Fender MIA Standard Jazz Bass V

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  1. adambarringer

    adambarringer

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    Anyone got or had a Fender MIA Standard Jazz Bass V? What do you think? Particularly the low B?

    I've read a few reviews but none of the music shops near me have got one available to try out.
  2. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

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    Superb basses IME, and very consistent as well.
  3. garp

    garp

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    I’ve got a ‘98 in Shoreline Gold (5 in-line tuner arrangement vs. the current 4+1 arrangement). Terrific bass. Bought it used in excellent condition.

    As for the B, it works fine for me. I’ve personally never experienced the so-called “Floppy B” syndrome on a 34"-scale bass, but there are plenty of folks here who would dissent from me on that.
  4. adambarringer

    adambarringer

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    I think I'm going to go for one. Love my IV so sod it. Cheers gentlemen.
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  6. Dragan

    Dragan

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    I love mine 2012 MIA standard V. B is bit floppy when played unplugged but not an issue when plugged and played live or studio. Especially with this box :

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  7. ShoeManiac

    ShoeManiac Supporting Member

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    I put together a 2013 American Std Jazz bass 5 string from a separate loaded neck and a loaded body. The B string sounds fine!

    I get your desire to get some feedback, though. This particular model seems to be stocked by stores far less than other models. Hell, when I got my 2009 American Standard Precision 5 string THAT was a special order. So I'm not surprised that you can't find one to try out.
  8. Tunaman

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    Zombie bump

    Gassing for one of these as I'm having a harder time with slap with my Bongo & Sterling HH due to the pickup in the way.

    Went to GC & loved the standard, didn't like the deluxe (attenuated highs, bland tone). They didnt' have a fiver in stock

    Did the move from 4+1 help the floppy B vs the inline 5 tuners on the headstock?
  9. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

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    I believe the current offerings are pretty darn good! I prefer active basses, but my local shop has an American Jazz V and I play it every time I go in there. It definitely has a certain vibe to it. And of course, you could always add a preamp, inboard or outboard!
  10. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

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    Lol! I didn't even realize this thread was 6 months old! But to address your question, I believe the 4+1 headstock did help, in Fender's case.
  11. Double Agent

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    Not 100% sure, because I have seen some pros using the older 5-in-line headstock and sounding great, but I think it did help when they switched to the 4+1 setup. Or, maybe they just started building them more consistently around the time they switched headstocks, can't say for sure. But, I know that the low B on my MIA Jazz V is as good as any 34" scale 5-string I owned or played. It isn't floppy at all with a .130 B-string, and the notes have clarity which is sometimes difficult when you get into the low B-string. No complaints about mine, it ended my GAS for almost 4 years now and it might just outlast my latest acquisition, which is a 35" scale 5er....its that good.
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  12. Tunaman

    Tunaman Supporting Member

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    Appreciate the report!
  13. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

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    I have two 2013 American Standard V's and they are fantastic instruments. The B on both of mine is great. Take the plunge -- you won't regret it!
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  14. Mike M.

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    What strings do you folks use on your Fender 5 'ers? I also have an AM STD 5 string Jazz bass and will admit I haven't quite found a set with a low B that I was totally in love with. The closest I've come was DR Lo-Riders....on separate occasions I even tried a .125. a .130 and a .135 but nothing that's yet to make me say "the search is over."
  15. Double Agent

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    DR tends to run less "tight" feeling than other brands. I have mainly used Fat Beams on my Jazz with a .130 B string. The B wasn't great, but not terrible either and the set sounds so good on a Jazz that the slightly looser B didn't bother me. I currently have La Bella Stainless Steels (formerly called Hard Rockin Steels) on my Jazz with a .128 B, and the B is much better in that set than any DR I've used, including the Lo Riders. Just avoid the La Bella Rx Stainless as I found those to be horrible.
  16. ShoeManiac

    ShoeManiac Supporting Member

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    I've only had my Am Std Jazz 5 for a few months now. I've got DR High Beams on mine, and I think the B string performs pretty well on that bass.
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  17. skidmarkbass

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    I have had mine since 2008, Great bass, b string is fine. I'm have recently switched back to 4 strings.
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  18. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

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    I like DR's and Sadowsky blacks.

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