American Deluxe Jazz - what're all these knobs for?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thunderbyrd, Dec 13, 2012.


  1. thunderbyrd

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    howdy: i just scored an american deluxe jazz bass, not the model fender makes now, but one from about 10 yrs ago, i think. here's a link to some pictures of it:

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/bass-place/367727-nbd.html

    i am mixed up about these knobs: the one closest to the neck is a master volume. next is a knob that pans between pick-ups (i think). the next is a stacked knob and i ain't got a clue. last is a smaller knob and it mystifies me also. it just seems to lower the volume, tho not all the way.

    the bass has active pick-ups and i don't know alot about them, either. they say "scn" in tiny letters. any enlightenment you care to share is appreciated!
  2. thunderbyrd

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    wow, this forum moves fast! bump back to the top... for a couple of minutes.
  3. mellowinman

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    Master Volume, Pan Pot (pickup selector), Treble Boost/Cut, Midrange Boost/Cut, Bass Boost/Cut, Active/Passive Mini Toggle
  4. awilkie84

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    Controls as Mellow stated are ALMOST correct.
    1st knob - Master Volume
    2nd knob - Blend pot for Pick-up selection
    3rd knob - Treble Boost/cut (top) Bass Boost/cut (bottom)
    2-way Mini-toggle - Active/Passive selector
    4th knob - Mid Cut/boost (top) Passive Tone control (bottom)
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  6. thunderbyrd

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    this bass doesn't have any toggle switches at all and the 3d knob is the only stacked knob. the 4th knob is smaller than the others. i took one of the batteries out to see if it would work passively, but no go. complete silence on all settings without the battery - which as far as i know is the way all active systems work. i was hoping there was a way to use it with no batterys at all, but apparently not.
  7. awilkie84

    awilkie84 Supporting Member

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    Ah, I missed the part about 10 years ago. It looks like it has the system that the current Mexican Active Deluxe haS.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    You can always check Fender owner's manuals online, too.
  9. thunderbyrd

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    yes, that looks to be the set-up. so the little knob sort of pans between active and passive. you can play passive, then dial in the active sound to raise volume and change tone.

    i need to check out the fender manual as mentioned above, but this ain't their present model so it might not be there anymore.
  10. Kenzy

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    1st- Volume
    2nd- Pickup Selector
    3rd top- Treble cut/boost
    3rd bottom- Bass cut/boost
    4th- Mid cut/boost
  11. portlandguy

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    turn the volume all the way up, the rest set all flat.
  12. Kenzy

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    I'm almost sure this is it. Hope that helps.
  13. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

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    If it's a stock Fender than thats the set-up, no question about. No passive tone control. 18 volt.
    Samarium Cobalt Pickups. Nice bass, I had two. Fender changed the pre-amp for 2010.
  14. talknbass bro

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    The knobs should be:
    Master volume, pickup selector pan knob, treble (top) and bass boost/cut (bottom) stacked knobs, mid boost/cut knob. There shouldn't be a toggle switch if it is the same version I am thinking of. The schematics are also available on the fender.com website as well if you want to check out the specs.
    Hope this helps.
  15. Wyattsgroove

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    Nice bass! I had the same one only with a maple board. I regret selling it. Was a 2004.
    If you mess with the stacked pot (3rd one) you can cop many tones, from vintage to modern. I loved that bass! It cut through a mix like a hot knife through butter. It just got me into trouble because it played so easy that I wanted to solo it too much. Lol.

    It has a smaller body than a STD jazz and the neck profile is slick and fast.
    I used to get so many compliments on my tone with that bass. I may just have to look into getting me a new one, just a fiver. The new deluxe's are killer as well, BNB, yes please.

    Play the heck outta your new bass and remember to keep 2 9v batteries in your case at all times!

    Peace,
    WG.
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  17. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Bingo.
  18. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

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    Master treble
    Treble balance
    High treble
    Mid high treble
    Mid treble
    Low treble
  19. Kenzy

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    +1 :D

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