Blacktop™ Jazz Bass®


Model #: 0148600506

Blacktop™ Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black

0148600506

Blacktop™ Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, White Chrome Pearl

0148600523
Blacktop™ Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black

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Phenomenal Blacktop™ series power and performance now comes to a bold new interpretation of the venerable Jazz Bass® guitar. In one of the most distinctive iterations of the instrument ever designed, Fender introduces the Blacktop Jazz Bass.

Sleek and supercharged, the Blacktop Jazz Bass features dual Blacktop split-coil Precision Bass® pickups that pack a powerful one-two tonal punch. Other distinctive touches are three Jazz Bass control knobs (volume for each pickup and master tone) and a Blacktop HiMass™ bridge. Features include an alder body, maple neck with modern C shape and gloss urethane finish, rosewood fretboard with 9.5" radius and 20 medium jumbo frets, three-ply black-white-black pickguard, open-gear tuners and chrome hardware. Available in Black and new White Chrome Pearl.

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Volume pots a little disappointing

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Billlozon on March 30, 2013
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock

Just received my new Blacktop Jazz yesterday and will replace the factory strings with D'Addario Chrome flatwounds ASAP. The fit/finish is excellent and the photos don't do the white finish justice. It's something that you really need to see in person to appreciate. One thing that I found troubling though was the minimal range of both pick up volume controls. Sure, they turn almost a full revolution but it's almost like 70% of the pot is low volume then BAM! turn it just a few degrees higher and you've got a loud bass. It's almost more of an off/on switch than a true gradient volume control. I hate the thought of replacing pots on a brand new instrument.

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Surprisingly great tone and feel for the money!

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famousbass on February 19, 2013
Professional Blues R&B Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Reggae / Ska Punk

I only picked this bass up in the store to give it a test play because it was sitting next to the Blacktop Precision I had come in to try out. Am I glad I did! At first, the look of the dual split P-bass pickups was a bit weird and I had little hope of it sounding any different than a normal, entry level P-bass. Boy was I wrong! The tone of this beast is truly amazing! Plugged straight into an SVT stack, it was clear and HUGE! It has the bottom end of the P-Bass but with more clarity (likely due to the second pickup being placed closer to the bridge). I immediately was able to get an amazing rock tone with minimal knob tweaking on the amp. Dropping back the tone knob a bit subdued the attack and mellowed out the tone nicely for finger-style playing, as did soloing the front pickup. The bass is solidly built. If you didn't look a the back of the neck, you'd think that this was a full-on American-made Fender bass instead of Mexican. If you didn't look at the price tag you'd think that this bass would easily cost closer to $1,000+ than the measly $500 it cost at the music store! Solid body, really nicely finished (Chrome Pearl White finish was surprisingly pleasing to the eye and I'm a black or vintage sunburst kind of guy!), neck feels great (although I'd prefer less gloss on the back of it), frets are nicely done, neck pocket was solid and the Hi-Mass bridge gives each note greater sustain than you'd expect. In a nutshell...Clear, clean and huge! The pickups clearly translated all the picking and finger-style nuances I could throw at it. Pushing the volume a bit added some nice grit that didn't get in the way of note clarity. The bass plays so effortlessly that I ended up playing for quite a while. I plugged it through an EHX Bass Big Muff Deluxe and it about tore a hole in the roof! The dual P pickups really made the distortion pedal come to life! All in all, a fantastic value for the money and a real tribute to Fender's attention to quality manufacturing...even "across the border"!

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Model Name: Blacktop™ Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black
Model Number: 0148600506
Series: Blacktop™
Color: Black

Body

Body
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Polyester
Body Shape: Jazz Bass®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 20
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
Position Inlays: White Dot
Truss Rods: Standard
Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Standard

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Blacktop™ Split Single-Coil Precision Bass
Neck Pickup: Blacktop™ Split Single-Coil Precision Bass
Controls: Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone
Pickup Configuration: SS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 4-Saddle Blacktop Adjustable HiMass
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Machines: Standard Open-Gear
Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Black Plastic

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA Bass 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Gauges)
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