Fender American Jazz vs Deluxe model
I am about to get an American Fender Jazz; should I go for the Deluxe model for the extra hundreds; will the difference be noticeable?
The Deluxe is an active bass. The standard is passive. You should read up on the differences - lots of threads here on them.
I've got the jazz deluxe. Great bass IMHO. However, if you get the passive jazz and you wanted to 'activate" it some you could also get a pre-amp of your choice.
The deluxe has noiseless pickups which don't sound like single coils, in my opinion. But they do sound good.
The regular Standard has single coils.
Basically, what LAbassguy said.
What sort of sounds are you going for?
I recently purchased a stock 2012 Am Std jazz and it it the best-sounding jazz bass I have ever laid my hands on. It has THE sound of the jazz bass that I hear it in my head. I simply can not imagine a better sounding jazz bass.
It is a beautifully constructed, great sounding instrument and the 60-cycle hum associated with the single coils pickups is quite negligible.
If you like active sounds, then go for the deluxe, but be aware that it will sound slightly different.
BUT....If you dig the sound of a good jazz bass, then get an American Standard. It has the tone my friend...THE TONE.
I could not recommend this bass more highly. Every time I play it, I go... "YEAH!!!"
I've not played a deluxe, but couldn't imagine it sounding any better than the standard: just different.
To give you some idea, I have a Sadowsky metro UV 70 5 string with the noiseless pickups (active/passive).
Now the Metro is a GREAT sounding bass, but it does not in my view, sound a good as this passive Am Std Jazz.
What more can I say ? Good luck and enjoy whatever you get.
I have a 2011 Jazz Deluxe. It sounds ok but not quite like a passive jazz even when in passive mode. I also notice a significant drop in output when I switch to passive. My other passive basses are much louder than the jazz deluxe is while in passive mode. I recently made the decision to remove the pickups and circuitry and switch it to strictly a passive bass. I purchased Lindy Fralin pickups over wound 8%, new pots and capacitors. I plan on converting it this weekend when I have more time.
I have a 2010 and 2012 AmStd J and a 2012 AmDeluxe. It's a matter of preference, really. All are extremely well-made instruments. But I just love the Deluxe. I feel that it retains a Jazz Bass tone but can be made to sound less thin than a passive J. Just my 2¢.
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