Fender American Special Jazz Bass - 3-Tone Sunburst No Longer Available

Solidbody Bass with Alder Body, Slim Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and Greasebucket Tone Circuit - 3-Tone Sunburst
Item ID: JBassASR3TS

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Classic J Bass with Extra Tone Control!

Fender's American Special Jazz Bass kicks off a new decade of Fender basses with the latest in U.S.-made quality and value. A slim C-shape maple neck and lightweight alder body make the American Special Jazz Bass one of the most comfortable basses out there. Standard Vintage Alnico magnet Jazz Bass single-coil pickups give you plenty of output, and Fender's amazing Greasebucket tone circuit, which lets you ease off the highs and still get punchy and powerful lows. Top it all off with Fender's high-gloss finish, and the American Special Jazz Bass looks just as good as it sounds.

Fender American Special Jazz Bass Features at a Glance:
  • Color: 3-Tone Sunburst with high-gloss finish
  • Body shape: Jazz bass
  • Body material: Alder
  • Neck: Maple, slim "C" shape
  • Neck finish: Satin urethane finish
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard radius: 9.5"
  • Frets: 20, medium jumbo
  • Scale length: 34"
  • Nut width: 1.5"
  • String nut: Synthetic bone
  • Truss rod nut: 3/16" adjustable hex nut
  • Pickups: Standard Vintage Alnico magnet Jazz Bass single-coil Bridge pickup
  • Controls: Volume 1.(neck pickup), Volume 2. (bridge pickup), Master Greasebucket tone circuit (rolls off highs without adding bass)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Standard
  • Bridge: Standard Vintage 4 Saddle Bass
  • Strap Buttons: Vintage-style strap buttons
  • Control Knobs: Vintage-style black plastic Jazz Bass knobs
  • Pickguard: 3-ply Parchment
  • Case: Deluxe gig bag included

Get vintage style with modern tone, from the Fender American Special Jazz Bass!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Hands On Review: Fender American Special

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Manufacturer Part Number 0111660300

Customer Reviews

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

"Built by the people, for the people & within your reach" is the slogan on Fender's website describing the new American Special line of guitars and basses. And it's an apt descriptor: the new instruments are made in the USA and come in at stellar prices. I had the chance to check out five instruments: a Telecaster, a Stratocaster, a Stratocaster HSS (with a humbucker at the bridge), a Jazz Bass, and a Precision Bass. All five instruments were top notch. They were solidly constructed, well set up right out of the box, and primed for making music. I ran them through a Fender Mustang III amplifier (see sidebar for more on this amp). Each one produced the tone I've come to expect from a high-quality Fender instrument, from the twang of the Tele to the quack of the Strat in the in-between position to the crunch of the HSS humbucker to the rolling thunder of the two basses. We're talking classic good looks combined with classic tones. Each of the instruments rang well, with plenty of sustain. The pickups were solid, offering full, rich tones. And the hardware was of the quality you'd expect from an American-made guitar or bass. These were U.S.-made Fenders all the way. How much did I like the American Specials? Well, I ended up spending my hard-earned dollars to buy the Precision Bass for myself, and I couldn't be happier. It plays great, it's light, it rings like a bell, it sustains well, and the tone is true P Bass all the way. The same can be said for the whole American Special family; they all deliver the real thing at a great price, and they're made in America - very nice! BONUS: Mustang III I had the opportunity to play the American Special guitars through the new Mustang III amplifier. This is a pretty amazing piece of work from Fender: 100 watts, 12" speaker, built-in effects, and excellent-sounding amp models of all types. Whether for home practice -- yes, it sounds great at very low volume levels despite the high power rating -- rehearsal, studio work, or live performance, there's a ton of tone in this lightweight, highly affordable amp. It's the first Mustang I've played through, and I'm sure it won't be the last -- Mustangs rock!
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See also: Fender, Fender 4-string Bass Guitars