Fender's American Deluxe V String Jazz Bass® guitar delivers the modern features that bassists demand in a sleek five-string design. An innovative designed preamp circuit delivers exhilarating active and passive tone, and powerful-yet-quiet N3 Noiseless™ pickups present more clean headroom and EQ range than ever, effortlessly handling the low B string with impeccable tone and seismic power. Other features include a compound radius fretboard and asymmetrical neck profile for fast action and silky-smooth playability all the way up the neck, active/passive switch and passive tone control for even more tonal options, and classic Jazz Bass block fretboard inlays and binding.
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I purchased the Fender American Deluxe Jazz V about 2 months ago. I have the natural ash with maple fingerboard finish. It is a beautiful pro level instrument with looks and features to suit many musical situations. The N3 pickups and on board active electronics package have a very versatile and musical range of tones, from dub/reggae to Jaco like burpy and clear mids, also good for rock, and I could see how it may work for metal, but I usually don't play the latter 2 styles. This bass really shines for slap, finger, and pick styles with a slight adjustment of the 3 band EQ. To me, the mid control is the heart of any active tone circuit, and Fender has nailed the woods/construction and mid frequency combination to accent all the right tonal frequencies. The playability of the asymmetrical neck and compound radius fingerboard allows for very low action and as a result I sound a lot better :) After spending a month with it, I have tweaked in my ideal set-up for this bass. The ash body is very resonant and combined with the neck gives the bass a beautiful uncompressed full range tone that is captured beautifully by the pickups/ preamp. I have tried the passive sound for live purposes as well, but feel that the active tones are far superior. That being said, I really appreciate the passive tone knob feature. I can't truly comment on the versatility and tone of the passive feature as I think it would shine in the studio and I haven't recorded this bass direct yet. The 4+1 tuners and high mass vintage bridge give this bass a solid feel, tuning stability and add to the great looks/playability. Unlike many, I am not a fan of the block inlays or binding, but the rest of the bass makes up for that. Overall Fender really gave me a product I am proud to own and justifies the large price tag. The battery terminals and better noise rejection are about the only things I would improve about this model.
4onthefloor owns this item
This my first Fender Bass. I have been playing bass for years and have never owned a Fender. This bass has a beautiful look and sounds awesome. It will purr like a kitten or growl like a Tiger. The neck is fast and feels very comfortable moving up and down the fret board. I would love to own A pawnshop VI.
Mtk135 owns this item
I was looking for a 5 string Jazz Bass for the longest time and now I've found it. This is a well built instrument with great playability and monster tone. the B string has astounding clarity and depth, the asymmetrical neck profile makes playing the neck very comfortable and the contoured heel and larger lower cutaway make upper fret access a breeze.
The electronics are very flexible and offer passive and active mode. The active mode does pick up some hum in some circumstances but it's not enough to be a problem, perhaps more effective shielding is required however this does not detract from a bass that is highly flexible and useful. a true workhorse and represents excellent value, well done Fender, this has become my go to 5 string bass.
Samatza owns this item
I can't go back to any other bass! It's incredibly flexible, very responsive and precise, and has that beautiful universal Fender tone. This is the perfect bass for any style of music, because of how adaptable it is. Not only is it a great sounding and playable instrument, it looks SO sexy, especially in the natural finish with the black pearloid block inlays! Overall, it is the absolute perfect bass for anyone who is very versatile in their playing, and has a passion in what they play.
AlexJazzyGoodrich owns this item
This my third fender bass, I had a fender jazz V 24 and a Presicion Hot Rod. Now Im a custom bass player and for some reason I felt I needed something with a classical look but with a moder amd vintage sound at the same time. This bass gave all. Incredible low B and clear mids this bass can handle all. The only thing I still can not understand is why 21 frets. The rest is pure perfection.
diomar owns this item
In my opinion, Fender has finally created a five string bass that is the "whole package" with the look, the playability, and the sound that any bass player desires. I have waited patiently for many years to get a great five string for under $2000 and it has been worth the wait. Fender has done a great job with this one.
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This is a great 5 string Jazz bass. I have the Natural finish model with maple fret board & black pearl block markers. This bass is just plain sexy!! This is a very versatile bass, it comes with a set of Fender N3 Noiseless pickups & it can be played in Active or Passive mode that allows you to dial in many tones.
