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Fender Standard Fretless Jazz Bass
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The Fender Fretless Jazz Bass has the classic offset, contoured alder b+ody with standard pickups and controls for definitive J Bass sound. The maple...Click To Read More About This Product
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A fretless version of the all-time classic Fender Jazz bass.
The Fender Fretless Jazz Bass has the classic offset, contoured alder b+ody with standard pickups and controls for definitive J Bass sound. The maple neck has a modern C profile with comfortable satin finish and rosewood fretboard. Chromeplated hardware. Includes Fender gig bag.
- Classic offset body shape
- Alder body
- Modern C shape maple neck
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Standard J Bass pickups
- Chromeplated hardware
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Overall a fine instrument!
Prior to buying Fender, I had played a 30" scale Gibson EB-3 for over 30 years. Short neck, kind of like playing a guitar, sweet but shallow. Always wanted...Read complete review
Prior to buying Fender, I had played a 30" scale Gibson EB-3 for over 30 years. Short neck, kind of like playing a guitar, sweet but shallow. Always wanted the 34" Fender scale for deeper, thumpier bottom and this bass delivers. I also was up for the challenge of the fretless, felt it provided more creative opportunities and would prepare me better for transitioning to upright bass. Fell in love with the Fender fretless Standard Jazz Bass at the music store, I was impressed with how solidly well made it was despite the MIM origin. It is a fine quality instrument! Gigging it's been wonderful, lots of room for creativity without the frets, but the fretlines are a safety net. Nail 'em and your intonation is right on. Out of the box there was a small buzz on the E string and this was quickly fixed by a Fender authorized warranty repair shop for free. Otherwise it was well set up. Sure enough there is the slightly dead G string response around the 6th-7th frets (C#-D) which is a traditional quirk of this instrument and you just have to live with it. Suggested improvements: place the side position markers ON the actual fret lines, since that's where you're fretting, not in between like a fretted instrument. Also the fingerboard edges are a little sharp and would benefit from the "rolled" treatment the MIA Fender instruments get. I'm not convinced upgrading the bridge will make much difference--there's a lot of gushing copy over vintage Jazz basses which have the same stamped bridge as does this bass. The weight balance is good, it's not neck-heavy and you don't need lighter tuners. I suppose some day I may upgrade to punchier noiseless pickups; but I do not play in a studio. Overall, this instrument is an astonishingly good value for the dedicated player.
Most Liked Negative Review
Squier Quality at MiM Price
I am very disappointed upon receiving my Fender Standard Fretless. Not only does it have a ground problem, but the strings do not line up with the pickup posts. To make matters even...Read complete review
I am very disappointed upon receiving my Fender Standard Fretless. Not only does it have a ground problem, but the strings do not line up with the pickup posts. To make matters even worse, the action in the upper registers is atrocious. Although this latter issue is easy to remedy, I am planning to return this bass in order to avoid further disappointment and frustration.
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This is a great sounding bass I love that upright sound. It has a motown sound too. But the truss rod is a weak link. That large bow in the neck is a truss rod that will finish breaking if you try to adjust it. If it is under a warranty take it to the dealer to be adjusted. The strings that come on this bass are high tension, that make good tone.
As i said in my title this is a great bass for the money. i have had for two months now and it is working and sounding great. The action came a little on the high side so i just got it set up and lowered it quite a bit and it play amazingly smooth. if you are even half way thinking about buying this bass bass, DO IT, you won't be sorry.
I've played on a MIM standard jazz for years, I have always wanted a fretless though. I finaly purchased in hopes of acheaving a more Jaco-esque tone. it is black and I put a black pickguard on it, and named it Darth Vader. It has a dark sound to it, and if you pluck (and play more legato)on the neck when you play (like on the 18th fret) you can obtain a very nice chorus like Jaco.
Wow... This is nice. I just got it in the mail. I always loved the feel of a fretless bass. It's so smooth. And the sound is nice on this bass especially for the price. However, my pickguard was all scratched up when I got it. So, now I have to replace it. I guess it wasn't really "brand new" quality but still excellent. The tone on it is nice because of the two single coil pickups. I'm going to put Rotosound flatwounds on it for a better sound/feel. Drawbacks for the bass are adjusting the truss rod. Does this bass have a truss rod or is it a set neck? Also, the sustain is ok which can hurt the intonation, so I'm replacing the bridge with a Leo Quann Bad Ass Bridge. This bass is definetly a great value if you want to get fretless bass, and especially if you like Fender basses. It's not worth the money to buy an American fretless bass unless you really like fretless basses.
Look, this is an old-school style jazz bass with the frets ripped out. If you like the jazz bass feel, clean fretless tone, and a little, "mmwah" in your slide, this is definitely the bass for you! You'll get good recordings, good live sound, and you'll impress everyone in the room with your slides.
I really enjoy the fender standard jazz fretless bass and it is actually better than some of the high end fenders I have played. I can achieve that great fretless tone that Jaco Pastorius had through my ashdown mag 300 combo. The only really disappointing thing was the shipping. It took 2 weeks to receive it and I was about to call off the order. However, this took place when the this site's plant moved and may not be applicable to all buyers. Great bass though. to be expected from a fender.
I have a standard jazz bass, '72 model, I believe, I've wanted a fretless and have tried a Conklin, a Yamaha, and a Peavey. The Conklin matched this bass in every aspect but price, the Yamaha played tolerably well, but it felt too bulky, the action was horrible. The Peavey might as well not have had strings on it, it would have sounded better. I played this bass at a friend's and I was amazed. I've never been into Fenders but this bass was amazing, it sounded solid and rich, and the action on the neck was perfect. I tried playing some jazz licks on it and they sounded as if they had been made for this bass. I tried playing metal and with the gain on the amp up it tore through the song. Big time. It was strange hearing Battery on a fretless but in a good way, most definitely. Plus it looks amazing in Midnight Wine with a new black pickguard.
Many people underestimate the Fender MIM basses only because of the fact that they are Mexican. However, these basses can sound great and play just as well as more high-end Fender Basses.(I compared mine to the Custom Shop Jaco Pastorius Bass and I found that my MIM Played better!)I did not like the stock pick-ups and the bridge, so I replaced the Pick-ups with Seymour Duncan Basslines, And The bridge to a BADASS II. The hardware is cheaper than the MIA basses though, but you can change that easily.
I bought this bass about 3 weeks ago and I've been trying to gig with it ever since. I've never owned a fretless before, but I've fallen in love. When it came in I immediatley got rid of those stupid elixer strings. They sound and repsond horribly, at least in my opinion. Then I went out and got some Poly and coated the neck up 4 or 5 times, threw some rotosounds on and MAAANNN, it was like the heavens opened up and white doves descended. I'm not too thrilled about the 20 fret scale. I also play a Spector 4-string which has 24 frets and a lot of my band's songs were written on such a scale. So I'm having to make due... but the tone is great. Pick-ups are pretty noisey though. Just don't stand right next to or facing your rig.Great bass, great price... this MIM doesn't dissapoint.
This on bass is my favorite... I love the action on it..the neck is the best part of it, I love the silky smoothness it has..I would defenatly buy me another in a different color, but I recomend this bass to anybody thinking about buying a bass..GO FOR IT, DO IT...