Best Bass I've Owned
Hands down this is absolutely the best bass I’ve ever owned.
I’ve been playing since 1968 and have been through a few basses over the years. Recently I had the need to update my main axe (the first time since 1984!) so I embarked on a hunt to find what very possibly might be my last bass. Since I don’t swap rigs often, my quest was for quality, fit and sound. I took the time to play lots of instruments – both expensive and inexpensive. After stumbling upon a used American Deluxe Jazz, I knew at that moment I’d found my bass. I feel sorry for the person who had to let go of such a stunning instrument….but I didn't buy this used bass.
Since the sticker price on the used one was close enough to the price of the new one, I was convinced to call my friends here at Sweetwater. At the time I called, the American Deluxe Jazz was back ordered but expected to arrive soon. It was well worth the short wait…and I took delivery a full week earlier than I’d been promised – thanks Sweetwater!
I’ve been playing this gem for almost 6 months now and I doubt if I could fully describe the superb quality of rig that it is. You really have to wrap yourself around this sweet bass to fully appreciate how versatile and responsive it is. I’m actually saddened to put this Fender back in its well constructed case after a gig or practice. At home I leave it out so I can sneak in a lick or 2 every time I walk by…..
The electronics are amazing! I played with them for days just to see how truly versatile this system is. The key is the active 3 band EQ and the new N3 pickups – yes they ARE noiseless. The layout of the controls is intuitive to negotiate quickly for fine tuning your sound in the middle of a song – nice!
I find is that I like the active side of the house for most of the playing that I do – which is classic rock with occasional wanderings into jazz and funk. BTW, this Jazz Bass can produce deep funky slap tones as well as anything I’ve heard. Maybe that’s due to the string-thru-body design Fender chose for this bass – much like a Musicman Stingray.
You want growl, you got it.
You want smooth, you got it.
You want punch, you got it.
You want slap, you got it.
You want ________ (fill in the blank), you got it!
Build quality is incredible! I was actually stunned by how fine this instrument is crafted. Fender, like most great American companies has had its ups and downs over the years. My expectations for a well crafted instrument were high but Fender has actually exceeded these expectations by a wide margin on the American Deluxe Jazz Bass.
Beautiful inlays, neck binding, fit and finish. The sunburst is exactly how I like – deep and leaning towards the darker end of the scale. Not much red or yellow. Sort of understated like a good bass line.
Again, you really have to experience how lovely the bass feels when you hold it.... when you slide a note down the length of the smooth thin neck…when you hold a low F for 2 bars….when you lightly step down a fast blues scale….whatever you do, this Jazz Bass is there for you.
The bass is truly a work of art - the total package of fine craftsmanship, playability, and sonic sweetness. At the price, it’s a bargain.
Well done Fender. Well done Sweetwater.