Modern Player Jazz Bass®

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Model #: 0241600500

Modern Player Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst $699.99

0241600500

Modern Player Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Olympic White $499.99

0241600505

Modern Player Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black Transparent $499.99

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Modern Player Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst

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Throughout its history, Fender® has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic™, Mustang® and Musicmaster™ models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on our most revered instruments-all with outstandingly attainable value.

The Modern Player Jazz Bass® is a volcanic new take on the time-honored Jazz Bass thanks to its dual Modern Player humbucking Jazz Bass pickups. Other features include an alder body, C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fretboard with 9.5" radius and 20 jumbo frets, three-ply pickguard, vintage-style four-saddle bridge with brass saddles, open-gear tuners and nickel/chrome hardware. Available in Three-color Sunburst, Olympic White and Black Transparent.

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Absolutely Incredible!

(5.0)
jonners98 on January 6, 2014 (updated January 6, 2014)
Semi-Professional Blues Gospel Funk Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Folk Reggae / Ska

After looking through various basses at around £600, i could not find anything that completely suited me - the closest i got was the blacktop jazz. I wanted a bass with a slim, jazz bass neck, yet i wanted more power in the low-end than a traditional jazz. I still, however, liked the sharp definiton of the jazz bass, but, as i said, with more low-end punch.
I'd avoided this bass as i felt it was too low in price to be a worthwhile upgrade from my £280 bass. When i saw it at my local music shop, however, i decided to give it a go.
I WAS BLOWN AWAY. This bass felt better than any of the £600 basses i'd tried and sounded incredible.
It features a classic jazz bass neck, heavily lacquered (may not be your thing, but I like it), a classic jazz bass body with traditional controls (vol [middle pu], vol [bridge pu] and master tone], and two awesome humbucker pickups.
These pickups are exactly what i had been searching for. They supplied a classic, articulate jazz bass sound, perfect for slap bass or jazz soloing, yet with much more low-end power than the single coils of a traditional jazz. This meant i could use it for anything, from classic finger funk to solid rock - truly awesome! These pickups are also very high-output, meaning volume is never a problem!
All in all, an awesome bass that provides the best of both worlds for a bassist who needs more power in their jazz bass sound! Built quality is second to none and i can barely fault this bass....definitely worth more than it costs!

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Fender The Only name in Bass

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choward129 on January 4, 2014
Semi-Professional Blues R&B Gospel Funk Jazz Pop Rock

The Modern Player is the 5th bass that I have owned but the First Fender . The bass was ready to go straight out of the box great action and very easy to play. I might have to learn to play again with such a great instrument . Just incredible how the bass responds to touch.

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This Thing Rocks

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guido on November 10, 2013
Professional Blues Alternative Rock Classic Rock

A friend of mine has a 19 year old son, who plays guitar, but wants a bass. We went looking for basses, I really thought he would go for the Black and Red Jaguar Bass. He loves to play mine and has bugged me to sell it.
We looked at a Jaguar Bass and MIM Precisions and Jazz Basses. He saw this and said, "That's Her"
Off the rack there was no setup at all, the strings were half an inch off the neck at the 17 fret. I kind of gave the salesguy a hard time, How can you sell an instrument that plays terrible and not in tune, I borrowed 2 allen wrenches and gave it a quick tweak on the truss rod and lowered the action. I got it to where it was playable, not perfect but in 3 minutes it was 1000 times better. My friend played it, then I gave it a shot. We plugged into a giant ampeg, I prefer Fender Amps, This is one of those basses that I usually ignore, I didn't like the color and the dual pickups kill the look. I was very impressed. It was fairly light, the grain pattern of the wood was nice....The neck was To Die For, It had the tinted thick glossy finish like the Fender Japan and Korea models from the 80s had.
I prefer a little more snap and top end, that's why I shy away from the humbucking jazz pickups. This bass sounded very good, not as bright but quite useable.
We worked a deal and got a nice fender gig bag thrown in because this bass was unplayable off the rack. When I got it home I went over the bass, the tuners were slightly loose and the jack was finger tight. Not the worse I have seen, but I always go over an instrument when I get it home.
For a bass I wouldn't even give the time of day to, I was pleasantly surprised. The finish was top notch hardware and controls were good, lighter than average, and a killer neck. I might just buy one myself

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This bass is the best for the money!!!

