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Precision and Jazz hybrid, exclusive.

We've teamed up with Fender to bring you another great-sounding, unique one-off bass loaded with premium features. The exclusive Deluxe PJ Bass has a Precision Bass body with the neck of a 70s Jazz Bass. It features the appointments you've come to love about most Fender instruments like an alder body, urethane finish, maple fingerboard and a Fender high mass bass bridge. Perhaps the most interesting feature aside from the mash-up of P Bass body and J Bass neck is the combination of Precision and Jazz Bass pickups. With this combo you get the best of both worlds. The growl of the passive J Bass bridge pickup blends perfectly with the passive P Bass split single coil neck pickup with the help of the volume and tone controls.

FEATURES
  • Precision Bass body with Maple 70' Jazz Bass neck
  • Sea Foam Pearl color
  • Alder body with urethane finish
  • Urethane body finish
  • Gloss urethane neck finish
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 20 Frets
  • Black block inlays
  • 34 Scale
  • Chrome hardware
  • 3Ply parchment pickguard
  • Fender high mass bass bridge
  • Standard open gear tuning machines
  • Passive Fender Precision split single­-coil w/ passive Jazz Bass pickup in the bridge position

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FenderSpecial Edition Deluxe PJ Bass
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

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4.0

An Attention-Grabbing Beauty

By Jeff

from Memphis, TN

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • So-So Tuners

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass:

I was captivated by this bass several years ago when Fender first introduced it. But I wouldn't buy it because it was active, and I prefer passive basses. A few years later - problem solved! They re-introduced it in a passive version.

I had been looking for a used one (generally a better value), but decided to snag one during the 4th of July sale. Thoughts:

I was a bit concerned because it ships without a case or gig bag. But no problem there. It was secure, and double-boxed. Upon opening, I was immediately struck by how attractive it looks. While I've always liked the Fender Seafoam Green, I always preferred the lighter Surf Green. But this Seafoam Pearl appears to be somewhere in the middle, with a metallic look to it. Very nice.

Pickups/Tone: I half expected to have to upgrade the pickups. I even looked around for either the Geezer Butlers or the Duncan SPB/J 1 set. But after playing it, I decided that the stock pickups sound just fine; and no upgrade is needed. Sounds great. I'm a flats guy, so I immediately threw on a set of GHS Precision Flats, and they sound killer.

Two minor complaints: I'm not impressed with the tuning machines that come stock, and will probably upgrade them at some point. They're not horrible, but there are a few hesitation points when fine-tuning on some of them. What I mean is that while tuning up to pitch, they're not always as responsive as they could be. Slight turns sometimes result in no change in pitch. Then all of a sudden it'll "jump up" too far, and have to be backed off and re-tuned to pitch. But again, not badly. Not as bad as it sounds when reading this. Just not as responsive as the tuners on the American Fenders. The only other minor gripe is the back of the neck. I prefer more of a satin finish on the back of the neck. YMMV, as some actually prefer this thicker, more poly-type finish.

Bottom line? I'm glad I bought it. Love the look and the tones available. Probably not going anywhere!

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5.0

Best Of The Bests

Comments about Deluxe PJ Bass:

I got the Sea Foam Pearl color and it is just magnificent. I did some minor setup myself -- action and intonation -- and now this bass plays so smooth and sounds so nice, classic Fender. I've received many compliments already playing it out. This ones a gem!

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5.0

Excellent Bass

By Jayden Sky

from Laramie, WY

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass:

    Purchased this bass for my 14 year old granddaughter. She takes bass lessons every week and needed a quality bass upgrade. There were no blemishes or scratches as advertised, just remove the plastic protection on the pick guard and pickups! Sounds great through a Bassman Amp and the GK Fusion
    Amp. This Bass will last for years and provide great performance for most skill levels.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Surprisingly High Quality, Beautiful Tone, Balance and Style

    By Danno

    from Massachusetts

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass:

      I am genuinely surprised at how high quality this instrument is for a Mexican made. The sound from the pickups really is noiseless and they blend together beautifully. This is my first PJ, and I though the J pickup would just add some growl and clarity, but it actually opens things up in a major way. The P Pickup is solid P sound through and through, nothing diminished. But rolling on the J Pickup and putting the tone up half way gives a gnarly growl to it, especially when played with a pick, almost like T-40, or even a rick tone. But cranking the J and the tone all the way up takes you into slap territory I didn't expect from a P. Thing is a thumpy beast and feels great.

