filed

                3. The nut had to be recut…the string sat on top of the nut, not in the groove, so the string was just vibrating on top of the nut.

                4. Neck needed to be removed and shimmed.

                5. Truss rod threads needed to be waxed along with lubed drop "D" mechanism….tuners needed a bit of tube as well.

                6. Realigned pots

                7. Repacked the pickups

                Musician's Friend does not suggest that any additional work will be needed but this bass did, and Musician's Friend is not refunding any part of this cost. Once this work was done it performed quite well. This bass is a pleasure to play but before buying from Musician's Friend consider the possibility that you may need to invest more money into the instrument before it is playable.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                great concept,but neck is the culprit

                By zigs

                from LONG ISLAND CITY,NY

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                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Neck adjustmentstrussrod
                • The neck

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass:

                pretty nice bass, a little heavy which is a plus for tone.Fender preamp is decent too.Only problem I see in this bass is the neck.Ive read other forums,and that was a main complaint for people owning this bass,I figured I give it a try.Action was a little high out the box,I took off the neck to adjust it and at first the truss rod screw(phillips or regular screwdrive,I prefer the allen wrench type)wouldnt budge.Finally got it to move and had to max it out.It put a little relief in the neck but it still had a bow to it.Fender should take heed and maybe put that road worn,or geddy lee neck on this bass.IMHO those are the best necks fender has going.

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                You Won't Regret Owning A

                By Zen2600

                from NorCal, USA

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass:

                    I was lucky enough to attend the NAMM show a couple years ago, and fell in love with this bass there. I was checking out all the Fender basses when this one caught my eye for its Jazz body and P-Bass neck pickup. I own a Fender JP-90, and it was the only bass I'd ever seen with a P+J combo on a jazz-style body and neck, so I had to play it. When I picked it up, I noticed the Hipshot, and that just blew me away.

                    I bought one within a couple months, and have been 100% satisfied with this bass ever since. I play it mostly in a Classic Soul band, but find myself bringing it to contemporary and even surf gigs because of the versatile tone and the convenience of the drop-D. Besides the great tone and feel, I always get compliments on the classy look of the 3-tone sunburst. I agree, it's the nicest Fender you can get for under $1000. Totally recommended!

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best kept secret of affordable basses

                    By Jared Brandon

                    from Lubbock, TX

                    Comments about Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass:

                    This bass is amazing. Flat out. It's mexican made, but I could swear the parts in it are american.Pros:P/J pickup combo. Why don't more people play a bass with a PJ combo???? It's truly the best of both worlds. With the parametric EQ adjustments, you can make this bass sound like the funkiest fender jazz bass, OR get well into MusicMan tone territory. Hipshot Tuner. Instantly drop the 4th string to a D by flicking a switch. Very reliable and easy to adjust with your figertips (no wrenches required)Active/Passive pickups. This is a MUST if using in venues with a straight plug-in to a PA system. Active pickups are WAY more aggressive, but this bass sounds amazing in both modes.Satin finish neck. I hate gloss necks... so much... This neck is nice and soft and feels AMAZING straight out of the box. (literally, I ordered mine.)The P bass pickup is positioned in the old position... the "Sweet spot" as it were.The bass is a good weight. Not all that heavy. It looks really great too. Very classy look for any player.Cons:The old style bridge is a bit of an oddity. The saddles are made from cut hardware nuts, so they have the screw threads on them and the string sits in one of the threads at all times. This allows the string to move around if you're REALLY playing hard (which I don't, I just know some of you are crazy.) Even this bridge is not much of a problem.Overall:GREAT bass. This is truly the best kept secret of the affordable basses category. :]Rock on!!! \m/(>.<)\m/

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great all around bass

                    By Bassman1324

                    from Lansing, MI

                    Comments about Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass:

                    I've been playing this bass for about a year now and I absolutely love the palette of tones available. The active and passive electronics really allow you to dial up the best of both worlds when it comes to tone- anything from jazz to that geddy lee tone. There are some quality issues with this bass. My main issue being that the frets are simply too high farther up the neck, there is also a slight warp to the neck on the G string side. Other than those issues I can say I am truly pleased with this bass. I think the only thing I will do to make it better is put a badass bridge on it for some added sustain. If you want a huge selection of tones then this is your bass.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awsome

                    By zoqScUo1d

                    from Bozeman, MT

                    Comments about Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass:

                    I have owned this bass for a little over a year now and I have nothing but good things to say about it. The p-style and j-style pickups were what sold me on it, but the versatility is what keeps me playing and enjoying it. the Reggie Hamilton bass has every thing you need for almost any gig you could put it thruogh.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Not your typical MIM Fender

                    By RobertUI

                    from Herndon, VA

                    Comments about Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass:

                    I have owned more basses than I care to remember. I bought the RHJB because it offered the P bass sound in a familiar Jazz bass package. I went for the value of the MIM model due to the fact that I gig a lot and don't care to take pricey stuff to bars and pool parties. I am STUNNED with the quality and fit and finish of this bass. A tune up was definitely called for, but the quality control on this bass is MUCH better than any other MIM I have owned. It is equally on par with the MIJ/CIJ basses I've owned and close to the quality of the MIA basses and guitars that I've owned. Well done Fender!

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great bass!

                    By sekim

                    from TX

                    Comments about Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass:

                    I wanted something for sessions that wouldn't break the bank and is versatile. The RH sig model fits the need nicely. *Very* nice sounds with passive and 3 band active modes. This bass has *the* tones IMO. About the only downside is the MIM neck is kinda iffy, but I got this one playing pretty good after a fret leveling and major truss, bridge and pickup level adjustments. Given the US electronics on the 'decent enough' MIM body and throw in a hipshot drop-D tuner and you get nice bang for the buck - as long as you're willing to do a little more than just a cursory setup to get it playing good. But it's worth the effort IMO since it definitely has *the* tones and plays fairly well with excellent intonation throughout the scale when properly set up.

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                    5.0

                    Good for pretty much any style of music!

                    By NGC224

                    from Taber, AB

                    Comments about Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass:

                    I bought this bass because i really wanted to have the best of both worlds when it came to bass sound. i wanted to have the deeper p-bass sound for more of a rock style sound. but i also wanted the "jazzier" sound of the j-bass for slapping and popping. this bass hit it right on the nose, the 3 band EQ is GREAT. i would much rather have the reggie hamilton than an american p or j bass, hands down. it is well worth the money.

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