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New Respect for Fender (MIA Deluxe Jazz 5er)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Baird6869, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    I have always loved my Fenders.

    I have gone thru Sadowsky, Roscoe, Musicman, Gibson and dozens of other "phases", but I have always been a Fender guy at heart. Still love playing my '74 P and '73 Jazz, but my tastes have gone more modern (and 5 string as a strong preference) as of late.

    My go to basses lately have been a brand new Fodera Emperor, a MTD 535 and a USA Spector Forte 5.... The Spector had to go as 12lbs is just stupid for a bass.

    Traded the Spector for a 2012 Fender American Jazz Deluxe 5er and a bunch of $$$ and figured i would flip the Fender within days and buy a Sadowsky, Lull or Alleva Coppolo.....

    Long story short.... These American Deluxe basses are killer! The asymmetrical necks are great and the PU and active pre are amazing sounding and I haven't heard any 60 cycle hum.

    The fit and finish of the bass is very high quality. Better than the 5 2008+ American Standard P&J's I have owned as well as my 50th Anni American Jazz.

    In any case, this is likely a keeper. On par quality wise as any Sadowsky Metro I have played.

    I will post pics later but it is basically a 5 string "Geddy" with black PU.

    Pic added:

    It is the one on the right.:D
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  2. Tunaman

    Tunaman Supporting Member

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    Congrats man, you're lucky my Sterling 4HH hasn't sold or I would have been all over that
  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I would love one of the new Deluxe V Jazzes.
  4. M Sterling

    M Sterling Supporting Member

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    I just got one new and I agree on all points, except mine has an insane amount of noise when in active mode. It probably just needs some shielding. Other than that, I really love this bass. I was very surprised by the sound.
  5. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

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    The American Deluxe V's are excellent instruments. I just played a 2007 today at Bass San Diego and the neck was very similar to a Metro MV5. The newer basses do have somewhat noisy electronics however. I've owned 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2102. Each was a great playing bass with a versatile J-Bass tone. A new 2012 V with an electronics swap will give you an instrument that is on par with a Sadowsky (IMHO)
  6. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Good points.

    I owned a 2007 Deluxe 5er (amber with rosewood) and it was really nice but the 2012 is better IMO. Better bridge, better tuners, better neck (rolled edges and definitely more of a asymmetric feel..... Also, dead quiet. Maybe I just got lucky as I have heard nightmares about the lack of shielding.

    I agree the neck is likes MV5. I think the Fender is a bit thinner (front to back) and the Metro neck is wider (across the FB).

    In any case, killer bass.
  7. BassNGuns

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    I have the same one and totally love it.
    Best bass I've ever owned. :)
  8. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Just ABed my old 1973 with the new Deluxe, and the Deluxe in passive mode is very close to the '73.... But more compressed and a little more modern sounding. Still a Jazz.

    The Deluxe is definitely a keeper!

    P.s. YES, the 1973 neck IS as thin as it looks!


    Here are the basses in question.....

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  9. Kmonk

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    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Fender and Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I also traded a Spector for an MIA Jazz Deluxe. Mine is a 4 string 2011. It is one of the best basses I have ever owned.
  10. pkazzo

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    Gotta agree on this 2012 am dlx 5er.
    Fender got it perfect on the fit, finish, and jazz sounding fury. (Dead quiet in active)
    I really didn't think I would love this bass as much as I do.
  11. Jheake

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    I own a 2011 Natural ash American Deluxe 5er and had it up for sale for a couple days because I was afraid I would never get used to a 5 string. A good friend of mine persuaded me to take the add down and just order a 4 string.

    Just when I was going to, my little brother beat me to it and ordered me one.
    It gets here monday.

    He got me the Olympic white with Rosewood in a 4 string model. Now Im set!
  12. fish slapper

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    Gotta add to the love of this thread. Mine's a '07, amber tint with tort pickguard. The fit and finish is amazing and like stated above, the pups and the pre are dead quiet. It took a couple trips to the tech to correct the awful Guitard Center set up, but since then its been a dream.
  13. pbass6811

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    Thanks for the mini-review. It's the next one on my list...:bassist:
  14. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    I am so impressed with this bass.

    For $1699 new ($1200-1300 used), it is an amazing value. Not cheap, but the bass is flawless and the PU/pre sound great!

    I need to do a full set with it tomorrow night, but I think this bass is a keeper!
  15. Jheake

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    I owned the same exact bass as you, an 07american Dlx J 4 with an Amber finish and tort guard. I should have never parted with it. That bass played amazing and it had some of the lowest action of any bass I have ever played.

    I think the newer versions sound better though. Not that the previous model sounded bad in anyway.
  16. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    I played the Fender Deluxe 5er for one set and I am super impressed.

    Really great sounding bass. Keeper for sure.

    The other bass I used was a Fodera, and the Fender sounded pretty damned good in comparison. The a fodera sounded a bit better, but it cost a ton more $$$$, so it should!
  17. P. Aaron

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    Congrats on your new bass. Looks very nice too.
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    That bass sounds killer man, im glad you're digging it!
  19. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Thanks man. Back at you with the Forte!:bassist:
  20. Wyattsgroove

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    Any of the MIA deluxe basses and guitars I've ever owned and or tried out have been top notch. I regret selling the 04 jazz I had. It was special. It was the bass that got me back into fender. I have to admit that if I'd never picked up the deluxe jazz that I'd be playing another brand today.

    Great instruments.

    Congrats on your new bass.

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