Growliest Fender Jazz for under $900

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sideFX, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. sideFX


    Feb 14, 2013
    I'm considering buying a new Fender Jazz bass, so which one is has the most growl?

    No PU changes or anything, just stock, out of the box.

    I'm after this tone in particular.

  2. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    Strings and signal chain also play a big role, those videos definitely have some added grit to the signal.

    Any reason you are dead set on buying new? You'll get exponentially more value for your money buying used
  3. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Syracuse, NY
    My '07 Geddy direct into the computer with everything on the bass maxed sounds like Tom Waits' singing, gravelly.
  4. sideFX


    Feb 14, 2013
    That's not so true about buying used where I'm at. Unfortunately I live in a small town in the country and all those who sell basses & gear are located 120km(75 miles) away from me, so I can't justify multiple trips back and forth just to see and test the used gear.
    Besides that there's not much stuff for sale in my country anyway and buying from ebay from the U.S results in $100-120 shipping cost plus 30-40% in added taxes at import.

    At the moment I'm in between the classic 60s, the classic 70s and the Geddy Lee, will buy from Thomann Germany.
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  6. Oh the Classic Fender Jazz GROWL!!! I LOVE IT.
  7. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    For that price I recommend a Geddy.
  8. WaskoDS


    Nov 22, 2009
    Allentown, PA
    Get a SansAmp Bass Driver DI, the person in the second example you posted is using one, as per the description. That plus any Jazz Bass with roundwounds and a good setup is gonna get you there.
  9. sideFX


    Feb 14, 2013
  10. Tamey75


    Sep 4, 2010
    I would have to Say the Aerodyn Jazz Bass sleek but gritty
  11. sideFX


    Feb 14, 2013
    Yeah I've seen it in the description but I can't afford a Bass Driver DI at the moment, neither buying replacement pu's, that's why in my initial post I asked for the closest thing to this tone from an all new stock bass.
  12. Dbt25677


    Jun 9, 2013
    Idk man check em out.
    Go to a local store and see what they got, Find what you like.
  13. Toptube


    Feb 9, 2009
    the other thing to consider is that most of the people in those videos are probably using a lot of tone shaping either via their amps, pedals, or both. See: what you hear is not just the bass ; )
  14. sideFX


    Feb 14, 2013
    That's the problem, there's no store close to me, I have to travel 3 hours for the closest one.


    Aug 8, 2013
    I have a newer Fender Standard Jazz Bass MIM that I use over my 2 American basses. Growly as a Grizzly
  16. Bassbubble11

    Bassbubble11 Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    West Babylon, New York
    I'm confused. You are asking about $900 basses but
    you can't afford a BDDI.

    Buy a $500 bass, a BDDI AND pups. Have it all for under $900.

    If you want fender on the headstock get a MIM Jazz.
  17. I concur, the newer MIM's are seriously GROWLY! Neck pot 8 other pots full, and dial in your amp...GROWL!
  18. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    I'd get a used American fender jazz. I see them on CL all the time for around $800. Try to shoot for an '08 or newer. Then grab a dirt pedal as suggested above.
  19. sideFX


    Feb 14, 2013
    Ok, I should clarify that I'm willing to spend my money on a good bass, one that will stay with me for years.

    I can't afford to spend any more on anything else, and I don't wanna buy a MIM standard. I'm not considering the American standard either, way too expensive here ($1800).

    All 3 of the basses that I'm considering are MIM (classic 60s , 70s, Geddy - all cost between $1100-1250) I just don't want to buy the standard one (which is also too expensive fwiw @ $865).

    edit: BDDI costs $380 and the cheapest pups start from $160

    Unfortunately prices in the US don't equal prices for the exact same gear in other countries...
  20. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    Where is here? Maybe that would help us make suggestions.
  21. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I bet I could build one for under $300.