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chase roeder on August 23, 2013 (updated August 23, 2013)
Amateur Blues Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Folk Country Bluegrass Punk

I really like Jazz basses, but they are normally $1,000 for a good one. The basses that are 300, 400 and 500 are normally Squier. They don't feel as good as a Fender Jazz. This bass feels like a a $1,000 dollar bass but it is 500 dollars! The tuning pegs stay in tune for a long time, if you do a good amount of playing. The pick-ups are one of the clearest pick-ups I have played on a 500 dollar bass. The bass has a good weight to it, but you get my point I can go on about this bass. If you are looking for a great Jazz Bass, no more looking! it can do the low end, the mid and the high end. Some of the 1,000 dollar basses did not have the best bridge, it looks like a bent piece of metal. This one is a thick pick of metal making sure that strings are not going any where! best Jazz bass for the money.

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Fantastic Bass!

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KrisManzelli on June 24, 2013
Professional Blues Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Punk

The title says everything, this bass is fantastic. I tried this piece of craftsmanship out at my local Sam Ash while looking for a new bass for the group I'm with now and I was blown away, nothing seemed to match the sound I was looking for. However, before buying I went home and did some research online before dropping $500 on a Chinese made bass. I like to look at the negative reviews online to see where the weaknesses in the instruments I'm buying are. I was shocked to find the worst review online was 3 out of 5 stars. And that 3 out of 5 stars was your usual brand snob who was happy with the bass just not the name. This bass looks and feels great! The neck is so smooth and the whole shabam is just plain sexy. You can play it all with this bass. It's unique sound let's you do anything you want from blues to heavy metal. And it's pick-ups make it unlike any bass I've played before. The bass can take a beating too, I use it as my primary bass for gigging, she's been through hell and back and still going strong. I purchased the Transparent black model and it just looks amazing. Fender's Modern Player series is great for musicians, giving us great classic instruments with a ballsier tone.

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Outstanding Jazz bass (incredibly cheap, too)

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colinjpush on April 15, 2013
Amateur Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

I got this for my birthday last year as my second bass guitar (my first REAL bass guitar - I have a cheap $250 Dean Edge 09 bass in mahogany) and what an incredible choice I made! In fact, I was browsing through my local music store for some bass tab books and saw a used Olympic white Fender Jazz bass for about $200, which is what I set my mind on to buy the following next week for my upcoming birthday. The week I went to get it, I found out that someone bought it, so I went looking for another cheap Fender Jazz bass. I saw a black Standard Jazz bass that was pretty cheap, but I saw a brand-new, just shipped 3-color sunburst Modern Player Jazz bass sitting right in front of it, about $150 cheaper than the Standard Jazz bass I saw. I took it down and plugged it in to the nearest amp and cranked out some Who tunes and some Zeppelin tunes and was blown away by the deeper, more ballsy sound than a regular Jazz bass. I haven't bought another bass since; I'm so blown away by this one I don't think I need another one (though I'll probably get another Fender bass sooner or later).

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So good i had to do a review!

(5.0)
nicebassbro on March 7, 2013 (updated March 7, 2013)
Semi-Professional Alternative Rock Pop Rock Punk

