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$1000 and itching to spend on a jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Needenaneden, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Needenaneden


    Feb 22, 2011
    I scrounged up $1000 and am ready to spend it. I have a G&L p bass on it's way but in the mean time I want a jazz. All I've ever owned is a Music Man Sterling and I really don't like the tone of it.
    I want to go to where it all started by getting a P bass and a Jazz. The talk always seems to be good about the Fender Road Worn jazz and it's what I'm leaning towards...unless you guys convince me otherwise. Would ordering a Road Worn be a crap shoot or is the quality consistent? Thanks!
  2. aidanPmC


    Jun 14, 2013
    I'd reccomend a american standard jazz, there around 1400 new but can easily be had for 900 used. I've heard good things about the road worn series but I'd go to a store and play around on some jazz basses and see what you like the most.
  3. Needenaneden


    Feb 22, 2011
    I actually did play around with the American standard jazz and liked them but was looking to buy new and I was told they would get me a new Road Worn for $1000 incl tax. I thought maybe the Road Worn neck would feel even better than AS jazz.
  4. godblender

    godblender Banned

    Mar 11, 2009
    IMO quality control on most Fenders is a crap shoot.

    My 2 cents...G&L JB-2 or a Lakland Skyline 44-60. Both come up used in the TB classifieds fairly often.
  5. Needenaneden


    Feb 22, 2011
    Why a G&L JB-2 over a G&L JB?

    The store did say that if I wasn't happy with the ordered in Road Worn they would just hang it on the wall for someone else to buy.
  6. Carvin SB4000. Make it the way you want.
  7. eqvolvorama

    eqvolvorama Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2000
    Arlington, Virginia
    I know you said you wanted to buy new, but for best bang-for-the-buck, look for a used AVRI on the classifieds. Imagine an American-made Road Worn without the "Road Worn" part.

    (Full disclosure - I have one for sale if you search my posts, but there are others out there as well. Some crazy deals on AVRIs these days.)
  8. msact


    Jan 8, 2013
    Somewhere in NJ
    I had a classic 60's jazz, which is essentially the same as road worn. I sold it and now have an American Standard which I like much better. My main issue with the 60's bass was the radius of 7.25". I hated it. It always felt like a thin baseball bat. The neck on my AS is just great. They sound different too. The moral of the story is you want to try them first as the models can vary a lot in terms of feel and tone.
  9. +1 to buying used, no matter the budget. You may be searching longer for the right one, but you'll get much much more for your money. And if you buy smart and care for it, you'll likely recoup all or most of your cost when/if you sell. A new instrument can't make that promise.

    Plus, someone else has already put that painful first ding in the finish.

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Maybe you can score a used G&L JB for 1K.
  11. funk7856

    funk7856 Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2012

    There are several JB's under $1k right now on Ebay and on the TB classifieds. Killer J's for the price.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Agreed. Carvin can build an SB4000 jazz to your spec for under $1000. Really a ridiculously good value.
  13. Robus


    Aug 25, 2013
    Chicago Area
    You can find new 2011 and maybe 2012 American Standards marked down to under $1k at GC. I paid $950 for my 2011 this year. I saw one for $920 recently.
  14. Needenaneden


    Feb 22, 2011
    The one major problem with buying used is that I'm in Canada and you guys have all the good stuff in the US. lol I just don't want to get in to shipping across the border with a large purchase.
  15. Bardolphus

    Bardolphus Put some stank on it... Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    If it were me, I'd be looking for a used Lakland Skyline DJ4 (I'm assuming you're talking about a four string). Even after having a few Sadowsky basses, I'd pick my DJ5 every time if looking for a jazz.
  16. strost


    Oct 2, 2008
    Blacksburg, VA
    Another vote for used G&L JB. I got mine for $1000 and now I plan on getting a LB-100 (is that what you ordered?)

    Then we could be buddies!

    Seriously. I love my JB.
  17. Needenaneden


    Feb 22, 2011
    Yes, I am waiting for the LB-100 to show up any day. I'm hoping it will satisfy my P bass gas for a long time. I just have to satisfy the Jazz gas.
    I can spend more but would have to wait a month or so. I was just hoping to find my perfect 4 string jazz and only be $1000 in to it.
  18. stonewall


    Jun 14, 2010
    If you dont like the Sterling take your $1000 Cash and add the Sterling in as a trade now your into a serious Fender..or you can easily find a Sweet used Jazz for a $1000.
  19. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    G&L JB, just do it.
  20. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    I've still got one of these MIJ P/J's left.


    That's the "Jazz" I would buy.