In passive mode the Master volume, the pickup pan volume knob & the Passive tone knob work & in Active mode the Master Volume, pickup pan knob, Bass, Treble & Mid knobs work. The neck on this bass has a great feel & I really like the Hipshot tuners & string retainer on the B string.
The stock 82505M strings that come with this bass with the taper B & E strings are a nice touch & have a piano like ring to them. There's also a sculpted heel, that makes it easier to play notes in the 15 to 21 fret area.
The American Deluxe Jazz 5 also comes with a Fender SKB Flight Case with re-enforced corners & plush Back interior. This bass screams Quality & attention to Detail. Fender did their homework on the current American Deluxe line of basses.
James Coderre owns this item
This is my 1st 5-string Jazz Bass. My American Deluxe Jazz Bass V is "Awesome". Rigth out of the box it was ready to Go !!! I tweeked th truss rod and that was it !!! The "Fit & Finish" are excellent. The sound is great. The feel is great. The look is "Totally Sexy" !!! Since I purchased it, this has been my main bass, and will continue to be until I can afford to upgrade to a "Custom Shop" bass. The bottom line is I l"Love" this bass. I you can afford one, buy one !!!
ehmyles59 owns this item
I would like to say that I Love All of my fender basses, they have their own individual personality. But 24 fret is the greatest of all of them but their not offered anymore. In my opinion the active / passive , with the scoop switch is it guys ( period ). Fender should have this in all Fender stores but with various tops and colors and Fret board tops. With 21 fret options as well , recently i got a quote for a 24 fret custom with everything basic except the color and hardware color and it was way out of my price range for that . It had to be master built for it to be 24 fret. I love fender basses and always will but that wasn't the price that I was looking for. All of the luthiers out there making Jazz Basses are making their basses based on the Great fender basses and their too pricey. No one can match the Fender as far as I am concerned. I would love to have the job of testing fender basses against the other competition to give feedback on what to improve or change etc. And of course I get to keep the ones I test. Fender is the Cadillac of Bass and guitar, I know the market is competitive but we should always be open to changes . Yours truly 24 Fret
fivestring owns this item
Flawless until recently when the nut gave way on the B string side. The design of the nut due to the binding is the top is wider than the base of the nut sorta like extended ears to the edge. Very little material there. A respected luthier is doing a bone nut for me now the bass is 3 years old now I am not willing to send it away for weeks to fender even if the warranty was good. I love the bass. I would not hesitate to replace with same if stolen or damaged. I am a working musician.
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|Model Name:||American Deluxe Jazz Bass® V (Five String) Ash, Maple Fingerboard, Natural, 3-Ply B/W/B Pickguard|
|Body Material:||Premium Ash|
|Body Shape:||Jazz Bass®|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane Front, Satin Urethane Back|
|Neck Shape:||Asymmetrical "C"|
|Neck Binding:||Bound Fingerboard|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.875" (47.6 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black or White Pearloid Block|
|Truss Rods:||Posiflex™ Graphite Neck Support Rods|
|Truss Rod Nut:||3/16" Hex Adjustment|
|Neck Plate:||5-Bolt Asymmetrical|
|Bridge Pickup:||Noiseless™ N3 Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Neck Pickup:||Noiseless™ N3 Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Pan Pot (Pickup Selector), Treble Boost/Cut, Midrange Boost/Cut, Bass Boost/Cut, Active/Passive Mini Toggle|
|Pickup Switching:||Pan Pot|
|Special Electronics:||Active/Passive Mini-Toggle Switch|
|Bridge:||4-Saddle High-Mass Vintage (String-Through-Body or Topload)|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender Lightweight Vintage-Style Keys with Tapered Shafts|
|Control Knobs:||Black Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 8250/5M, NPS, (.045, .065, .085, .110TW, .130TW Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||New N3 Noiseless Pickups, Improved electronics resulting in increased headroom, tighter low-end response, Active/passive toggle switch, Passive tone control for passive mode, Strong Arm™ string retainer, HMV bridge, Genuine bone nut, Tinted neck, Posiflex™ Graphite Neck Support Rods, 5-Bolt Neck Plate, Contoured Heel for Easier Access to Upper Frets, Rolled Fingerboard Edges, Highly Detailed Nut and Fret Work, Flat head screws on battery compartment (for easy changes with a coin or pick), Black pearl (or white pearloid) block inlays, Neck binding|
|Included Accessories:||Cable, Strap, Strap Locks|
|Strap Locks:||Schaller® Strap Lock System|
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