Fender American Elite Jazz Bass V - 3-Color Sunburst, Rosewood Fingerboard

5-string Electric Bass with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and Active Preamp - 3-color Sunburst
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A 5-string Jazz Bass for the Modern Player

Fender's American Elite Jazz Bass V provides players with a classic bass that's updated for modern playing styles and low-B power. You'll get the familiar round lows and clear top end that Jazz Basses are known for, without the 60-cycle hum thanks to a pair of fourth-generation Fender Noiseless single-coil pickups. An 18-volt active preamp adds a 3-band EQ and an active/passive switch. And features like a 9.5"-14" compound-radius fretboard make these J Basses effortless to play. The Fender American Elite Jazz Bass V propels one of the most popular workhorse basses of all time into the future.

Fender American Elite Jazz Bass V at a Glance:
  • Familiar tones with a twist
  • Neck designed with you in mind
  • The quality is in the details
Familiar tones with a twist

Onboard the American Elite Jazz Bass V is a duo of Fender's fourth-generation Noiseless J Bass single-coil pickups. These designs deliver the Jazz Bass's familiar punch and warmth, but the Noiseless circuitry eliminates unwanted signal noise and hum, making the bass ideal for live performance and recording. The 3-band active preamp adds a wide range of tonal control with a switch to go passive if you so choose. And the alder and maple construction with a rosewood fingerboard is a tried-and-true combination that has proven itself over decades.

Neck designed with you in mind

Fender Jazz Basses have been known for their iconic neck profiles since their introduction. Narrower and faster than a traditional P-style neck, they are a favorite of countless bassists worldwide. The American Elite Jazz Bass V continues the tradition with a comfortable contour that morphs from a "C" to "D" profile as you move up the neck. And the 9.5"-14" compound fretboard radius ensures comfort whether you're holding down the low end or delivering melodic statements higher on the frets. This neck gives you the feel of a well broken-in bass as soon as you open the case.

The quality is in the details

Whether you play sitting or with one strapped over your shoulder, Sweetwater bassists are sure you'll appreciate the comfort of the American Elite Jazz Bass V's belly and arm contours. A 5-string Fender HiMass vintage-style bridge anchors the strings either through the body or in a top-load configuration. And adjusting the neck relief couldn't be easier because of the truss rod adjustment wheel located at the butt end of the neck. But because of a pair of Posiflex graphite support rods, you'll rarely have to worry about this ultra-stable neck.

Fender American Elite Jazz Bass V Features:
  • Upgraded 5-string American Jazz Bass
  • Vintage-style 4th-generation Fender Noiseless pickups
  • Active 3-band EQ opens up your tonal options
  • An active/passive switch is a lifesaver if your battery dies
  • Ideal 9.5"-14" compound-radius fretboard
  • Comfortable belly and arm contours
  • Butt-end located truss rod adjustment wheel
  • Bone nut
  • Includes strap locks and adjustment wrenches
The Fender American Elite Jazz Bass V is a workhorse bass for today's 5-string players.

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Jazz
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color 3-color Sunburst
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape 'C'-'D'
Radius Compound 9.5"-14"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid blocks
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.875"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece 5-saddle Fender HiMass Vintage
Tuners Fender "F" Light-weight Vintage-paddle Keys
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup 4th Generation Noiseless single-coil
Bridge Pickup 4th Generation Noiseless single-coil
Controls 1 x vol, 1 x blend, 1 x bass, 1 x mids, 1 x treble, active/passive switch
Strings Fender USA NPS, (0.45-0.125)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0197100700

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic Bass

I had high expectations from Fender and they delivered. I have a Rickenbacker 4003 that I've been playing for the past four years, and this 5 string Fender is the perfect stable mate to my Ric. With the onboard pre-amp, I can pretty much dial this Fender to play the same rumbling growl that my Ric gives me, but it also has this low-end honey that just oozes rich and buttery goodness. The main reason I wanted the 5 string is so that I wouldn't have to either down tune my Ric to D and C for some of the newer songs we play. Now I can just stay on my J-bass for pretty much everything. I have small hands, so the larger neck takes a little getting used to. I'll still use my Ric for songs like "Slow Ride" where I have a lot of fret work to do, but this J-bass is my go to for evermore.

A most excellent bass

Since I am an intermediate-level bassists, I was hesitant to put a lot more money into a new bass. I have had three Fender basses (and a couple of other brands) before this one including what I felt was a very good 5-string made in Mexico. So buying the Elite was quite a step up in price and I wasn't sure my skill level was sufficient to take advantage of a better, more expensive bass - or whether I could tell the bass was worth the money. In short, it is! I am very happy with the new bass. It plays so much better than any of my other basses. It's not any one thing, really, just better everywhere! For example, the new neck design feels thinner and faster to play yet it is actually slightly wider than my other 5-string Fender. Like a fine automobile, the higher level of refinement are in the small, often subtle changes. I can't get over how much better this bass is. If you're like me and don't know if you want to spend the extra money, take my advice and sell your other basses if you have to and get this one. It's that good. There's another edge to that level of sophistication. This bass will bring out your bad fingering habits if you get sloppy. My other basses are a bit more forgiving - not sure why. However, I see this as another positive (and a bonus) since I know I need to do better. After all, this is a professional grade musical instrument which demands to be played correctly. Why did Fender change the name to Elite? Because it really is that good.

American Elite Jazz Bass V

Best bass I ever had.
See also: Fender, Fender 5-string Bass Guitars