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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.

FEATURES
  • Classic offset body shape
  • Alder body
  • Modern C shape maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Standard J Bass pickups
  • Chromeplated hardware
  • 3-ply pickguard
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4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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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.

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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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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Truss Rod

By BassMan -fK1Su

from Albany Ga.

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass for the Money

By jpjones1711

from Fairfield, MT

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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

natural chorus

By Jacoalive

from Florida

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.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Value!

By JoeyKeys

from Buffalo, Ny

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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.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Review

By Josh The Bassist

from Greensboro, NC

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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.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SLOW SHIPPING

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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.

 
5.0

Best of the Best

By Ned R. Fender

from Brentwood, CA

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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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Standard Fretless Jazz Bass

By BassPerson20

from NJ

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.

 
4.0

Its all in the hands

By Graff302420

from Marshall, VA

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.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

my best

By then who is

from Texas

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...

 
5.0

Surprisingly Good Quality

By BoogieMan-uytBZ

from Port Charlotte, FL

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I've played Fenders of all kinds and origin for nearly thirty-seven years, and am well-versed with the USA and MIJ mindset. True, my early experiences with the MIM Standard J-Basses were disappointing; weak pups, finish flaws, hardware issues, etc. This new "upgrade" line, however, is a different story. I have a 2004 MIM fretted and a 2006 fretless, and the latter is far better made. The pickups have decent output, the finish is flawless (finished nicely in the cavity too), and the neck is beautiful. I did replace the OK standard bridge with a Gotoh (larger saddles require a straight neck, easily tweaked) which gave more sustain, and the tuning keys yielded the the Fender Vintage Reverse variety. Fret lines make the transition easy, but remember that to play consistently in tune the instrument needs to be PERFECTLY intonated to begin with, and regular neck checks are vital. This is important if you change string gauge; the stock flats are fine here. It is a great rock instrument, especially for oldies and classic rock and the equal of any USA or MIJ Fender instrument I've ever owned.

 
5.0

My First Bass...

By theavondon

from Arlington, TX

Its kinda odd to get a fretless as your first bass, but I adore this bass guitar. I've had it for 4 years now, and the only problem I've had is the bridge pickup pot will continue to rotate past the point of max. volume. Otherwise, a fantastic deal on a fantastic bass.

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

By shadowsfall man

from lakota ND

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I was at the local guitar shop and saw this bueaty hanging on the wall. Im not really a Fender guy but when i saw it was fretless i had to pick it up. i fell in love with it. Too bad for me im low on cash and cant get it right now but when i can afford it i am soooooo going to get it. i played it through a small 15 watt amp (i think it was a peavey amp) but it sounded amazing. the neck was so smooth and it fit my hand perfectly. i felt one with this baby!!!

 
5.0

Just Do It

By EPIEXPLORERMAN

from IL

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I was moving away from renting a few years ago, and had about 600 bucks. I know, it limits my choices a lot. I was looking at some Fender Standards, but they were just hard to play without getting bad fret noise, I like fret noise, but they were so tinny. I picked up a Fretless Standard, didn't even realize it was fretless (yeah I know right) and I loved how easy it was. The twange up high has been fixed, the lines help especially when I am learning something new, and it's SO easy. Finding compatible parts is a breeze with Fender.The pickups are weak, and they don't give you any love when you smack out on the E, but I'm putting in some 1/4 pounders, for about $100, and hopefully this will help sound and the electronic buzz you hear about on standard jazzes.Also, the range of sound is great. If you want a less mellow sound try some D'addario Half round wounds. They don't hurt the finger board beyond what some conditioner can help, and they make it more versitile.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good AND Upgradable

By secretface

from Cleveland, OH

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This is a great bass for making the transition to fretless since its lined. The alder body is a great tone-wood for bass. It's got the basics that the great basses are known for. Now the nitty gritty....This thing is totally tweakable! When you buy a Fender you have access to upgrades you cant get for these other bass companies. Buy some parts for this thing here and there when you can afford it. Pickups, bridge, tuners, maybe even a neck down the line when you can afford it. A novice can make these upgrades because all the parts line up screw-hole wise and such. If your broke like me and cant put a 1000+ dollar bass on a credit card this is the way you have to do it. And all the while your doing this, you have a bass to play instead of some good pieces sitting in a pile waiting till you have it all to put it togather. Fender instruments OWN the upgrade market and you'll at the end of all of this have a killer bass that costs a little less then a brand new "high end" bass.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

my next bass

By unome

from ILL

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this bass is great. of course it is a fender so it is gonna be good. but it is very easy to play. the neck isnt that smooth though. the fret markers help you extremely. a must buy. didnt try a squire or however you spell it. but it is defently my next bass

 
2.0

Squier Quality at MiM Price

By abda

from Portland OR

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.

 
5.0

Great Value and Quality

By FusionThang

from Atlanta, GA

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I'm a jazz guitarist with a home studio and sometimes when recording demos for the rest of the band, I play bass just to flesh out the song. I've always loved the sound of fretless bass, but thought that since it wasn't my main instrument, I would have a hard time learning to play one. I finally decided to bite the bullet and, after comparing features and price, chose the Fender Standard Fretless. I was not disappointed!I was a little worried at first about buying an instrument on-line without playing it. I shouldn't have been. Right out of the box it was set up pretty well. I've never bought a guitar (or bass) that I didn't have to set up anyway. A quick adjust of the neck and the Fender was like silk. Great action, great tone, and to my surprise, quite easy to play! I'm usually playing my Heritage archtop or Strat, but I've sat around all day enjoying this fine instrument! What a great value.The reasons for my scores are as follows: Features:...well, it really doesn't have anything that another bass doesn't have...this isn't a bad thing, it just is what it is. It's STANDARD after all! Quality: I was quite surprised that the bass was built well, and the pickups are pretty darn quiet...good job!Value: you can't beat it for the price (or maybe even out of). Overall: one of the better purchases I've made. Not being a bass player may have a weird slant on this review, but I am very impressed with this bass. It feels good and sounds great and that's all there is to it. By the way...kudos to Musicians Friend for making the comparing, shopping, and ordering so easy. Thanks!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

holy moly

By Jazzplaya91

from Houston, TX

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i love this bass, i love it soooooooooo much! it sounds great, the neck is like butter, and everyone is envious b/c it's fretless. pretty much all i use is a fretless... only because of this fender. i love it, and for the price!! don't even get me started!!! better than most of the Warwick fretless basses i've played before. NOTE: i hate warwick and i wish they would stop making basses.

 
5.0

MIM or Amer. I see no diffrence except $$$$

By Mongreljack

from tinley park, IL

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I have owned an American standard Jazz bass circa 1970. No doubt it was a great instrument, but I switched to a Gibson EB3 that I played for about 10 years.A year ago I purchased a MIJ Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass, only because of it's killer looks.I could not get over the quality.I just recieved my MIM fretless. Same thing great instrument.I see absolutely no diffrence in the quality between American, MIM or MIJ.By the way I chose the chrome red. Killer looks!

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