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Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass  Natural Ash Rosewood Fretboard

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The Jazz Bass has been seen frequenting all the places where music has been played over the last 50 years. Classic body shape, rosewood slab fretboar...Read More

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Special run J with an ash body, natural finish.

The Jazz Bass has been seen frequenting all the places where music has been played over the last 50 years. Classic body shape, rosewood slab fretboard, standard J Bass pickups and controls, 3-ply pickguard, and chrome-plated hardware. This special run version J features an ash body and a natural finish.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Classic J Bass styling
  • Ash body
  • Natural finish
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Two single-coil pickups
  • Volume/volume/tone controls
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Case sold separately

What could make a J Bass more appealing than it already is? A natural finish ash body, that's what. Order your FSR Standard J Bass today.

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FenderSpecial Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass
 
4.8

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

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Awesome Bass!!

Great feel and sound out of this quality bass without the price tag of the American Standard. Electronics are solid but it seems like linear taper pots would be better suited for volume knobs....Read complete review

Great feel and sound out of this quality bass without the price tag of the American Standard. Electronics are solid but it seems like linear taper pots would be better suited for volume knobs. Overall quality is very good and it sounds great with flats. Fit and finish is very nice. Highly recommend this bass.

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Could've been better

This could have been better with more attention to detail during assembly. Electronics sound cheap (volume control adjustment is very touchy and poor shielding). Like most reviewers said it would make a good...Read complete review

This could have been better with more attention to detail during assembly. Electronics sound cheap (volume control adjustment is very touchy and poor shielding). Like most reviewers said it would make a good platform for a great bass. That said, you have to upgrade quite a few things to get what you want. I have played some Squires that are the same quality at half the price.

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5.0

GREAT BASS FOR A GREAT PRICE!

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from Van Buren, AR

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass:

Received the Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass and I'm just blown away. I've read the other reviews that said it was ready to play right out of the box, and man, it was. The bass was practically in tune! The finish is beautiful and the ash body is absolutely gorgeous. Plugged it into my Fender Bassman and there was that Jazz Bass growl that everyone loves. There are a couple of things that I'd change, if I ran Fender. I'd do away with the satin finish neck. It just looks cheap attached to such a gorgeous body. Maybe tint the neck to match it more to the body finish? But that's a minor thing. I will upgrade it in the future with a Fender High Mass Bridge and possibly Schaller Keys. The jury is still out on how well they hold tuning.
Overall, I'm really "jazzed" on just how good this bass is for the price. And there's just something about an ash body that adds to the overall tone of the bass. This one is definitely a keeper. Buy one! You won't be sorry!

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4.0

Bought a decent bass, tuned it up, it's a keeper.

By 

from SE Pennsylvania

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass:

    Bought this bass just before xmas 2014 in anticipation of using it for several gigs. I play in a small jazz/funk/blues/rock group, and in a 16 piece big band. This was bought more for the big band, as my 5-string Jazz was to slow for some of what we play.

    Good things-
    Mine had a very nice neck, which needed minimal adjustment. Overall, this thing has the Fender Jazz sound. Pretty even volume across the strings. Also, it's very nice looking, and I get lots of comments about it.

    "Bad" things-
    The stock nut came through looking like someone pressed down hard on the A string, mushing the slot down slightly. Haven't fixed it yet, but I do have more fret buzz potential on the A string in the head end of the neck. Not bad, just not perfect.
    The stock strings were removed and replaced with D'A Chromes (flats). The stock strings were pretty mediocre, as anticipated.
    There is limited range of tone adjustment, similar to my MIM 5 string Jazz. Volume is touchy but able to be controlled.
    Stock J-bass bridge- nuff said.

    Overall-
    I love the bass. It's a player out of the box, and with about an hour into adjustment and intonation, it's great. For what I want, it's exactly right. I'm VERY happy with it (if you can't tell). I will be replacing the nut and resetting things to be perfect, but it's good enough that I'm not in a hurry (until I get a backup...). I will be replacing the bridge at some point, and either adding a pre-amp or doing pickups in the future.

    My only hesitations in recommending this to anyone are these:
    I've seen a few reviews that make it sound like some basses are not as good out of the box, but I think that's common in the sub-one-grand range...
    It has (in my mind) limited tonal variability. If you want Fender Jazz sound, this is it, but I don't think you're going to get much beyond that for sound options (unlike my Squire VM 5-string).

    I'm glad I bought it, and if my wife would let me buy another one, I'd already own it... I wish they made a Fretless version!!!

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    4.0

    I like it..

    By 

    from Midwest..

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass:

      I am a former recording and touring artist with 33+ years on the bass. I have owned many basses over the years and this unit is not bad for the money. I traded for the one I got and she was a closet queen since 2011. Very good playability which is expected from a Fender Jazz. Stock electronics sound just fine, although could use a little better modulation, as previous critics have described. I don't have the noisy pick ups I have been reading about, quite the contrary..No 60 cycle hum when using just one pick up..And they are not higher grade Fender noiseless models..I did notice when I took the pick guard and control plate off there was an added wire between the two pick ups that were wired to an individual metal plate under each pick up...Hmmm...is this a form of the cheap mans noiseless? Creating a shared field between the two pick ups removes the 60 cycle hum?? I will have to research that. I did choose to change all he hardware..tuning keys, bridge, pick guard and control plate to black in color..the "blackout look"..looks even cooler than it did before..(not a fan of tortoise shell pick guards). All the original harware was very functional, just didnt care for the look of chrome on ash..black looks so much sweeter. I play finger grooves, pick and slap styles and all sound great with this bass. Love the jazzy Jaco tone with just the bridge PU on..nice. Both PU's blazing with a slap style, and front pick up with a pick for a nice almost P sound (70's arena rock)!

