Fender Select Active Jazz Bass®


Model #: 0170320852
Fender Select Active Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Tobacco Sunburst

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The highly acclaimed Fender Select series introduces an all-new lineup for 2013. These finely crafted guitars and basses put decades of Fender expertise on display, with elegant features and design options for discerning musicians everywhere. Experience the latest figured tops, beautiful finishes, choice tone woods, figured and quartersawn maple necks with compound-radius fingerboards, an innovative new "inlaid" fingerboard design on two of the models, specially voiced pickups, and several new first-rate features that mark Fender's top-line best as remarkable instruments.

Like its passive-electronics 2012 predecessor, the Fender Select Active Jazz Bass® takes our most versatile bass to new heights of elegance and power. Its alder body has a flame maple top and a beautiful hand-stained Tobacco Sunburst finish with gloss-lacquer topcoat. The modern "C"-shaped quartersawn maple neck has a comfortable contoured heel, satin lacquer finish and Posiflex™ graphite support rods; the compound-radius rosewood fingerboard (9.5"-14") has 20 medium jumbo frets and stylish white pearloid block position inlays.

Other premium features include dual Fender Select Jazz Bass single-coil pickups, active/passive mini-toggle switch, master volume knob and pickup pan knob, three-band active EQ (treble, mid and bass boost/cut knobs), three-ply parchment pickguard, high-mass vintage-style bridge (strings-through-body or top-load), vintage-style tuners with tapered shafts, and Fender Select headstock medallion.

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Very nice, but

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jazzben on January 4, 2014 (updated January 6, 2014)
Amateur Blues Funk Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Punk

I have to admit that I fell in love when I first saw it hanging in my music store. The flamed top is so nice! I plugged it in a SWR amp there, and the magic came out of it. The tone is so hot!! I love that "jazz bass" sound. Passive or active, it sounds good either ways.
I own it since a month now, and I think the oil finish on the neck is a little bit sticky, I need to rub it frequently... I suppose that the sticky effect will go away with time, but for now, it is a little annoying.
My biggest deception is under the pickguard: it is routed! I couldn't believe it when I removed the pickguard: I wanted to expose more of that marvelous flamed top, but under the pickguard, there's a big hole all around the neck pickup, and a route between the neck pickup and the electronics under the knobs plate. I cannot believe that Fender produces instruments like this one in the Select class, and don't make an effort on this. Since there is a layer on top for the maple flamed top, this could have been done easily. I'm really disappointed of this.
On the neck, I wish it had a binding, or the nice contoured heel, like the one on the Select Stratocaster HSS. But I like the nice rosewood finish and I'm really glad that Fender put the square pearl inlays marquers, it looks so good!
Other than that, I love it, it is not the heaviest bass I owned, I love the sound of it and I love to play it.

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Top of the line

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axeltag on August 16, 2013 (updated August 16, 2013)
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Huge range, perfect neck and the most beautiful look. This is the best Fender I have ever owned and played. Not Custom Shop, but definitely feels like one.

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General

General
Model Name: Fender Select Active Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Tobacco Sunburst
Model Number: 0170320852
Series: Fender® Select
Color: Tobacco Sunburst

Body

Body
Body Material: Alder with Quilt Maple Top
Body Finish: Hand-Stained with Gloss-Lacquer Topcoat
Body Shape: Jazz Bass®

Neck

Neck
Neck Finish: Satin-Lacquer Back, Gloss-Lacquer Front
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
Number of Frets: 20
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
Position Inlays: Pearloid Block
Truss Rods: Modern Heel Adjust
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Fender Select Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Neck Pickup: Fender Select Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Controls: Master Volume, Pan Control, Three-Band Active EQ with Treble Boost/Cut, Bass Boost/Cut and Mid Boost/Cut
Pickup Switching: Pan Pot
Pickup Configuration: SS
Special Electronics: Active/Passive Mini-Toggle Switch

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 4-Saddle High-Mass Vintage (String-Through-Body or Topload)
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Machines: Fender "F" Light-Weight Vintage-Paddle Keys with Tapered Shafts
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs: Black Plastic

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA Bass 7250ML, NPS, (.045-.100 Gauges)
Unique Features: Neck Heel Contour, Fender Select Headstock Medallion, Stealth "A" String Retainer
Included Accessories: Cable, Strap, Cloth