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Old 11-22-2012, 10:32 AM
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NBD! American Special Jazz

Greetings! I've been lurking for a while, but now that I have my new bass, I figured it was time to come out of the shadows and share!

Finally, after years of GASing for an American Fender Jazz, she is mine. I spent the last few months reading, deciding, going crazy trying to figure out what color and pickguard combo to get, whether I should order online or buy from a store, did I want a Special or a Standard… Too many things to think about, and I'm sure I drove my wife nuts.

In the end, I just decided to walk into a GC and see what they had on the wall. I wanted to A/B everything I could get my hands on and I would let fate decide everything else. I played AM Standards, Modern Players, Specials, and even a few Squires. The only things that weren't negotiable were that I knew I wanted a Jazz, and I knew I wanted a maple fingerboard. Everything else was fair game.

I don't think I played any basses I didn't like. Each had their own strong points and weak points. The Squire VM and CV lines really impressed me with their value for money. They really felt solid and sounded good. The AM Standards were awfully nice, but at the end of the day I didn't like the glossy neck as much as the satin finishes and I didn't really want to spend the extra dough for the HSC. So, after much debating, it came down to a battle between the AM Specials.

I was set on the black 'n maple color combo, so I A/B'ed the two they had for probably 30 minutes or more. I was being pretty picky by this point, and neither really stood above the other. So, when the sales guy came back in and asked if I needed anything else, I reluctantly pointed to the Candy Apple Red AM Special on the wall and asked to try it "just for giggles." (See, I had actively avoided getting a red bass. My first bass was a bright red Peavey p-bass copy and I just did not want another RED bass. I wanted something more "classic.")

He handed me the CAR and BOOM. I was in love. It is so strange how you just instantly know when you've got the right one. I had to have it. The output, fit and finish, balance, everything was just miles ahead of the two black ones.

So, since the AM Specials were on sale ($300 discount!) I picked her up, and she came home with me. I haven't wanted to put her down since. I am in love.








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Old 11-22-2012, 10:34 AM
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That is an awesome bass, and maple rules.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:42 AM
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That is an awesome bass, and candy apple red rules!
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:43 AM
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Why is your truss rod adjustment at the heel? I could have sworn the American Specials had the adjustment at the head. Did that change recently??
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:04 AM
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That is an awesome bass, and maple rules.
Thanks! This is my first maple board and I absolutely love it.

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That is an awesome bass, and candy apple red rules!
Thanks! If you would have asked me before going into the store, I would have told you that there was NO WAY I was walking out with another red bass. But that CAR is just so darn good looking.

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Why is your truss rod adjustment at the heel? I could have sworn the American Specials had the adjustment at the head. Did that change recently??
I can't speak for Fender's lineup/model changes through the years, but every American Special I've looked at (online and in person) had the adjustment at the heel.

Now I'm off to eat some turkey (and play some bass)!
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:27 AM
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Looks nice.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:31 AM
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Why is your truss rod adjustment at the heel? I could have sworn the American Specials had the adjustment at the head. Did that change recently??
Nope. I have an American Special and they are all in the heel.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:51 AM
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Why is your truss rod adjustment at the heel? I could have sworn the American Specials had the adjustment at the head. Did that change recently??
... anything that has ever used the Posiflex graphite support rods has adjusted at the heel ..
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:02 PM
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Way far cool. Congratulations!
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:44 PM
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Candy Apple Red is a classic color in my book. Nice bass! Enjoy.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:38 PM
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Nice!
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:47 PM
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I love the CAR/MFB. I recently bought an 09 amsp sunburst used with a black PG and RWFB. I am looking into buying an amsp p and want your color combination. It is a beautiful instrument. Enjoy.
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CAR is awesome. Great choice, nice bass. Congrats!
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:05 PM
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nice bass! love me some Fender Jazz. i need to stop loving them so much and buy a P, dammit!
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:48 AM
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Love that headstock.

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Old 11-24-2012, 02:08 AM
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Love the red
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:10 AM
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mint green pickguard (it needs)
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:43 AM
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That thing looks killer! Congrats on the new bass!
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:45 AM
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Very nice - congrats!!!


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Old 11-24-2012, 06:29 AM
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Congrats!! I played a Special that was identical to yours and thought it was a fabulous bass. I compared it to a Geddy Lee model, to an Amercan Standard and couldn't believe how much more kick the Special had compared to the other two. Very punchy pickups.

Maple boards are also killer. Can't figure out why but for some reason they play better.

Enjoy!!
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