      The fret ends are not boutique smooth filed, but by no means are they a hindrance or distraction as I have experienced on other Mexi-basses. The black binding and block inlays on the neck are so nice, and look even better with a black pickguard. The only stylistic thing I am wanting from this is a matching headstock, that would send this thing over the moon with style.

      The bridge is nearly identical to a Badazs II, and the weight of the bass is very balanced. Tuners are nothing special. One thing I noticed was that after pulling off the pickguard, the shielding paint is not painted around the entire cavity, just along the bottoms so something to be aware of if you're a tinkerer.

      The only downsides are that it doesn't come with a case for that price, and that the factory setup was bad. I bought a new Squire that came out near perfect out of the box, intonation, neck, and string height were all spot on. This bass needed adjustments all over, but after taking the time to make all the adjustments she played beautifully.

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      5.0

      Great buy!!

      By jdub

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass:

        Fantastic bass, no blems that I can find. Didn't even need a set up. It sounds great, is very fun to play and is GORGEOUS! This is my first mim Fender and I've always been hesitant to not buy American but this bass is beautiful and now I'm wondering why I waited so long.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great basss after a full set up

        By Thorgrim

        from Ocean new Jersey

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass:

        Absolutely beautiful bass .had to do a set up on it came detuned tuned to 440 and had buzz at zero fret on a string did neck adjustment took care of issue did a string change to my personal favorite DR STRINGS flatwound had to file in groves in the nut there were none retuned to 440 and did a action and intenation setup and it plays like one of my high end rickenbacker basses. Total time to get her all set up was less than a hour.this is the best of both worlds the neck is slim and fast the body is smaller than a standard j and has the 2 pickups and a blend knob you can get the tone you want. Sounds great out of my gallen kruger and my trace elliot.

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        4.0

        Right on. Score one for Musicians Friend!

        By Charlie

        from WNC

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass:

          I've only been playing for a few years, so I still consider myself a novice. Now that that's out of the way let's get to it.
          I was leery of buying a bass I couldn't put my hands on. However, sales and service was wonderful. Very courteous and responsive. I placed my order last Thursday or Friday and took delivery on the following Wed.
          I took a chance on this as an open box with "scratches" on the pickguard. Accordingly I got it at a very nice price. It was supposed to come with a soft case but that got forgotten. E-Z P-Z though. One call to customer service and a quick review of our correspondence, to verify that a gig bag was included and customer service said it will be shipped today!
          The scratched pickguard? The blemish was only on the plastic protective sheeting! This thing is gorgeous. Not a flaw or blem anywhere. The neck is buttery smooth and fast. Man is it fast. The Tonal colors possible are exactly what I've been after. And I already own a Fender P and a Fender J. I also have a Thunderbird. That gives me all the tones and the thin line neck but it's a real neck diver and takes time to dial in the right sounds I want.
          Why only four stars? I've only had it for a day and just through one 90 min. set. It still has that "new car smell". Ya know what I mean. I'll update in a couple of weeks.
          I play primarily rock, Nirvana, Weezer, Foo's, Green Day and Classic rock & some prog on the side.

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          5.0

          for sure

          By baron von R

          from venice florida

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass:

            I play at small venues two three times a week...I like the lighter weight and overall feel..the finish exceeded my expectations... Great quality

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This Bass ain't no Green P

            By BassMonster

            from New York

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass:

              I bought this bass because some of the great features, but was unsure how the Mexican build quality would be. I hate to sound like a snob, but I believe the USA made instruments are far better than the imported stuff for professional use. This bass is built beautifully, feels solid, and sounds, plays and looks awesome. What a piece. The Sea Foam Pearl finish is nicely done and very cool different.This bass can give you almost any tone you are looking for depending on where you position your right hand, and it has sustain for days. No real hum under stage lights to speak of and it stays in tune with great intonation with nice low action. I may get called upon often.What a bargin

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Bass Right Out Of The Box!

              By Rockin' Bob

              from Texas

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass:

                This bass arrived in tune, intonation set correctly, and the action was very good. I changed the strings and I'm in love again. The finish has a small blemish and I thought about sending it back, but I like the way it feels and plays so much that I changed my mind. The blemish is not an issue any more. Best bass I own.

                I think it should come with a case, but that's just me.

                Overall - 5 stars :)

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