Aerodyne Jazz Bass Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jackson Knight, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. Jackson Knight

    Jackson Knight

    Oct 10, 2014
    How is the tone, and isn't it essentially a PJ?
  2. Malak the Mad

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

    "Tone" is rather subjective. Personally, I love the tone mine gives me…mellow when I need it, but capable of a bit of aggression like I prefer. And yes, it's absolutely a P/J.

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  3. Danomo

    Danomo Guest

    Apr 25, 2013
    The aerodyne bass (IMO) is one of the most comfortable, and lightweight Fender basses. It covers 90% of the "Fender" sound, again IMO more than any other PJ model.
    My JP-90 (avatar) is its predecessor, the advantage the Aerodyne over it is, it has is the P pup is where it's supposed to be (mine is closer to the bridge).

    Unless you are one of those guys who hate painted basswood bound bodies... it's all good. Even at retail ($799), worth every penny, but can often be found used in the mid $400's.

    I just missed a $429 CL deal near me, had to pass because of recent guitar acquisitions, but one will be mine... Eventually.
  4. The sheer look of it makes me want to revise my dislike of PJ Fenders. It looks like some gun...with everything almost a stealth fighter or something.

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  5. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
  6. IMO the best looking and sounding PJ on the market. if the prices does not convince you, the lightweight and the super fast neck should do.
    for me the aerodyne brings it all together to be a first choice bass. a true rock´n´roller.
  7. My next purchase...if there's gonna be a next purchase. A stunning looking instrument and, more importantly, I'm told they play well.
  8. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    These are outstanding basses, really light, sound great. If you are a slap bassist, you'll probably chew up the finish a bit with no pickguard. I like having fretboard position markers, there is a Japanese version that has fretboard dots and a pickguard if you like that look (and i do): jazz bass

    My only criticism having played one of these is that the gunmetal finish control knobs are kind of cheap plastic, but that's purely cosmetic. I'd pull them off and find some metal ones in a matching finish.
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  9. Malak the Mad

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

    It's the SR-71 "Blackbird" of the bass guitar world.

  10. They're made of Basswood right?
  11. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Yep, basswood with a Rock maple neck and Rosewood FB. I always thought these would look killer with a bound and blocked neck with ebony FB. As far as I know, it's a standard Fender Jazz neck pocket, so you can swap necks if desired.
  12. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    I love mine and pretty much agree with everything that has been said. The neck is fast and easy and with SS strings it gets nice and aggressive but can be easily tamed. It definitely has its own voice within the Fender spectrum of sound, but is undeniable Fender sounding. No real need to mod theses basses unless you want to add something like a HipShot Xtender. Some will replace the pickups but it really is unnecessary IMO.

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