I have a 2000 Am Deluxe in natural ash with the same tuners you describe.
the tuners are Schaller brand, these tuners are very similar to the hipshot ultralites. The plastic you see are simply covers over the chrome gears, dont worry, there aren't any other plastic parts in there, I assure you they're very solid. they are awesome tuners, probably the best I've ever had on a fender.
the noisless pickups are great, I read somewhere that they're designed by Bill Lawrence who makes great stuff. I think they might be stacked coils but i'm not 100% on that. All I know is that they have tone for days, especially when combined with the ash body.
the bass is lighter due to the fact that ash just tends to be lighter than alder. in addition, the am. deluxes from 2000 to about 2004 or 5 have a slightly smaller body to accommodate the extra frets.
it's seriously an awesome bass, if you have found one for a good deal I would go for it.
I've owned several basses since this one and I always seem to find myself going back to this one.
hope this helps!
2000 American Deluxe Fender Jazz Bass V - Natural Ash
2010 MIJ Geddy Lee Fender Jazz Bass - Black
Last edited by WesJett : 06-18-2013 at 09:00 AM.