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Opinion on these two Jazz basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Siggy, Oct 26, 2013.


Whice of these new basses would you buy?

Poll closed Oct 30, 2013.
  1. MIM Deluxe Active Jazz ($599)

    29 vote(s)
    29.9%
  2. MIM FSR Jazz ($399)

    68 vote(s)
    70.1%
  1. Siggy

    Siggy Supporting Member

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    Hi fellow TBer's,

    I am looking for opinions on Fender Jazz basses.

    I am probably like a lot of the members here and like to try out different basses. I buy, sell, and trade used basses with the idea of playing a lot of basses and when I sell one I won't lose my shirt in the transaction. Lately I have been thinking about picking up a Fender Jazz again.

    I stopped by GC the other day to check out their used selection.

    They currently have a MIM Deluxe Active Jazz Bass that I like for $599

    http://www.fender.com/series/deluxe...rd-vintage-white-4-ply-brown-shell-pickguard/

    It's in very nice condition and I can get it for $509

    I am also interested in the FSR Jazz that sells for $499 new

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/fender-fsr-standard-j-bass?src=3WBZ4DS&CA_6C15C=16034991

    Now here is the thing. I have a MF Coupon for 20% off on new gear the expires on Oct 31st . Which means that I can buy a new MIM Deluxe Active Jazz Bass For $599. Or a new FSR Jazz for $399.

    I haven't seen/played the FSR Jazz and don't know much about them and the only experience with the Deluxe Active is the used one at GC.

    I am interested in your opinions on these two basses.
     
  2. garp

    garp

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    Both are terrific instruments. The FSR is basically an MIM Standard with a natural finish body, exclusive to GC.

    I’m going to go with the FSR. Reason being is that, IMHO, if you’re only going to own one Jazz, it should be a passive instrument. I’m fortunate enough to own a Standard Jazz and a Deluxe Active Jazz, but if I had to get rid of one, I’d keep the Standard.
     
  3. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

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    For me it would come down to the simple fact that I use passive basses ... with resale as a key point, simply do your research and find out what each are currently selling for in the used market ... also, be careful in your choice of color should you opt for the active model, that could have an impact on your appeal at resale time also ...

    .. that nat finish passive Jazz has been around a while, and seems to have a good following .. the couple I had were pretty heavy though, but they get plenty of love around here ...JMHO's
     
  4. Humbled

    Humbled Supporting Member

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    Is this available somewhere where I might get one, or is it one of those "we miss you..." coupons that they email out on occasion?
     
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  6. skwee

    skwee

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    I would also probably go for the passive instrument.
     
  7. Mtnman

    Mtnman

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    I went with the FSR for two reasons: passive and ash.
     
  8. RyanJD

    RyanJD Supporting Member

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    I love my FSR.
    The Swamp Ash and Tort. So classy.
     
  9. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

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    It might not apply. Check for any "coupon exclusions". A lot of manufacturers do not want coupons to discount their instruments. Fender/Squier always pops up on this list. Now, that's not to say they won't apply it anyway, but make some calls first. The worst they can do is say "No".
     
  10. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

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    Passive - all the way. The active electronics are not worth the $200. You can get a much better OBP for almost 1/2 that.
     
  11. bigmoosepi

    bigmoosepi

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    I'd rather the FSR just because I don't like active basses.
     
  12. JellinWellen

    JellinWellen

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    Most employees at GC aren't competent enough to know what coupons are valid and what aren't. They had an 899$ MIA P marked down to 699$ on sale, I then presented them with a 100$ off anything 500 or over coupon and they applied it to the 699$ making it 599$.
     
  13. AaronVonRock

    AaronVonRock

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    I'd go with the passive bass since I don't like active ones.
     
  14. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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    I also prefer passive jazz basses so I would go for the FSR. The price is great and the natural ash body looks nice! If later on you decide you want to try active you could always put an Audere preamp in it. You can pick those up used for around $100.
     
  15. Rusty G String

    Rusty G String

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    I played a ton of jazzes a couple weeks ago. The MIM standard was my number one with the FSR being a close second. The neck on the MIM felt a little better to me because of the finish. I prefer passive basses, but they're both great.
     
  16. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    Another vote for passive.
     
  17. malthumb

    malthumb Supporting Member

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    Why all the focus on passive? Honest question. I started playing way back when almost all basses were passive. I am now at a point where all my instruments are active. One has an active switch, but I am usually in active mode on that bass. Is it just the "I don't wanna worry about the battery" aspect or is it something else.

    In my experience, the employees' intelligence or lack thereof is not an issue. The coupons have a code that will not let them be applied to a non-conforming product without override by a department manager. I bought an Epiphone Casino for one of my sons a while back. Made an offer for the floor model that the manager accepted verbally. He tried to use the then current coupon but the computer wouldn't allow it for the SKU on that guitar, so he had to finagle some other offers and wound up selling me the guitar for LESS than our agreed upon price because that was the only way he could push it through the system.....and he was the manager!
     
  18. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

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    Passive for sure. I could survive the rest of my life and be totally happy and gig anywhere with one passive jazzbass. OK two, need a 5 also.
     
  19. garp

    garp

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    I guess I’m just a purist. Despite all of the tweaking done to the Jazz since 1960, I still prefer the tonal characteristics of the original design. In fact, I wish the Deluxe had an active/passive switch on it, and have thought about making that mod myself.

    I also have a couple of non-Fender active basses that I like a lot, so I have no animosity towards batteries. But when it comes to Fenders, most of my tone shaping is done at the power-amp stage.
     
  20. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

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    I like active on board preamps. Most of my basses have them, and all of them have switches to disable the pre and run passive. But in this case, a $200 upcharge is just too much, if that's the only difference. You can get better preamps for a little more than 1/2 that amount.
     
  21. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

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    I like both passives and actives - I've owned several of those active jazz deluxes, and highly recommend them... they sound great, and are very versatile... My thoughts are, the active jazz deluxe will sound great right out of the box - whereas, *I* would probably change the pups on the FSR to get it to sound as good - so, the price difference narrows at the point... I really like the pups that were original in the '08-'11 American Standard Jazz basses, and found a source for them for around $85...

    If it were me, I'd buy a used active jazz deluxe for $300-$350, and call it a day - you can find them on GC's used gear pages all day long... The positive of this approach is you have 30 days to make a return if you want, you save some money, AND get the benefit of a neck that's aged a bit - it's more likely to stay where it's at after a couple of years, whereas a new neck sometimes doesn't...


    - georgestrings
     

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