Power Jazz Bass Special
Inspired by the thread http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/who...rt-3-a-750100/ ,
Who else here has a Fender Power Jazz Bass Special?
Tell me your story as to how you came up on this bass.
I bought mine new on a whim (what luck). I used to break strings every weekend. The guy at my local store thought it might be the fault of my T-40 bridge. No such luck. Turns out I just play too hard.
Hi msaone. Long time lurker, first time poster here...
I obtained a Power Jazz Bass Special through craigslist about a month ago. I had actually never heard of them until i came across the ad, but I was looking for a new rock bass, and when i researched the power jazz (i.e. lurked TB), I knew it was just what I was looking for. I contacted the poster, but he didn't reply for some time. After 3 weeks without a reply, I gave up and decided to go with the Kramer D1 Disciple bass, because it was the most "rock" sounding bass available in my price range (other than a typical p bass, which I already have). I picked up the D1 on a Friday, played it all weekend, and really got to like it. Then, on Monday, the craigslister with the PJBS FINALLY emailed me back, saying it was still available. Fortunately, the store I bought the D1 from has a great return policy. I was actually loathe to give it up, as I had really grown to love it for its feel, light weight, even tone, and black and red craziness, but the PJBS was the same price, rarer, and seemed more versatile, so I picked it up and returned the D1.
So far I really like it. It's super flexible, but very unique sounding (based on what other basses I've heard) and the neck feels great. Haven't broken a string yet, and I actually consider myself to be a fairly hard player too.
Cool. Looks like we're the only two. Enjoy!
I owned one briefly, back in the mid-late 90's. BUT, I currently own 2 Jazz Bass Specials (the passive version, w/less body contours). And, I've owned, and gigged one of 'em, every single weekend, for 29 years. She was cared for, but rode real hard, and, she HAD TO BE retired.
Check my profile, I actually own some damn nice basses. This is a pretty bold statement, but, I'll gladly go on record saying that one my "retired" J-Bass Special is actually my best player of all that I own. Now, that's a pretty bold statement, considering. I wish I had kept the Power Jazz. Oh, well, you live & learn.
I got mine when I was tweleve. Im 36 now.
Its got a great action and neck. Never cared for the sound though, so I replaced the pickups with Barts and the pre with an EMG about 15 years ago. It really sounds awesome after that, much more Marcus Miller, much less Duff. Lol. Its not that I hated that sound, I just wanted something to slap, not pick hard, and I couldnt afford a different bass at the time.
Anyway, yeah I love my Jazz Power Special, always will.
Q. Does yours have a high-mass bridge with right angle style saddles or a plate bridge with screw top saddles? Curiously, I have seen them both ways. Mine has a high mass.
Mine has a typical fender style plate bridge. I have come across pics of them with the bridge you have though. Apparently they were made with them for a year or so.
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