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Fender American Elite Jazz Bass US17085272

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Packed to the gills with Fender's latest revolutionary innovations, the American Elite Jazz Bass is an active bass for the modern bassist who demands...Click To Read More About This Product

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A top-shelf version of Fender's legendary classic with improved electronics.

Packed to the gills with Fender's latest revolutionary innovations, the American Elite Jazz Bass is an active bass for the modern bassist who demands cutting-edge tone technology along with timeless style and fast, smooth playing feel. Its versatile sound easily matches any playing style—picked, plucked or slap-and-pop—while its standout looks remain authentically Fender, with a fresh twist.

With the exclusive all-new fourth-generation Noiseless pickups they’ve achieved the sonic equivalent of cold fusion —vintage-style response with completely noise-free performance. These muscular pickups are fueled by a redesigned robust 18-volt preamp cranks up the power for even more signal quality for chest-thumping tone with more headroom and reduced noise. Designed for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck with a 9.5”-14” compound radius fingerboard is ideal for all playing styles. A modern “C”-shape at the new genuine bone nut, the profile morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of comfortable support for fret hand antics. Posiflex™ graphite support rods run the length of the neck, adding stability to the neck while resisting temperature and humidity-induced warping. The HiMass™ Vintage bridge increases note attack and resonance for thunderous bass lines with colossal punch and boundless sustain while allowing either top-load or strings-thru-body stringing. In a vintage-inspired touch, the new truss rod adjustment wheel has been moved to the butt end of the neck for easier access, making neck relief adjustments a snap.

This bass is packed with Fender’s immortal aesthetics— from the ergonomic contours to the black chrome headstock logo, large pearloid fret markers and new color this instrument will pin the audience’s ears back with it’s gigantic tone and slick style. The American Elite Jazz Bass is a bold new bass for adventurous bassists who need a tonal multi-tool that refuses to compromise on any front. Includes a redesigned Elite Molded Case with body-hugging contours to provide increased protection for your cherished instrument and TSA locks.

FEATURES
Neck		
Shape: Modern "C" to "D"
Wood: Maple
Neck joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 34"
Truss rod: Yes
Finish: Satin urethane
Pickups
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Pickup configuration: SS
Neck: Not applicable
Middle: 4th Generation Noiseless Single Coil
Bridge: 4th Generation Noiseless Single Coil
Brand: Fender
Series or parallel: Parallel
Active preamp: Yes
Special electronics: 18 V with Active 3-band EQ
Fretboard
Material: Maple
Radius: 9.5"–14" compound
Fret size: Medium-jumbo
Number of frets: 21
Inlays: Black blocks
Nut material: Bone
Nut width: Info not available
Neck width at 12 fret: Info not available
Body
Cutaway: Double cutaway
Construction: Solidbody
Body wood: Alder
Top wood: Not applicable
Body finish: Gloss polyurethane
Orientation: Right handed
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, pan pot, 3-band EQ, active/passive mini toggle
Pickup switch: Yes
Coil tap or split: Not appicable
Tone switching: No
Special switching: Yes
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: 4-Saddle HiMass vintage
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Fender "F" light-weight vintage-paddle keys with tapered shafts
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 4
Pickguard: Yes
Special features: Not applicable
Case: Elite molded 
Accessories: Info not available
Country of origin: USA

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FenderAmerican Elite Jazz Bass
 
5.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

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  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
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5.0

Absolute perfection!

By DLM

from Boise, ID

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Elite Jazz Bass:

    Up to now the only Fender bass I've ever owned was a 1987 P-bass from Japan, which I still have to this day. I've always wanted a Fender Jazz bass, and seeing someone playing one in a band I really like recently reminded me of that fact. That combined with this brand new Elite line from Fender finally sold me on getting one, and I couldn't be happier with it. (Natural Finish - Maple Neck)

    First the case. Both the case itself and the latches on it are rock solid, the interior is lined beautifully with gray fur and it's got a huge accessory compartment for whatever you need to pack with you. It comes with a cable (as do most new instruments), but imagine my surprise when I also found in there a gorgeous leather strap and a set of strap locks! I didn't know it came with them, so that was an extremely awesome addition to the package.

    The bass itself is absolute perfection. It's absolutely gorgeous to look at, the finish is flawless, the fret ends were all perfectly smooth, and the inlays are sort of a black abalone looking material, which I also didn't realize from looking at the pictures. I thought they were solid black, so that was another pleasant surprise.

    Both the passive and active settings sound just incredible. It's got the ability tone-wise to stand on its own, but it also has a wonderful ability to blend seamlessly into the mix in whatever style of music you're playing.

    I read from various people that the Deluxe model of Fender Jazz basses suffered from a dead spot on the neck. This bass doesn't have that issue at all, and the compound neck is incredibly comfortable to play on. Not only comfortable, but deceptively fast.

    Finally, the setup was absolutely perfect right out of the box. The string height was optimal with no fret buzz whatsoever. I fell in love with this bass the moment I put my hands on it, and I highly recommend it to anyone. It's more expensive than the Deluxe model, but it's totally worth it.

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    5.0

    Most versatile bass fender ever produced

    By Papasote

    from Atlanta

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gigging
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender American Elite Jazz Bass:

      This bass has great tones, in active mode deep punchy bottom, bright mids, well balanced. Passive mode is just slightly more mellow. Great for all styles, finger, pick, pluck, pop, tap. Looks incredible. No a big fan of the strings that it came with. Quickly replaced those. Was set up perfectly right out of the box. Getting all the tones I want and more. Plays any style of music.

       
      5.0

      I'm in love with a natural blonde!

      By Caveman

      from WA

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender American Elite Jazz Bass:

      This bass is everything a quality instrument should be. It looks and feels great. It is a tonal playground.

      Kudos to Musician's Friend! They sent an open box instrument instead of new, but quickly refunded the price difference! Once I played it, I just couldn't send it back.

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