Fender's American Deluxe Jazz Bass® guitar delivers the modern features that bassists demand in a sleekly familiar 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. Other features include 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 have mixed emotions about this bass, though I'll start with the good stuff.
It is definitely a high quality bass:
- beautifully presented (mine is transparent Wine Red, inlays, binding etc.)
- a fantastic range of tones
- impeccably playable
- on the heavy side, though passable.
There is no question that the American Deluxe Jazz is a high quality bass, though I hesitate to recommend it to the world.
The reason for my hesitation is that I am not sure the Am Dlx Jazz is really worth buying this over the American Standard. The tangible difference between the Deluxe and the Standard Jazz bass is aesthetics - the American Standard is otherwise equally nice to play (playability, tone etc.).
The American Deluxe Jazz is a treat - it is an indulgence for sure. If however, you don't care for the bling, go with the American Standard Jazz.
I have both the Deluxe and Standard so I am hedged :-)
edelstone owns this item
I bought the Sunburst version of this bass after I played with the red wine in a store locally. I proceeded with an order from my store, and it arrived 2 months later. When I opened the case, the smell was incredibly good! This bass is probably the best piece of craftmanship, (except for what you'll read below): the neck is simply perfect in every aspect!! I didn't expect it, but despite the long way traveling in the shipping, it arrived straight with a very nice and fine touch.
The first test in the store was OK. Two days later, I had my first gig with my band, and this is where things went a bit wrong: this was probably the strongest noise I ever heard from any basses I have played. Wow!!! How could it be possible??? Fender sells it with pickups called N3 Noiseless. Sooooo noisy! I couldn't continue to play with it on the gig, I had to switch back to my Select Active Jazz Bass instead. Such a disappointment! My luthier took it for some tests and the bridge pickup looked to be the most noisy, but the neck pickup was noisy as well. We tried to shield id, and so on, but nothing did the trick. As well, the tone is not good: no character, no spirit, simply flat and I wasn't able to "find my sound", passive or active. I finally got those pickups switched for Lindy Fralin Split-Jazz pickups, and man!!! What a difference!!!! I now have a true powerful classic Jazz Bass sound, bold enough, with full of growl!!! I now LOVE the bass!! And it's dead quiet!!!
I still consider it a shame that Fender makes the American Deluxe body routed under the pickguard! I really don't understand that! H Ok for a Squier, not for an American Deluxe!! Finally, why are the body dimension and pickguard is different from other Jazz Basses??
Other than that, I now love mine, especially since the pickup swap!
jazzben owns this item
That's my first American Deluxe Jazz Bass, and it's really amazing.
The sound is very harmonic and balanced. Not so hard as the precision basses and not so crashed as the standard jazz basses. But really solid, smooth, bright and clean sound.
I think this is the matured soul of the Jazz Bass.
In Brazil this machine starts from 4,000 up to 5,000. It means unreal, but it's true.
Anyway. I'm here, very happy with my new Fender.
stivy owns this item
While I was at a Fender deal negotiating on another bass, I came upon an American Deluxe Jazz in 4 and 5 string trim.
The 5 string out of the box was busted, the volume pot rotated 360 degrees and did nothing and the stack pots were stuck making it difficult to turn the top layer without the bottom doing the same. Because of this, I almost ignored picking up the 4 string.. it was really wonderful.
My style covers 40 years of playing a wide variety of music styles, and while this bass won't cover what a old Hofner will do for Beatles tunes, I was very impressed with what it would do - fast staccato lines, harmonics, slapping double handed fret board, chords —were all extremely clean and crystal clear. The bass was lightweight enough including the neat new molded case that standing for hours with this bass will be easier than other J Basses I own.
Price was highly negotiable.
So, depending on your style you need this much less expensive alternative to some boutique basses in your tool box of go-to sounds on a fun to play bass.
200guitars owns this item
Finally purchased my American Deluxe Jazz Bass after 9 months of saving the cash. Love the way it feels and plays, love the look of the bass. The "noiseless pickups" and electronics are 100% garbage. The bass sounded great in the store at low volume. I first suspected a problem at my first band rehearsal when the volume was louder but thought that maybe it was the electric circuits in our rehearsal space. At the first gig, at our gig volume, I had to stop using the bass after one song because the electronics were so noisy. Took the bass back to where I bought it, they checked it out and said nothing was wrong, maybe it was my cables. Bought all new cables for the next gig and had the same problem, at gig volume the pickups were too noisy to use the bass. Took it back a second time and the store owner agreed to replace the pickups under warranty. After a few weeks I had new pickups, took the bass to my gig and the same problem existed, not as noisy as the first set of pickups but too noisy to use. Back to the music store again where the only resolution was to replace the pickups and electronics. Except this time I replaced with Bartolini. Finally have the bass back and I have a great sounding bass with quiet electronics. I do want to note that prior to my purchase I was aware that the "noiseless pickups" could be a problem and be anything but noiseless. But, being a Fender enthusiast I bought the American Deluxe anyway. If you want a great sounding, dead quiet 18v active bass from Fender, buy the new Dimension bass. The sound of the Dimension far exceeds the stock American Deluxe electronics.
