The current American Deluxe Jazz bass has the noiseless N3 pickups and do sound different than the American Standard. I have owned both. The American standard now has the CS 60's pickup which has a more vintage tone. The American Deluxe tone is a more balanced, a little less midrange but with a good strong low end. I had no problems with the Deluxe tone, and had one local music critic say that that particular instrument had one of the best tones that he had heard. I only sold it as I don't play a 5er much anymore.