Originally Posted by barandascaio
Aerodyne is a good choice?
A good choice? In my opinion, yes. But it doesn't meet all the needs you originally asked for. To address your original points;
Is it a passive P/J configuration? Yes.
It's a Jazz neck and a Jazz body. You were looking for a Precision neck and body, yes?
Your other point was cost. Right now they're being sold for $700. Normally it's $800, but Fender/Squier are having a sale on their guitars and basses. The more expensive the model, the higher the discount. The Aerodyne Jazz is getting $100 off the usual street price. I don't know how long this sale is going to last.
Some other facts; compared to other Jazz basses, it's got a slimmer body so it weighs a little bit less. The glossy black looks great, but it shows fingerprints very well (keep a polishing cloth handy). Now, onto my personal opinions;
I love it. My Aerodyne was my first bass, so that makes it even more special to me.
On sound and tone, I enjoy the P/J configuration.
I love Jazz bodies and necks. The Stratocaster-style output jack and smoked chrome hardware adds some very nice touches. With the glossy black and cream binding on the body it looks really, really cool!
At a glance, it's distinctive looks makes it stand out from other basses. It's an incredibly classy bass. Check out the picture gallery on Fender's Aerodyne page.
When I first got it, I took it to two different music stores for set-up and gear. Both times
someone working there stopped dead in their tracks and said, "Is that an Aerodyne?!", then came over for a closer look. This told me I had gotten something special.
All that opinion aside, I hope you find something you love. Have a great trip up here to the States. Safe journey!