La puissance et les performances phénoménales de la série Blacktop™ s’invitent dans le monde de la basse avec cette interprétation innovante et audacieuse de la vénérable Jazz Bass. C’est à travers l’avatar le plus singulier de cet instrument que Fender présente aujourd'hui la Jazz Bass Blacktop.Raffinée et surgonflée, cette Jazz Bass Blacktop est équipée de deux micros Precision Bass® splittables qui confèrent aux notes jouées le punch d’un enchaînement gauche-droite direct au visage. Ses autres particularités sont les 3 boutons de réglage propres à la Jazz Bass (un volume pour chaque micro et une tonalité générale) et un chevalet HiMass Blacktop™. Ses caractéristiques comprennent un corps en aulne, un manche en érable avec un profil en C moderne et une finition vernis uréthane, une touche en palissandre avec un radius de 9,5" et 20 frettes jumbo médium, une plaque de protection noir-blanc-noir 3 plis, des mécaniques à engrenages apparents et un accastillage chromé. Disponible en Black et nouveau coloris White Chrome Pearl.
|Model Name:||Blacktop™ Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black|
|Body Shape:||Jazz Bass®|
|Neck Material:||Manche érable|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Profil moderne, forme en C|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (24.1 cm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Sillet en os synthétique|
|Nut Width:||1.5" (38.1 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Incrustation de points blancs.|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Ecrou hexagonal ajustable 3/16" (0,48cm)|
|Neck Plate:||Standard 4 vis.|
|Bridge Pickup:||Blacktop™ Split Single-Coil Precision Bass|
|Neck Pickup:||Blacktop™ Split Single-Coil Precision Bass|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Micro central), Volume 2. (Micro chevalet), tonalité générale|
|Bridge:||4-Saddle Blacktop Adjustable HiMass|
|Tuning Machines:||Mécaniques ouvertes standard.|
|Control Knobs:||Boutons plastiques noirs|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Super 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Tirants)|
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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.
Billlozon owns this item
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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