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Fender Victor Bailey Jazz Bass V 5-String Bass   

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In designing this beautifully crafted, exotic wood J Bass, Fender incorporated a host of features guided by Victor himself. The sleek body has a koa ...Click To Read More About This Product

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In designing this beautifully crafted, exotic wood J Bass, Fender incorporated a host of features guided by Victor himself. The sleek body has a koa top over rosewood and mahogany. Noiseless pickups add warmth and lows that complement the body's natural clarity and brightness. The circuitry has been tweaked with pre-shape, boost, and EQ settings to enhance the unique sonic nature of the exotic woods. For maximum headroom, the circuit is powered by an 18-volt supply. It comes with a Fender deluxe brown hardshell case, strap, cable, and Meguiar's Mist and Wipe Kit.

  • Koa and rosewood over mahogany body
  • Modern C-shape maple neck with satin poly finish
  • Pau ferro fingerboard
  • 2 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups
  • 3-band active EQ with 18V power
  • Master volume
  • Pickup switching
  • Pan pot
  • Deluxe gold-plated steel bridge
  • Strings thru body or top load
  • Fender/Schaller Deluxe Lite-Bass tuning machines
  • Gold plated hardware
  • Medium jumbo frets
  • Koa headstock overlay
  • Victor Bailey caricature graphic on headstock,
  • 5 countersunk neck bolts
  • Carved asymmetrical heel for upper register access
  • Posiflex graphiteneck support rods
  • Abalone dot position inlays
  • Rolled fingerboard edges
  • Highly detailed nut and fret work

Victor Bailey Jazz Bass V 5-String Bass

  • 9.5" fingerboard radius
    22 frets
    34" scale length
    1.875" nut width

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Smokin Bass!

By Fender Baby

from Corpus Christi

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I was killing time at the music store and saw a variety of highend Fender Deluxe 5 string basses and I Tried the V. Bailey Jazz 5. I had just played an american deluxe jazz 5 and liked it. However the V.B. Jazz 5 blew the doors off of the other 5 strings. It sizzled in it's tone and felt much smoother than the American deluxe 5.I was cooking up new grooves in no time and the scale of the neck/string spacing was comfortable and fast like my own american deluxe 4 making it an easy transition. The low B rang clear and true and blended perfectly with the other strings.On the aesthetics, It was a beaut to look at and the gold hardware added a nice touch. The finish was cool too. Overall a smokin 5 string and at a fraction of the cost compared to highend Lakland, Warwick and others. GO Fender!

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not the instrument I Though, poor construction....

I have had this bass for a year now and I always have to adjust the neck, bridge, to not get the ugly buzzing that is always there. Very poor work of fretboard, nut, and the saddle (g string) moves by itself down, it is pain in the neck to play with this bass. I played a regular fender the other day and for the price and construction it is 100 times better. I don't know why Fender doesn't take the time to fine tune, inspect well the final product in this instrument. DONT BUY IT, BUY a regular fender jazz instead.


Worth the wait!

By randomrage33

from Minnesota

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When I ordered this bass about two years ago, Fender had stopped production and no longer had any in stock to send me. I couldn't decide whether to wait for the VB5 or go with another bass, so glad I waited! All in all, I ended up waiting about 5 months for them to MAKE ME my bass, better than getting one off the shelves, and let me just say, it was worth the wait! Incredible tone and versatility, almost any sound can be finessed from it. When I run the VB5 into the FX Loop Return of my SVT-6PRO feeding into the SVT-810AV.... heads turn and floors shake! Only gripe is that the screws on the machine heads loosen up for some reason and I lost one of em. The price seems to have gone up a bit too I see...


moanin' beauty

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This things got serious tone, features, and qualtiy. I love Fender guitars and basses and I knew I had to try one of their 5's. So I played this bad boy until the store was shaking. It's got monsterous tump and it moans something beautiful. I have played MusicMan, Warwick,BC Rich,Ibanez, and even epiphone. And I always love Fender's purity the best. The only other thing better than this beast is a Warwick Corvette 5. But a GREAT JOB FENDER on this beast.


Fender Bass one of best!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Fender! Fender is is fender and its beautifull to look at and play with. This Bass is very special of its pick-ups and wood. This is one of MOST Variable bass in market right now. It has Cobalt Noisless Pick-Ups I firslty didn't belive they are great but they realy IS . But Tone is fantastic! YOu can easaly get out P-Bass saund , FAT Fender 70's sound ang Marcus Miller sound too and one think is incredible - You can get also FODERA saund - very clear sound - and not spend 7000$. I think this bass is one of the best. Price can be little bit less BUT if you can get out from it 5 bass kind sounds - the price is PERFECT! I have all Bailey basses all are great if you are looking for GOOD bass take it I would buy it again on heart beat!


amazing bass!

By Jean Kouassi

from mount rainier, MD

This bass has an amazingly rich tone. Check out the zawinul syndicate "faces&places" 1st track or Joe Zawinul w/WDR big band on youTube to hear for yourself! The bass is capable of sweet fat and well define sound excellent for finger style (vic primary playing style)along with killer slap tone. This excellent performance & recording machine should have had an active/passive switch!


my thoughts

By Bill and Ted

from succasunna, nj

This bass is amazing! Definitely pay some attention here. Sounds great. Nice craftsmanship, looks way better in person in regards to the wood brilliance. My only problem are the knobs were a bit loose upon arrival.


nice lookimg bass for all stiles

By Ricky-kHIs-

from brunswick,ohio

I was looking for a bass that give me a nice tone that matches my gear "swr" I was saving money to buy me a fodera bass until I saw a victor B. bass and I tried it. with the sound of this bass I can play any stile of music, I'm latino and I play latin jazz, merengue, salsa, santana stile, and sounds very nice and clear in all the stiles specially when you play funk stile...and not only that, when you play this bass on stage it not only sounds good it make you looks good also.



By wt5wfP2dE

from Wash., D.C. Metro Area

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I've just gotten my "Victor Bailey V" and have been in the basement trying to compare and adjust my "American Deluxe Active V" to try and duplicate the same tones. I couldn't do it. There's a Stingray Hi-Fi Sizzle on the top frequencies and a smoothness that's better on the VB. The signal output is stronger and the bass seems deeper. But with all controls set at neutral, the tone seems to be fuller, however, I didn't put matching strings on both before I've decided to put my Deluxe on Consignment Sale. The agressive mids and tone of my Deluxe are now sounding more like a Stingray's growl, but not quite, as I pulled my Piezo Ray out and compared it also. Two Jazz's just confuse me, but they each have a different character. I think the Deluxe may have a Rock & Raw tone compared to a Jazz, Gospel, Old School R&B sound for the "VB".

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