Well let me start by saying this bass is worth every single penny. I looked at a few MIM Jazz basses & I almost got the standard ash, until I noticed that the neck had a slight twist in it. I also looked at a few other MIM standard jazz basses and I was not impressed by the overall craftsmanship. Rough frets sticking out of the neck and just an overall rough jagged feel to the MIM. So at this point I was kind of discouraged. I love fender - it's all I have ever wanted to play and all I have ever pretty much played. The only other basses that I saw by fender were the made in America which are very very nice! However it just wasn't in my budget. Then when I was about to give up, I saw a white fender modern play kind of tucked away at the back of the bass room (I was in guitar center) I took it down and started to play it. wow, this thing feels so nice, and looks just as nice. It put the MIM to shame and was 100 dollars less. (I don't mean to talk bad about MIM products, but I'm sorry they are just greatly lacking in quality). So I decided pretty much on the spot that this would make a great solid backup bass. So I bought it along with a really nice SKB hardshell case. Last night I had band practice, I started out by playing this before my main player which is a Fender American standard jazz bass. So I played my modern player for half of the practice, and then I switched to my American standard. What I am about to say is the honest truth. I like the modern player bass more than my American standard. There I said it, and is true. The oversea's fender products have really proven to be some amazing quality instruments for the price. I still think nothing beats an American standard fender. I have to say though, this thing comes in a very close second, if not tied. So get this bass while you have the chance. you won't regret it. it's very versatile and over all a great bass.

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Fender Modern Player Jazz Bass

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spastronaut on February 20, 2013 (updated February 20, 2013)
Professional Blues Alternative Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Punk

Made in China, EXTREMELY impressed with the quality and tone of this bass guitar! Many people think that this bass is only for the one style of music, but with as little as just changing the strings you can definitely play ANYTHING from punk rock to blues on this particular bass. I recommend this instrument for someone in a band for the stage or for the studio. You can get an amazing tone from this bass by plugging it into an ampeg amp, and tweaking some knobs, as I found this the best way to get the true tone out this instrument. However, having said positive comments, I was disappointed to see a bit of a sloppy paint job around the corner of where the back pickup sits. Its not really noticeable, but it was disappointed - but when can you expect from a Chinese factory? To sum it all up, this bass was definitely a winner, as is definitely worth the price!

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Best Fender Bass for the money

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Harry Puckering on February 19, 2013
Semi-Professional Jazz Folk

Having played guitar and bass for 33 years, and specialized in the low end for more then 15 years, I thought I knew what I wanted, and it was a Fender Roscoe Beck four string. I wanted the neck, shape and balance of my Jazz, but without the single coil hums. My Jazz was also heavy (a Japanese 75 reissue in natural Ash that weighed a ton) and I wanted the light solidity of my Sting Precision, which had had its single pickup upgraded and the electrics fully shielded.

But then I found the Modern Player Jazz. Two humbuckers, each completely noise free, even in the messy studios and venues I work in. Thicker, rounder tone than a straight Jazz. More flexible and breathy than a Precision. Nice growl when you need it. Good balance and low weight. Familiar logical controls. Great tonewoods and a flawless high gloss finish. After three months of playing I've only encountered one minor niggle: the spring in the bridge saddle for the E string is too short and rattles. When I get round to changing the strings (to flatwounds: that's how I roll) I'll fit a longer spring.

Chinese made of course, which some players get sniffy about. Made in the same factories as the Squier Classic Vibes, which are extraordinary VFM. One salesperson I spoke to said he loved the Squier CVs but thought the Fender MPs were a step too far... For years I've played Japanese and Korean instruments, but the Chinese are now making instruments pretty much as good, at far lower prices.

And all for under £400 new with a full guarantee, bought from my friendly neighborhood guitar store, when the nearest Roscoe Beck (unsold old stock as it's no longer manufactured) is in Amsterdam for more than £1500.

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General
Model Name: Modern Player Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst
Model Number: 0241600500
Series: Modern Player
Advertised Price: $699.99
Color: 3-Color Sunburst

Body

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

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 20
Fret Size: 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

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Modern Player Humbucking Jazz Bass
Middle Pickup: Modern Player Humbucking Jazz Bass
Controls: Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone
Pickup Configuration: HH

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 4-Saddle Vintage-Style with Brass Saddles
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines: Standard Open-Gear
Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Black Plastic

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Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA Bass 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Gauges)
  • Modern Player Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst

    #0241600500

    $699.99

  • Modern Player Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Olympic White

    #0241600505

    $499.99

  • Modern Player Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black Transparent

    #0241600539

    $499.99