'08 MIA Fender Jazz 5 vs. Rumblefish 5L??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sojourner, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. Kicking this one around... What are the differences (aside from the obvious aesthetic ones) between one of the new '08 MIA Fender Jazz 5's versus something like a Rumblefish 5L? Tonally, playability, versatility, etc. Obviously you see a ton more Fender's around, but the word on the 'Fishes is just grand from what I hear, too. Pros and cons of each? What would you go with for your style of play (and name your style if you don't mind)? Thanks low-enders...
  2. First thing I'd say is, there's really no such thing as "something like a Rumblefish 5." You've either got a Rumblefish or you don't. They really are unique.
    I've played a bunch of 5Ls, and I recently played an '08 Jazz 5. To my ears, the Reverend sounds bigger and fatter. Best open E I've ever heard on a 5-string, and the B string is tighter and more defined. And it has a three-way switch, so you'll get more tonal versaility than you would from a Jazz. Playability-wise, the Reverend has a 35" scale so that's something to consider. The new Fender necks are nice, but Reverend necks are just a cut above, IMO. And, they ain't makin' 'em anymore.
    The main "pro" of the Fender is, it's a Fender. The one I played was sunburst/tort/rosewood, and it just oozed vibe. There's just something about that combo. But, the Reverends are known far and wide for their extreme mojo. I'd say if you've got a line on one, grab it.
  3. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    They're completely different from each other.

    Well, they both have 5 strings.
  4. Well I didn't exactly mean some other bass similar to a 5L...I meant a Rumblefish 5L. But I think you knew that... ;) Good info.

    As for Chef...well I think he knows the Fish I speak of, but that wasn't exactly the helpful answer I was looking for. I'd like the differences stated...comparisons, etc. Little more helpful than "They both have 5 strings" anyway...