The Deluxe Jazz Bass® Active V (five-string) is perfect for either a burgeoning five-string player seeking active tones, or as a low-cost backup for any working musician. Features include an active three-band EQ with slap switch and a one-piece maple neck with ebonol Fingerboard.
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I have two of these basses. I bought a black one last year as a backup to a white one I've been playing for at least the last 5 years. My friend liked them so much he bought the four string version, which became his go-to axe. I've used his four and my five on a number of recordings and gigs.
The good news: the bass sounds great. Its ebanol 2 inch-wide neck at the nut and 12 radius are perfect for me. The strings aren't all clumped together like a four string neck with five strings on it. The basses are comfortable, a tad heavy, but have a strong clear voice with lots of snappy top-end and resonant mids. It's thick enough on the bottom to give you nice presence but not thick enough to be muddy. These basses have become my main axes for most gigs I do around New York.
The Bad News: quality control. The electronics can be faulty and the truss rods are suspect. I mentioned I have two of these? Well, I've actually had five pass through my hands. My first white one had a bad preamp and had to be exchanged for the one I'm now playing. The first black bass I ordered also had a bad preamp. So they sent me another and that one was fine until I opened the case at a gig after a couple of months use, and the truss rod had given out and wouldn't adjust. Bow and Arrow Time! Fender were nice enough to exchange that one too and the new one they sent me was fine until it started to eat batteries. I opened up the back and found a ground lead not properly soldered. I reattached it and the bass plays and sounds great.
Bottom Line: You find a good one, treasure it! There is nothing in that price range and even hundreds of dollars above that even comes close. But beware bad wiring and truss rods.
zbassman owns this item
I've long been a proponent of Squier products, despite the bad rap a lot of snobbish musicians tend to hang on them. I'm pleased to say that this bass has shut up quite a few "name brand" snobs.
The feel and versatility of tone of this bass is absolutely incredible. One would, indeed, expect something this nice to come from the main brand, and I have to say that the main brand should sit up and take notice, because this thing is sneaking up on you fast.
I play in several different bands, spanning several different genres of music, ranging from quiet dinner jazz to balls-out party rock, and this bass has never let me down. Since I've owned it, I think I've actually ~had~ to turn on the active switch about three, maybe four, times. Yes, the passive setting is absolutely stunning. Well done, folks. DO NOT EVER STOP MAKING THIS BASS, OR CHANGE THE CONFIGURATION!!
My only (mild) complaint is the width of the neck is still something I can't quite get used to. It's a bit too wide to be completely comfortable to my left hand, but as long as I don't start having finger issues, I'm not gonna complain too loudly or too much.
I'm seriously considering getting myself a backup model should anything bad occur on a gig.
Again -- well done, Squier! Well done!
doctorwholittle owns this item
|Model Name:||Deluxe Jazz Bass® V Active (5 String), Ebonol Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Body Shape:||Jazz Bass®|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||12" (305 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||2.008" (51 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Side Dot|
|Bridge Pickup:||Standard Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Neck Pickup:||Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Blend, Treble, Middle, Bass, Slap Switch|
|Pickup Switching:||Blend Control|
|Special Electronics:||Active Electronics|
|Bridge:||5-String Standard Vintage-Style with Single Groove Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Open-Gear|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 8250/5M, NPS, (.045, .065, .085, .110TW, .130TW Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Active Electronics, Quick Release Battery Compartment, Side Dot Position Inlays, Knurled Chrome Control Knobs, Matching Painted Headstocks on Black (06) and Olympic White (05)|
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