Fender american deluxe V review

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B String, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I've had my Fender American Deluxe Jazz V for about a
    months worth of playing, so I thought I'd give an opinion.
    First, thanks to Peter Parker (Scott). A real standup guy
    who I would buy a used car from.

    This is a 2005 alder body, maple neck 5 string. Sunburst
    with mint (white) pickguard. About 9 lbs, maybe a bit less.
    The neck is just a bit chunky. Its reminiscent of a 70's
    era neck, but very playable. The fret work and nut are as
    good as I've ever seen on a bass at any price. Absolutely
    flawless. As a result, I can get the action almost as low as
    I like with vertually no fret buzz at all. Balance is well above
    average. Not perfect but no complaints.

    I think the sound of this bass is a bit more "modern" than
    some would have you believe. Maybe its the maple board,
    but there is some real high end zing here if you want it.
    The eq points seem a bit wierd, but it works in the real
    world, so who cares what it says on paper. The sound is
    certainly wider than my Tyler 5 or any of my stock 60's
    Fenders. It still sounds like a Fender, just a bit more modern.
    The preamp is dead quiet in the studio, and the batteries
    seem to last forever. The Tyler eats 18 volts for breakfast.

    This is not a "one bass does everything" instrument, but its
    close to it. I can get a burby "Jaco" sound or very usable
    "old school" sound with slight eq adjustments. I had my tech
    put a passive switch in the battery cavity in case I want to
    use a different preamp. So far I like the stock pre as much
    as my Sadowsky or Sansamp pre's.
    All in all, a very nice bass at a very reasonable price.