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The modern incarnation of the classic Jazz Bass.

The Fender Standard Jazz Bass guitar delivers the sound, look, and feel today's bass players demand. This Fender Standard J Bass features that classic Jazz Bass old-school design together with contemporary features and refinements that make it an excellent value and a great choice for today's bassist. Featuring an alder body, 2 redesigned Standard Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, and updated vintage-style knobs, this classic bass lives up to its Fender legacy.

FEATURES
  • Series: Standard series
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple, modern C shape, tinted satin urethane finish
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9-1/2" Radius (241 mm)
  • Frets: 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • Pickups: 2 Standard Jazz bass single-coil pickups
  • Controls: Volume 1 (Neck), Volume 2 (Bridge), Master Tone
  • Bridge: Standard vintage style with single groove saddles
  • Machine heads: Standard
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
  • Scale length: 34" (864 mm)
  • Width at nut: 1-1/2" (38 mm)
  • Unique Features: Redesigned pickups, vintage-style Jazz Bass control knobs,
  • Fender transition logo
  • Strings: Fender Super Bass 7250ML, NPS

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FenderStandard Jazz Bass
 
4.7

(based on 42 reviews)

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The bass i've always wanted -Fender Standard Jazz Bass

Ive been playing an Ibanez and various off-brand p-basses throughout the years and long before I even played I always had my heart set on a Fender Jazz. The feel, sound, and look...Read complete review

Ive been playing an Ibanez and various off-brand p-basses throughout the years and long before I even played I always had my heart set on a Fender Jazz. The feel, sound, and look always caught my eye (and ears) and I could never take my mind off one after bumping into to one at a music store and playing it. I finaly saved up and chose the Mexican Fender Jazz over the American or Japanese. I played various models of all of them and found that this one was the best for me and in some respects, in my opinion, was superior to the American basses. Played excellent right out of the box but I would still recommend taking it to an expert to have it set up properly. Alot of people say this bass needs an upgrade...BS! Compared to the "higher end" Fenders the sound is very hard to tell apart and personaly I like it better cause it has slightly more brightness to it. I have the lake placid blue and maple fretboard and the picture they show doesn't do it any justice. The blue is much lighter and has a slight sparkle to it. I was in shock from the beauty of this instrument when I first pulled it from the box. The only regret I have is that this wasn't my first bass cause it would have been the only one I ever needed.
One of the most simple designs for a bass and doesn't have all sorts of bells and whistles, but is still one of the most versatile out there.
Even more expensive basses can't compare.
Can't beat the price I got it for.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Somewhat average

I had a 1999 MIM Standard Jazz Bass, which was my first bass. It was comfortable to play and had solid hardware and a good finish. As I became more experienced and my...Read complete review

I had a 1999 MIM Standard Jazz Bass, which was my first bass. It was comfortable to play and had solid hardware and a good finish. As I became more experienced and my ear developed, I started to have two problems with it. The first was that the pickups weren't much better than any of the much cheaper Squiers that I tried in music stores. They sounded thin and lacked punch. I tried wiring in a series/parallel switch. This certainly helped on the E and A strings, but not on the D and G which leads me to my next problem:When I stuck my ear close to the back of the body and played the D and G, the thin sound was apparent. Not so with other basses. Obviously, swapping pickups wouldn't do any good as the problem lied with how the wood vibrated.Because I was unable to get notes on the D and G to cut through at all in recordings, I sold the Jazz and bought an Ibanez SR500. It has none of the above problems, and has great pickups and build quality to boot. I'm not saying that every MIM J-Bass have the problems mine did, but all the Ibanez basses I tried were consistent, even the ones way below this price point. Unless you really want the Fender name, I recommend you give one of those a try as you will most likely get a better bass for the money.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The bass i've always wanted -Fender Standard Jazz Bass

By Scott

from Canton, Ohio

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Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

