Professional bassists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender® Jazz Bass® guitar since its 1960 introduction for its rich tone and musical versatility. The Standard Jazz Bass Fretless combines the best of old and new, with modern single-coil pickups, shielded body cavities, vintage-style bridge, tinted neck with rosewood or maple fretboard, three-ply parchment pickguard and '70s-style headstock logo.
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I bought this bass used after it had been used as a rental, with not a scratch on it, and I am so glad I did. It is my first jump into playing fretless and it was totally worth it, the fret lines really help with the transition from fretted playing. It was already set up perfect in the store, but I had to do some tweaking for the tuning my band uses, D standard.
The playability is amazing, the Jazz neck feels super slim and easy to navigate, while the body shape allows very comfortable seated playing. The fingerboard is nice and level and there are no issues with the neck warping at all. It holds intonation and tuning very well, even with the old strings from the store.
I plan on changing out the pickups, there is nothing wrong with the stock pickups, but it's a preference thing. For me the second volume has to go, it will likely be getting Master Volume, 3-way Pickup Selector switch, and Tone.
If this bass was lost or stolen I would require to buy a replacement. I still think Fender's imports are generally just as good as their Americans, short of some minor features.
gschubert969 owns this item
I was so proud to take this item home.
I just play fretless bass and until now I have played a few other brands.
Now it was time to invest a little more money and get a really good one and so I wanted this bass so much.
But two days later reality caught me.
Of course the classic look is amazing. The sound is overwhelming, nothing beats the dark and direct sound of the single coils. It lets me play whatever I want. Perfect! Especially at this quite fair price.
Why doesn't Fender built real fretless instruments?
I hate fretlines. They confuse me and they make the instrument look so normal. If I play a fretless instrument, I want it to look like a fretless instrument. But regarding the Sound and the quality I thought I could ignore this.
I could, if it just were lines. But what is there on my fingerboard aren't lines. In fact these are frets! The fingerboard has the same slots like the fretted version of this instrument. They are just filled with thin metal stripes. And these stripes are the problem.
The stripes are not proper grinded and you can feel them if you go over them with your fingertip. Some are even high enough to stop your fingernail, if you carefully strike over the fingerboard. And of course the strings hit the nearby "frets" and rattle if you play with a bit more energy.
So i must say: It's a wonderful instrument with a warm and great sound... and an awful rattling. And it's not fretless! Sorry Fender.
KlausM owns this item
This bass was willed to me, This is a nice bass, I'm not a fretless guy, so I actually would not have bought it. I also received this bass under extremely heartbreaking circumstances. I changed out the pickguard and knobs to change the look. This is a well balanced bass, the rosewood slab is very light in color with a nice swirl pattern. The bass is vintage white which has yellowed nicely from being in a house that was full of smokers, I added a red-shell pickguard so it looks like something from 1963.
The pickups have a great tone and the controls have a great taper to them. The pickups are a bit on the weaker low output side, but I have a big amp. This is a comfortable bass to play. I find it useful on several songs.
I prefer fretted basses, but this little guy has a permanent home
guido owns this item
I have the one with the black body.
It is well built. Sounds good. Hardware is good, no problems with tuning and it stays tuned very well,
I like the parchment pickguard, it gives the bass something extra.
The neck feels slim and fast.
TonH owns this item
|Model Name:||Standard Jazz Bass® Fretless, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black, 3-Ply Parchment Pickguard, No Bag|
|Body Shape:||Jazz Bass®|
|Neck Finish:||Tinted Satin Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||Fretless|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.5" (38.1 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Side Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||3/16" Hex Adjustment|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Standard Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Neck Pickup:||Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone|
|Bridge:||4-Saddle Standard Vintage-Style with Single Groove Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Open-Gear|
|Control Knobs:||Black Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound, (.055, .070, .090 .105 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Upgraded Pickups and Vintage Style Jazz Bass® Control Knobs, Side Dot Position Markers are Centered Between Fretlines|
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