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Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass Custom.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hand of Doom, Feb 15, 2012.


  1. Hand of Doom

    Hand of Doom

    Feb 15, 2012
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    Fender Blacktop Jazz Bass, 2 Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders, fully shielded, Red Pearl custom pickguard!
     
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  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I'm sure it kicks all kinds of butt. The stock Backtop Jazz is already a great bass, IMO.:bassist:
     
  4. Nice! I've been dreaming of getting one of the black ones and dropping a pair of QP's in it since the line was introduced.
    :bassist:
     
  5. JMac- Wiskerface Designs

    JMac- Wiskerface Designs Terror headcase dude

    Jul 8, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Looks like pure awesomeness. Nice bass man!
     
  6. KPJ

    KPJ Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    Nice! Did you make the pickguard or did you have someone make it for you?
     
  7. aln413

    aln413

    Jan 23, 2008
    Fontana, Calif.
    Thats bada$$!!! Im sure it sounds amazing!!!
     
  8. Hand of Doom

    Hand of Doom

    Feb 15, 2012
    Nope, had Terrapin Guitars out of Eugene, OR cut it for me... Yeah, it sounds great! So many different tones. I now can get the relative sound of a P-Bass, J-Bass and Rickenbacker with the playability of a J-Bass.
     
  9. Tell us more about this bass! Recordings? More GAS-inducing pics? I would love to get my hands on one of these Blacktop Jazz Basses..
     
  10. parmezans

    parmezans

    Nov 25, 2011
    Please, for the love of god, record yourself with different tones! List your strings, too. Not many recordings of this bass are available and many people are GASing for it. :oops:
     
  11. tdub0199

    tdub0199

    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    I'm liking the redish Pickguard!!!! Here is me & mine....
     

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  12. So I have to ask because I've just recently come back to the Fender scene.....how does the P-Bass pickup sound in the bridge? How is it solo'd and how is it blended with the other neck pickup?
     
  13. KPJ

    KPJ Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    It has a nasally sound, but with a little more punch than a Jazz pickup. Jaco on steroids, as it were. Both pickups together is a beefy, super Jazz sound. There's one for sale in the classifieds, BTW, in the Boston area, too! You could get a good deal!
     
  14. parmezans

    parmezans

    Nov 25, 2011
    Need. Sound samples. Now.
     
  15. parmezans

    parmezans

    Nov 25, 2011
    Bump for the sake of sound samples.
     
  16. I was very skeptical the Blacktop Jazz Bass........until I plugged one in and....WOW!
    It really sounded great.
     
  17. JASON221

    JASON221

    Oct 6, 2011
  18. winndaddy

    winndaddy

    Feb 9, 2011
    I'm curious how much that bad boy weights?
     
  19. parmezans

    parmezans

    Nov 25, 2011
    I tried the Blacktop P and it wasn' too different from the American Standard P. I imagine the J isn't too different from it's standard counterpart. By the way, if anyone is interested, the P is a beast! It has a very sharp tone, I'm sure it would cut through any mix without problems. Worth noting that it had steel rounds on. But the tonal variations aren't something. The tone knob is the only knob that makes a true difference, but even turned to 0, this bass is really sharp. Recommend it to people who play in situations with 2 or more treble instruments.
     
  20. Hand of Doom

    Hand of Doom

    Feb 15, 2012
    Sorry, I haven't responded. Been busy. I'm going to put a hipshot bridge on it pretty soon. I've been using GHS Pressurewounds, and they sound great and add to the versatility. But as far as the tone goes, it varies depending on how you roll the volumes and tone. Totally a fat-yet-airy "Motown"-like sound at the neck pickup with the tone rolled down and the bridge off too. But a reggae sound with the tone rolled off all the way. I usually use the bridge pickup for blending and can get a nice growly tone with plenty of definition that cuts through the band and tends to sit pretty well in the mix depending if I want to ride above the bass drum or hang with the guitar lines. And of course tone quality is dependent of where you play on the instrument. I usually play up around the fretboard or thumb-resting the neck pickup, but every so often will thumb rest the bridge pickup too. It certainly is nice to have options... I'll try and post some recordings soon.
     
  21. Hand of Doom

    Hand of Doom

    Feb 15, 2012
    One place where this bass has problems though is playing in a Jazz context. At times I feel like it's too "punchy" to get a nice smooth walking bass line.
     



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