Ive been playing an Ibanez and various off-brand p-basses throughout the years and long before I even played I always had my heart set on a Fender Jazz. The feel, sound, and look always caught my eye (and ears) and I could never take my mind off one after bumping into to one at a music store and playing it. I finaly saved up and chose the Mexican Fender Jazz over the American or Japanese. I played various models of all of them and found that this one was the best for me and in some respects, in my opinion, was superior to the American basses. Played excellent right out of the box but I would still recommend taking it to an expert to have it set up properly. Alot of people say this bass needs an upgrade...BS! Compared to the "higher end" Fenders the sound is very hard to tell apart and personaly I like it better cause it has slightly more brightness to it. I have the lake placid blue and maple fretboard and the picture they show doesn't do it any justice. The blue is much lighter and has a slight sparkle to it. I was in shock from the beauty of this instrument when I first pulled it from the box. The only regret I have is that this wasn't my first bass cause it would have been the only one I ever needed.
One of the most simple designs for a bass and doesn't have all sorts of bells and whistles, but is still one of the most versatile out there.
Even more expensive basses can't compare.
Can't beat the price I got it for.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Bass

By ozxdMPyv1

from california

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Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

i've had this bass for about 3 months now and im impressed what i got for the price. only problem i had was that it was badly setup when it was shipped to me (intonation was very off). i would HIGHLY recommend taking it to a lutherie (even he was impressed by the quality of the bass for it being a MIM). i got the lake placid maple and its beautiful. very satisfied

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding quality for the price.

By Debcakes64-4hp3j

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

The bass guitar is not my primary instrument, so I didn't want to spend a lot of money to own one. However, I look for excellent quality when buying instruments and didn't want to settle for an entry-level model with inferior components, either. This is where Fender's MIM basses and guitars shine in terms of price vs. quality.

I've owned this model bass for about a month and I couldn't be happier with the playability, fit and finish of my metallic copper model. It was set up perfectly and sounds great. In my honest opinion, this bass measures up easily to models costing twice as much.

If you can spare the extra cash, definitely buy this model (even if you end up buying a used one) instead of a Squier - you won't regret it. The fretboard and satin finish of the neck make this Fender MIM well worth the price difference. The ONLY reason I am rating the value as a 9 instead of a 10 is because they stopped including the standard gig bag.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Good "Out Of The Box" Bass, A *GREAT* "Modified" Bass!

By Ian M. Perge

from Evansville, IN

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I was lucky enough to score a "Barely Used" Standard Jazz Bass for a steal of a price, put upgrades into it (Name-brand pickups and Bridge) and then sell it for a tidy profit that I was able to put to one of my "Dream Basses" - one of the qualities you get when purchasing something with the "Fender" name on it as opposed to another brand is in a much higher possible resale value when compared to other brands on the market. Whether you're buying as an upgrade from your first "Beginner Bass", a Bass to modify and make your own at a very reasonable cost, or reselling it to fund an even "higher" bass after a few years with this, the MIM Fender Standard Jazz is one of the best basses in its price range and a quality instrument no matter what you plan to do with it!
Solid, workable hardware, pickups/electronics, and build quality for a "low-midrange" out-of-the-box passive Jazz Bass. The Fender Standard is a great line for modification, however: I upgraded the bridge to a much Higher Mass Gotoh 201 which is a "drop-in" replacement for the standard "Old-School" Fender Bass bridge for an increase in the "punchiness" Jazz Basses are known for, the pickups with a set of Seymour Duncan Bassline SJB-2 "hot" J-Bass Pickups which I found gave both better clarity & punchiness as well as increased output... without the "overwhelming output" & "muddiness" I found in the more talked-about SJB-3 "Quarter Pounder" pickups which were in a bass I'd owned in the past, but *with* an increase in the Midrange and overll output compared to the SJB-1 "Vintage" models. On the visual level I replaced the plain White Pickguard with a White Pearloid, which looked very nice against the dark "Wine Red" & Rosewood fretboard. I sold it for a profit which allowed me to purchase one of my "Dream Basses" but had I kept it continued upgrades to the Tuners to Hipshot Ultralights and an Active Preamp would have happened... however, it sounded and played fantastic as it was before I had changed so much as a screw!
You sometimes have to play through a few Made-In-Mexico Fenders to find a Great One, but I managed to do so on my first try. No neck/fret, paint or build quality issues to deal with, and after a handful of middle-of-the road upgrades (mainly the bridge and higher-end pickups) this played better than many American Standard Jazz Basses I had tried.
A fantastic value for the money: Made In Mexico (which means "Made In North America") compared to other company's Indonesia or China-built instruments at this pricepoint, and wonderfully playing & sounding both out of the box or as the platform for modification.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Nice