Bassman56 owns this item
The American Deluxe Jazz Bass V is luxury to look, playability or sound. It offers a wide range and variability of sounds suitable for many music genres. I play another bass (an Ibz BTB 605, which is an awesome bass too) too, but the concretness of Deluxe's tone is incomparable and awesome. I cried when I opened the case :-) It's an elegant instrument for life
Gabriel Krokovai owns this item
I have been playing for four decades and own five different fender basses, a Laakland, Rickenbacker 4003, Music Man five string, and a Peavy.
You cannot find a bass that will give you the flexibility of different tones and warmth and deep bottom that the Deluxe jazz will. No matter what I play, I always return to Fender. Nothing like Fender!
bassplayer56 owns this item
I'm from Brazil and got this bass in January 2012. It has always been my dream of consumption. Today, it is a total pleasure whenever I play, regardless of style. Thank Fender ..
callaveraz owns this item
I have always wanted to own an American-made Fender. And now I finally laid my hands on the awesome American Deluxe Jazz Bass natural finish. It was a toss-up between this and the Marcus Miller V but opted for this because, although I am a Marcus Miller fan, the MM V was a bit too "in-your-face". Thanks, Fender.
paramalingam owns this item
I wanted this Bass, first of all because it's gorgeous. I got the natural finish and it's a beautiful instrument. Second of all, you can only get this tone in one place. Fender Jazz. It's a unique tone... "The Funkmaster" I call it. This version, with its 18V preamp lives up to that tone and then some. You can have it passive or active with a flick of a switch to give you more versatility. I got it at a great price and all in all it's worth the money. This is an instrument that you hand down to your kids. The only complaints I have is that it's more susceptible to noise than I would expect. The "Noiseless" pickups are most certainly not noiseless. For being a top of the line model, more care should be taken to shield this instrument. It was a little bit of a handful to get used to coming from an Ibanez, but that's not really a con, per say. I just needed to get used to playing a Fender. Don't hesitate though if you have the dough... Great buy.
axan owns this item
The best all around bass, with lots of tonal capability, amazing wood grain pattern, top class craftmanship and "buttery" feel!! Fender really nailed this one.
This was my first Fender-bass and I dont regret anything. It was much money for me to spend, but this bass is simply awesome!
Every feature is useful, sounds great and feels great.
I already wrote a review in German, here is the link: http://www.musiker-board.de/reviews-bass/505215-bass-fender-american-deluxe-jazzbass-rw-ow-2011-a.html
So, if you can get the money, spend it in this great instrument, you will love it also in 20 years!
AD_JazzBass owns this item
This is my second American Deluxe Jazz, the upgrades are superior, the quality is awesome. I will never play anything else, I am a fender player all the way
tafilmer owns this item
I purchased the white with rosewood neck about 8 months ago. I have, and still own basses from other manufacturers in this price range. I can honestly say the craftsmanship is comparable with my other basses in this range. The difference is in the tone. The Fender American Deluxe Jazz has many tones that can only come from the design and features of this bass. It can sound down low and dirty, to bright, clean, and distinct. It will fill many musical styles. If you've never owned this bass try one through your favorite amp. You will be very pleased!
Gary4 owns this item
The American Deluxe Jazz is for the bass player who wants classic Fender Jazz Tone and a little bit more. You get a little bit more in the onboard preamp's ability to condition the tone and a little bit more in the 22 fret neck.... another E! The shape of the body is sleek and sexy and lighter than the Standard Jazz. And all in all the guitar is sleeker in design and more 'modern' looking. But it's still a Fender Jazz!
BassBignBad owns this item
I wanted a Fender Jazz Bass since I was 14. With hard work and dedication, I finally could afford a Fender, and to my total surprise, the USA Deluxe series was redesigned to my exact dream specs of my wish - the color, the playability, the hardware and electronics - all of them were packed in this bass. So I went ahead and bought the Natural USA Deluxe Jazz Bass in 2010. The playability is astonishing, many fellow bass players from amateur to professional have tried my bass and always wonder how I got the action so low. There are no secrets: it's just an awesome Fender.
vzsozs owns this item
|Model Name:||American Deluxe Jazz Bass®, Maple Fingerboard, Black, 3-Ply B/W/B Pickguard|
|Body Material:||Select Alder|
|Body Shape:||Jazz Bass®|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane Front, Satin Urethane Back|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Neck Binding:||Bound Fingerboard|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.5" (38.1 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Pearloid Block (Maple Fingerboard) or White Pearloid Block (Rosewood Fingerboard)|
|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 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 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) dot inlays, Neck binding|
|Included Accessories:||Cable, Strap, Strap Locks|
|Strap Locks:||Schaller® Strap Lock System|
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