American Deluxe Jazz- $650 ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hemispheres85, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. Hemispheres85


    Jun 15, 2006
    (UPDATE: See bottom of page)

    The music store wins. I was in my local store, AB'ing the Fender Geddy Lee and the Fender Highway One they just got in when I spotted a like-new used American Deluxe Jazz for $650.

    Plays nice, sounds great, the construction is excellent and the action is low without buzzing. Come with Hardshell case. It's in lovely Sunburst with a tort pickguard.

    Considering these go for $1300 new- do you think I should jump on it? I'm more of a passive guy personally, but this bass didn't quite have the sterile sound of many active basses I've tried. I suppose I could always get passive pickups and bypass the preamp if I become so anal about it.

    What is everyone's gist of this bass and the opportunity I'm presented. I asked them to hold it for me until I call them tomorrow to make a final decision, so I need opinions fast.

  2. the pickups themselves are passive. I wish we could get deals like that in the UK, if you like it go for it
  3. Hemispheres85


    Jun 15, 2006
    I think this bass has active pickups. they have only 4 pole-pieces on the pickups and when we took the battery out it yielded no sound- but I'm not sure if active basses with passive pickups do this as well. Anyone know?
  4. I assure you the bass has passive pickups (assuming it is stock)
  5. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    Go for it. If you dont like it, at that price you can recoupe all of your money if you sell it.
  6. tmusic101

    tmusic101 Guest

    Nov 24, 2007
    Northwest Alabama
    IMO, any mia Fender in good shape is well worth that price. I've got a '97 mia active jazz V & 650 wouldn't touch it. If it were me I would hope I could get back to the store before someone else snaps it up.

    Of course this all depends on if you like the bass!
  7. Hemispheres85


    Jun 15, 2006
    After a bit of looking I've determined it's a Deluxe from around 1995-1999 due to the pickups having one pole-piece per string and 9-volt preamp.

    Are the '95-'99 basses any better/ worse than the modern ones? I've the preamp was modified as well.
  8. Those Are Fender Noiseless Pickups and are in fact passive. The bass won't make any noise without the preamp it is between the pickups and the output jack and the signal can't get through without power.
  9. Hemispheres85


    Jun 15, 2006
    So is it possible to wire it as a passive bass? I don't hate the EQ, but the option for passive is always intriguing.
  10. Hell, if you don't want it, pm me with the location in Vt. , and I'll drive up there and buy it in a heartbeat. :D
  11. Wademeister63


    Aug 30, 2004
    Denton Tx

    My MIM deluxe jazz has those pups and I've read that they are Suhr designs. Maybe the preamp is also? Maybe someone can chime in on that. Anyway, I've spent thousands and thousands of dollars on basses (G&L, Rickenbacker, Benavente etc) and haven't come across one yet that sounds better to me. I say jump all over it for that price.
  12. Hemispheres85


    Jun 15, 2006

    My dreams have been slowed! I called them today to confirm my buy- as they were holding for me as I said earlier.

    Well, I talked to one of the employees (it was his bass that he traded in actually) and he told me he found of that the owner, who I'm friendly with, had apparently been supposed to put the bass aside for someone on Friday, but forgot to tell the employees to take it off the floor and went out of town for the weekend.

    Now I'm not sure I'll be the one getting the bass or not. I'm waiting for a call back after the owner comes back into town and can figure this out.

    Bah humbug! Oh well, I can always use the store credit I was going to use for some of the bass' payment for starting up regular lessons again. I'll see what they say tomorrow....
  13. RayO5421

    RayO5421 Guest

    Jan 15, 2007
    Toms River NJ
    If you can still get I say go for it. I like keeping my basses stock but I'm sure you can have someone work something out to get an active/passive switch installed. Good luck!
  14. Nice bass, go for it.
  15. BassBob185

    BassBob185 Guest

    Oct 25, 2007
    Rocking Chair
    According to the Fender web site the American Deluxe Jazz has a three band active EQ, two Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Jazz Bass pickups.
  16. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck Guest

    Sep 26, 2000
    It's possible and would be fairly easy, as long as you're handy with a soldering iron. It would involve drilling a hole in the pickguard and wiring in another switch.
  17. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    From `95 to `98 Deluxe Jazz Basses came with Suhr pickups. They were later replaced with Noiseless and then (2003?) with SCN.
  18. Hemispheres85


    Jun 15, 2006
    Well guys, I'm sorry to say they're sold the bass to the person who reserved before me, despite their screw-up.

    I guess I'll have to keep looking! I'm really bummed though.
  19. aw unlucky :(
  20. I installed an active passive (push-pull) switch in the volume control of my MIM Deluxe Jazz bass. This bypasses the preamp section and lets you play it as a passive bass. The bypass mode lets me use the volume and pickup blend pots only. The treble mid and bass controls don't function in bypass mode. I installed Fender Noiseless pups and an Aguilar OPB-3 preamp in mine.