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A true legend in its smoothest form.
The fretless Fender Standard Jazz Bass guitar delivers the sounds, looks, and feel today's bass players demand. Featuring a fretless maple neck with 20 inlaid white fretline markers, 2 redesigned Standard Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, and vintage-style knobs, this classic bass lives up to its Fender legacy.
The Fretless Standard Jazz Bass offers that distinctive Fender sound. Put it in the cart now.
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I have had mine for two years. I like this bass almost as much as my '72 Precision. I was shopping for for a Highway 1 Jazz but had to buy this one after I played it.
Typical Fender which is good. Not flashy but a solid foundation. Love the inlays that indicate the fret location.
Everything about this bass is very well done except the pickups. I bought it knowing I would replace them, which I did with DiMarzio Ultra Jazz pickups. Took this bass from good to great.
After playing a used Squier PBass for years I wanted to move up to a better guitar but keep the Fender feel. After playing a friend's I decided to go with the standard fretless. I bought mine from Musician's Friend in 2006 for $484.99. So with any well taken care of Fender they are an investment which can increase in value. Its been a great buy and extremely versatile. I like it for its clear old school sound, straight out of the 60s and 70s or you can adjust your tone for a more "stand up" quality. If you like jazz, blues, and classic rock this is your bass.Over the years the neck and bridge have needed some adjusting. The model itself is a solid instrument and well worth putting money into if you want to upgrade your bridge, pickups, etc. to gain a custom sound without paying a high dollar price.
I've had this bass for two days and I just can't stop playing it. The finish is flawless as is the wiring. I thought I'd have to change the pickups, but they sound great with no hum at all. I only have two complaints about the bass. Number one, the machine heads. Cheap. On two of the keys the shafts rattled whenever the bass was played. I remedied that by installing some real Fender Schaller keys. Nice and tight, no rattle. The only other complaint is one of preference. I've never cared for the bent steel Fender bridge. I replaced it with a Gotoh High Mass bridge. Much better in my opinion. There was nothing wrong with the other bridge, I just prefer Leo Quan or Gotoh on my basses. I'm not a big fan of the price, but in today's economy everything is going up. All in all this bass does it all. And it's so comfortable to play. This was my first fretless and the inlayed fret lines are a big help. I've played for about 35 years and I've always wanted to try a fretless bass. I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner. Overall, Fender has done a great job on making a quality fretless bass for the average player who may not have a couple of thousand dollars to spend. Kudos to Fender.
This is a great sounding instrument and the quality of the construction is good as well. I gave it 4.5 for features because it lacks many of the features of the American bass but they're features you're not likely to miss, especially at this price point. It sounds great with all kinds of setups even with my small Beringher practice amp. It's a versatile instrument as well, providing a wide range of tones ranging from trebly bite to a warm, full, woody upright bass like tone when the strings are plucked over the neck. This bass is for the musician who is looking for not only that simple, classic bass tone as well as that familiar Jass bass growl, but also that vocal, horn like "mwah" sound which the fretless J bass is the king of. As great as it is, this bass wouldn't serve the musician who is looking for a more modern sounding bass tone very well. However, it's a great tool to expand the musical horizons of any serious bassist without breaking the bank.
This is a great option for bass players to get into the world of fretless. The quality, look, and tone is pure Fender. Yes, it is made in Mexico. Yes, it is a poly finish. If you can't live with either of those things, cough up some extra money and by an American made one. Otherwise, this might be your bass. Here are the high points:1) I got it and immediately checked out the wiring, which was first class.2) The fretboard was PERFECT. The rosewood was smooth, and high quality.3) I expected to replace the pickups, but the tone was so rich, I didn't bother. The tonal range was a huge surprise.The coolest thing about Fender's fretless basses is that they put the fretlines on the fretboard, which makes playing fretless SO MUCH EASIER. I've had mine for over two years now, and it has taken my bass playing to levels 10 years of prior experience never could. This is now my go to bass for practice and for playing.If you want to explore the world of fretless bass, I can't think of a better way to start.
Wow, need I say more? I played this in the local music store yesterday and this is the best feeling bass I have ever played. Compared to other basses I've played, my fingers just gracefully glide across the fretboard on this. It also has such a great smooth sound. And that is important for a bass. And it looks fantastic in black!
I OWN THIS!! This is one smooth bass. Just started playing 6 months ago (guitarist by trade) and is amazingly responsive. And it wasnt all that hard to get use to being a fretless. By it.