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Could've been better

      By 

      from Vallejo, CA

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      Pros

      • Good Neck And Body
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful Pickup

      Cons

      • Needs Better Shielding
      • Noisy Pickups
      • Poor Bridge Alignment
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
      • Uneven Volume Controls
      • Very Noisy Tone Control

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Project Bass
      • Usable As A Project Bass

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass:

      This could have been better with more attention to detail during assembly. Electronics sound cheap (volume control adjustment is very touchy and poor shielding). Like most reviewers said it would make a good platform for a great bass. That said, you have to upgrade quite a few things to get what you want. I have played some Squires that are the same quality at half the price.

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      4.0

      pretty good but some minor issues

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      from Long Island, NY

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Needs Better Shielding
      • Non-linear Volume Pots

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass:

      Good intermediate level bass. Great body and neck. Very pretty and lightweight with nice ash thump. BUT - the volume pots have no volume until halfway on and then are close to full volume so hard to do fine adjustment. Also, could use better electronic shielding to reduce hum. (Not horrible but could be better.) Makes a good project bass - use this as a start to personalize with your own pickups, electronics, etc.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fender FSR Standard Jazz Bass

      By 

      from Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas area

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass:

        The neck feels a lot like a Fender American Special Jazz I had. What is exceptional is the amount of sustain this bass exibits with the Stock bridge. I feel this is due to the Ash body vs. the Alder on the American Special. Another thing is it's light weight about 7.9 lbs. Fit and finish excellent. The pickups sounded mediocre until I adjusted them to Fender Spec's and they blossomed with tone. I usually like Alnico II Vintage pickups but these (ceramic magnet)do such a good job I am keeping them. If you are having a dull sound set them to spec. The Intonation was spot on (as read by my Peterson VS-1 Strobe tuner). The saddle height perfect and after taking some bow out of the neck action perfect.
        My one complaint was the pickup screws were installed at different angles making adjustment nearly impossible. I lifted the pickups out of the way, took wooden match sticks and wood glued them in the origional holes then set the pickups back in proper position and used a small drill bit to drill new straight holes. Problem solved. This bass would have definately rated 5 stars had the installer taken the small amount of care to install the screws properly. This is an excellent bass at a very decent price. Absolutely love it!

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        5.0

        Awesome Bass!!

        By 

        from San Diego, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • well built

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass:

            Great feel and sound out of this quality bass without the price tag of the American Standard. Electronics are solid but it seems like linear taper pots would be better suited for volume knobs. Overall quality is very good and it sounds great with flats. Fit and finish is very nice. Highly recommend this bass.

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            (3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            If I had only known.

            By 

            from Shirley, Arkansas

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass:

            If I had known that the American Fender Jazz version was going to be placed on sale I would have purchased it. I feel used. I purchased the Mexican made Fender Jazz for a little less than what this one is priced at.
            I do believe that the pick-ups are bottom line.
            On mine I turn the main volume control almost 1/8 of the turn radius before I begin to receive sound. Then within the next 1/8th turn my volume begins a goes to mid level. I have purchased the extended warranty and should call them. I simply hate to be without a bass for return replacement or repair.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            all i can say is WOW!

            By 

            from Nashua, NH

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Pretty Bad Bridge

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass:

            my favorite type of bass to play is an Fender jazz bass, so during my search for one i discovered this beauty! i was heasitant about this bass because of the cheap price tag, but went with it anyway. for me this is BY FAR the best bass i have played in this price range, the neck is so smooth and the playability is excellent. the fret work is very very good! no sharp edges, the stock pickups are great! you can change them out, however the stock pickups will leave you pleasantly surprised! the red tortoise shell pickguard gives this bass a retro look, the bridge is pretty bad however this is and easy fix. if you can, pick this bass up and play it and see if you like it as much as me. i LOVE it! let me reiterate, all i can say it WOW!

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            (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            FSR Standard J

            By 

            from Florida

            Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Jazz Bass:

            I bought this to replace my old beater bass to play at those gigs where you don't want to take a chance of something happening to a more expensive bass. I know that sometimes what you get is the luck of the draw when you order things online. This bass sounds good and is a pleasure to play.
            This Instrument has all the standard features of any Fender Jazz Bass. Separate bridge and neck pickup volume controls with a master tone control.
            For the money this is a well made bass. The ash body is a pleasure to look at and helps adds a bright clear tone. I found the neck to be well constructed with no fret buzz. The tone from the pickups is as good as any and better than most in this price range. Punchy bottom and bright highs without getting brittle sounding. I won't be rushing to change them out any time soon. Changed out the bridge for a high mass bridge and flat wound strings just as a matter of personal taste.
            While there are lesser expensive guitars on the market I believe this is a lot of bass for the money. I tried a Squire and some other brands at the music store. I think over all this is a better deal and worth what I paid for it.

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