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Fender Standard Jazz Bass - Brown Sunburst with Rosewood Fingerboard Reviews

5.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from Dayton, Ohio March 16, 2017

    Different in a small way...

    First thing first. This is a MIM bass, not a MIA bass. I had a Highway 1 MIA jazz bass for years, lost it to the pawn shop when things got rough. The difference between the two is mainly with the sound of the pickups, to my ears. However, not only is a pickup change easy and cheap, the amplifier that it's played through makes even more of a difference. As far as the rest of the bass is concerned, the quality of the appearance and construction, the things that you see and feel, it is simply too close to call. This is a high quality, beautifully built bass. I wasn't expecting it to be this well finished. As far as tone is concerned, play with the tone controls on both the amp (Gallien-Kruger in my case) and the bass itself and you can squeeze a great deal of quality tone out of this rig. It doesn't (as yet) make me forget my well-loved Highway 1, but I just received this bass and have yet to spend the time to get to know it as well. If you know Fender basses and compare it directly with the MIA, it is a slightly different instrument. However, taken as if it were the only Fender Jazz bass available, it would serve the brand well. There is a difference, but nowhere near a $700 difference. Sweetwater's inspection takes a lot of the risk of buying online. My sales rep, Dave Snow, knows me and my preferences, and I've rarely had to make an adjustment after buying a lot of gear through Sweetwater. I've had more problems with brick and mortar stores than with Sweetwater.

  • from Haverhill, MA February 22, 2017Music Background:
    Gigging guitarist

    Solid, solid purchase

    I'm old school enough to get the serious willies buying a guitar sight unseen from an online retailer. Not that it's a bad thing, per se, but you know the deal: before you plunk down your hard-earned cash, you really want to hold that thing in your hands, put it through its paces, and see if it speaks to you.

    Well, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go completely against type and I bought this guy from Sweetwater last week, and you know what? Sweetwater really delivers like they say they do. Thing was on my porch no fewer than three, maybe even two days from purchase: awesome. But even better was the way it played straight out of the box. Given that this thing was shipped a thousand odd miles in the dead of winter, the set up was incredible...about a quarter-step flat on each string, superb action, and balls-on intonation. Even even better, the thing sounds sweet, and was exactly what I was looking for in a bass.

    Well done, Sweetwater. Well done indeed. Next time I'm in the market, I wouldn't hesitate to buy brand new retail from you. Tip of the hat to Ken Davis, Sales Engineer.

  • from Canton OH January 20, 2017Music Background:
    For my own entertainment these days

    A beautiful instrument

    For one thing, I ordered a maple neck and fingerboard, I saw one on Fender's 'build your bass' website and the maple really grabbed me as a very sharp configuration for this bass, classic but not really 'vintage'. You can't review that here by default because maple fingerboard is not a stock choice on the brown sunburst but the rosewood just didn't quite do it for me. So I am reviewing it here any way. I had a j-bass years ago, black with black pickguard, maple neck and the black rectangle insets. I loved it but had to sell it in '84 and I have always regretted it. I just got the new bass and have been playing it off and on all day, mostly on. It's wonderful. The action was perfect right out of the box thanks to the Sweetwater setup. I love the way it looks and the way it plays and the way it sounds especially. I have a Rumble 500 head and a rumble 2 10 cabinet and it's really a perfect fit. The satin neck is a keeper for me too, it feels fantastic. Thanks to my rep David Merkosky for his help and patience in getting all this gear together for me. It's all coming back why I bought one of these in the first place, they play and sound as good as they look.

  • from Memphis, TN August 13, 2015Music Background:
    worship director, home-recording hobbyist

    Big Improvements

    I owned a 2003 Jazz Bass and thought i'd try this one out to see how they compare. The tone from the 2015 just destroys my early 00's. Quiet electronics. The setup was amazing out of the box. But my biggest praise is that satin finish on the neck. You just glide so effortlessly on that neck. My older one has gloss finish and doesn't even compare in playability. This new one i just an incredible bass.

  • from Lafayette, Indiana February 26, 2014Music Background:
    Student, Hobbyist, Recording Engineer.

    Elated with Tone

    I went to the Sweetwater HQ yesterday evening (February 25. 2014), with the intent on buying a new bass. I had done about three months of research before this day, and had visited various other retailers. Before coming in I had made my mind up I wanted a Fender Jazz Series Bass, but was on the fence about the Made in Mexico (M.I.M.) Fender vs. the American Standard. Online reviews only had overly patriotic individuals cap-locking "America." Where as I would prefer to buy American I had to ask "is an extra ~$700 really that worth it?" Having played both now there are some noticeable differences in wood quality. Honestly, I like the smooth action on the MIM neck better. The American I could feel the wood grain, which is NOT bad, just saying I prefer the extremely smooth feel. (Sends less unnecessary signals to my brain.) Eventually, I got a hold of a sales associate started to ask what my money was getting me. And the only thing I heard that I can't simply mod on the bass; was the body construction. The MIM body has more layers of wood therefore slightly heavier. The other things to me are easily upgradable for at MOST a hundred dollars. The internal electronics can be replaced with higher quality metals. I am to understand the wiring is zinc based. I plan on replacing those with a more conductive wiring. THAT BEING SAID, I really do not have to. The bass sounds phenomenal all by its lonesome.

    I purchased the Candy Apple Red with the Maple fret board. And words can not describe its beauty. None of the pictures online even come close to representing the vibrancy of the body and board. Out of the box I did have to do some minor adjustments to the bridge. The G string was rattling on the fretboard pretty bad just on an open note.

    Finally I'd like to give a shout out to my associate, (I'll call him simply "D" in cases he prefers privacy) he was very helpful. I understand people in sales hear a million customer stories a day, and they probably don't care. But he at least pretended to take an interest in my story up to our meeting each other. And this makes me feel more comfortable. He clearly explained to me the differences between the MIM and American, and helped me make an informed decision on this bass. I will definitely bring all my future business (to which I will have a lot of) to this company.

    I can say with confidence that there is a definite tone difference between the "Made in Mexico" and the American standard. But not a ~$700 dollar difference. This bass is like the warm embrace from a mothers arms. I am so glad I wasn't a price junky mentality and bought the more expensive bass just because its expensive therefor must be better. After all its all about the sound, and this bass grooves. (If you made it this far) I hope the review is helpful, because I tried to answer all the reservations I had before this purchase.

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