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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
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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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5.0

Overall a fine instrument!

By F Clef

from Winchester, VA

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.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Review

By Josh The Bassist

from Greensboro, NC

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.

(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.

 
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.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good AND Upgradable

By secretface

from Cleveland, OH

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 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Seems like a good beginner bass

By dukxT7Tee

from Undisclosed

I am an upright bassist, but I am considering purchasing an electric. My friend owns this bass, and I play occasionally when we jam. For a fretless pay, this bass seems great for beginners, because it has pretty good features a great sound. Its got a beautiful look, and because its a Mexican make its not as expensive as other fender basses; and its just as good.

(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.

(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)

 
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...

 
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.

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