By Samuel Chiu

from New Hampshire

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My school's concert and pep band use a Fender Jazz bass for our performances. I have used it a couple times and it is pretty nice. The body shape is nice, the frets are nicely placed, and it sounds really nice with slap stuff and gentle finger-style playing. It doesn't sound so great for metal, at least not the amplifier the school has. Aside from that, the only other thing that I don't like is that it has a couple less frets than mine, and I play pretty high sometimes. Most players probably won't have that problem though.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW is all i can say

By BamaFever08

from Cullman Alabama

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Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

I am a person that don't have alot of money so when i seen this bass i had to have it,My brother own the american jazz bass so i had and ideal what this bass would sound like and i was very very happy and very right about it, it is a good looking bass sounds great and is very easy to play and for the money this is the way to go.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Affortable vintage vibe for a modern bassist

By thewizardofboz

from Fishers, IN

Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

I bought this bass with the intention of delaying the inevitable moment when I had to buy a "real" bass - a Fender American Standard Jazz bass. Surprisingly, this bass almost holds its own against the American Standard. I played both within five minutes, and noticed only minor differences. The Fender Standard Jazz bass is built like a rock. It plays as smooth as silk, and growls like a V-8. Even without the value factor, this is an excellent bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Jazz Bass (MIM)

By Chris Lawson

from Australia

Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

10
This baby still has the plastic protective coating on the scratch plate! What a great looking instrument. I always liked the P Bass, but these Jazz basses have great styling. The neck is super smooth, the maple fretboard is stunning and a joy to play. The action is perfect right out of the box, the intonation was good, apart from the A string needed adjusting, all in all - what a winner. The strings are lighter than I use, and not sure of their quality. So I plugged it in anyway, and wow. I mean WOW! This bass has great tone - similar to my '80's Ibanez RB850 RoadstarII - but much more variation is available. The lows certainly have that belly rumbling crunch to them - like playing a grand piano with a hammer - which I really love. The pickups hum a little when the treble is wound up - but I dont play with a lot of treble so its not a problem for me. I tried some popping and slapping for fun - and it sounds great there too. I am looking forward to getting to know this bass - as it appears to be incredible value. I dont think you will regret it

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great bass

By Hawkeye

from Upstate New York

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Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

I own two of these. One is an '04 and the other a '10, and they sound really good. One is strung up with round wounds and the other chrome flatwounds. You can still hear a common tone between them. The only problem I've had is a dropping E saddle on the '04. Fixed it with some locktite. They keep in tune really well, stay setup a long time with minimal adjustments, and are quite lite compared to my other basses. I suggest buying some form of strap locking system. I just use Dunlop Strap loks, the cheap counter top ones for like $3 a set. They're made out of carbon and do a great job. The only downside is few color choices.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Jazz bass

By Doug S.

from Abilene, Tx

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I have played many different basses over the last 20 years, from BC Rich to Warwicks. I have to say I was late in buying a Fender, but now I regret not having one sooner. This is one of the finest instruments I have ever played. The pickups sound fantastic and tone is great even without active electronics. The weight is reasonable and dosen't kill your shoulder. The neck is the best I have ever played. The narrow width makes it easy to play quick runs with little effort. The only grip was the bridge which I upgraded to a heavier mass unit. Do yourself a favor and check one out, you'll be glad you did.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Good Buy

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

I got this bass some time ago. For the most part, it is worth the price I paid. The only problem I have with it is that the bridge is terribly made. I can not play two songs without it going out of tune. Also, the neck pickup was defective, and as such needed to be replaced. All in all, this is a good buy for an amateur musician not looking to rock Madison Square Garden.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender Jazz Bass

By Brandon Corbeil

from New England

Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

Not a bad bass to buy. long at your more for a clean poping, fingering, slapping sound.
The bass plays very smooth and very clean.
the paint chips easy and the neck get warped fast within my year of owning one.
good proce for a bass of this quality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What was I waiting for?

By Josh-ExXuk

from St.Louis Mo.

Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

Great tones, that smooth and comfortable neck that the Fender J bass in known for, solid stock bridge and tuners, amazing finish, comfortable to wear as it balances beautifully. The MIM line has truely come a long way! I've been a bassist for 15 years and along the way have owned/played basses from Musicman, G&L, Warwick, Spector, Schecter, Gibson, Rickenbacker and Ibanez. Over all my Fender Std. jazz leads the pack at half the price of other basses I've had with the Musicman at a close second. This bass can blend into any style of music or get directly in your face if you want! Handles effects awesome. I'm very happy with and do not regret buying this bass, if you get one I like to think that you'll feel the same way.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what I wanted.

By basser4ever123

from -----

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Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

I love it. I've had this bass for about a year and a half. I use it for my school jazz band to practicing in my room to jamming with my pals! it's the perfect bass for me. I put rotosound strings on it and it sounds great! The Fender Jazz Bass is perfect for any type of music you play.
For me, this is all I need. Two pick-ups. And tone.
I bought the bass in the brown sunburst finish. Beautiful! I threw a tortise shell pick guard on it. Looks amazing!!
You get the bang for your buck.

 
5.0

totally blown away!!

By Fender jazzman

from Seattle, WA

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i just got this bass today. i have played a number of Fender J basses for an extended length of time, (even a modified one with bass EMG pickups) but this one surpasses all. i've played bass for 5 years and i have no complaints, as an intermediate player. this is probly one of the best basses you can get on the market in this price range. i recommend it to anyone looking for a great intermediate bass!!! thanks so much Fender!!

 
4.0

its ok

By dallas-rxQTh

from kingston, TN

Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

I bought one of these in black with rosewood. It's a pretty good bass. nothing when compared to the american counter part. I'm haveing the nut replaced because I'm getting a lot of chatter between it and the tuning keys due to the big wide notches cut out for the a and d strings they vibrate against the sides causeing a loud buzz when the open string is played. Other than that I have no complaints though.

 
5.0

Best Intermediate Bass

By Skullslasher

from Miami, FL

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I got this bass as a Christmas gift. Its the 2008 version of the bass so I'm not quite sure how the 2009 model compares but if its like the 2008 model its solid. The bass has 2 volume knobs, one for the bridge and one for the body pick-up. If one is too low, the noise it makes is horrendous however it can be silenced if both pick ups are at full or if one pick up is slightly(no more than 15%) higher in volume than the other.Over all it plays nicely, and has a great feel and tone.Besides the noise the only other problem I had was the wiring to the pick ups...had to smolder them twice..wasn't put together good.But besides that the bass is amazing for a learning intermediate level bassist.

 
5.0

Fender Standard Jazz

By Steve-O-CposC

from Hammondsville, Ohio

Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

I've played this bass multiple times and must say it's above the grade. The bass itself is a Made in Mexico Fender, but really does sound and feel perfect for Jazz Bass lovers like myself. The only complaint I have is the pick guard. As for the features, the vintage style controls are nice but just don't change the sound as well as some of the other Jazz Basses from fender. The neck is rosewood fingerboard and really feels great. Also, the frets are perfect to match. Excellent quality I would expect to find in a $1000 or more Fender Bass. The difference between this and the American built, hardly noticeable at all and really makes this bass worth it. If you like the Jazz line, this is a definite buy! I'll be buying my own soon!

 
5.0

best bass on the market for the money

By Jeff-SroV.

from herkimer ,new york

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Comments about Fender Standard Jazz Bass:

I recieved this Fender Standard Jazz Bass MIM a week or so after christmas. I plugged it right in and fell in love right then in there. The sound of this bass is amazing, and very versitile. It was quite an upgrade from my epiphone eb-3. The only complaint i had was the a string buzzed. but i just brought it to my high school band teacher and he had it set perfect for me. I highly recomened this bass to anyone playing punk, rock, r&b, blues, jazz, slap, or even metal. IT is the perfect bass.

 
5.0

Absolute BEST for recording ANYTHING

By bassballs

from Indianapolis, IN

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Great instrument. Honestly, all but one of the Fenders I have owned in my life have been Mexican made. Solid construction, frets feel the same as the $1200 American basses. I am especially happy with the newest Standards because they finally make them with a maple fingerboard. Its much easer to see on dark stages. Over time, it seems like there have been improvements in the quality of parts and construction at the Mexican factory but even back in 1997 when this bass cost $200, there didn't seem to be much difference in the American models except price. Of course, when I was 15 I thought this meant they were some how superior. The Americans might weigh a little more but after 4 hours on stage your shoulder will thank you for using lighter basses. This and an Upright are all I use for studio work. ok ok I also use an Ibanez 5 string. But thats IT!!

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