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Fender American Standard 5 string Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nino Valenti, May 22, 2003.


  1. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Since I sold all but one 5 string, I just had to buy another. :D I was looking around eBay, CG, SA & such. I go on eBay & see <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4713&item=2530091629"><b>THIS BASS.</b></a> I put a bid & I expected to be out bid cause a few other American Standard 5's Ive seen went up to about $650. What do you know, I win the auction. I get the bass on tuesday & I throw a fresh set of string on it & give it a set up. The bass played very well. I haven't brought it to rehearsal cause it got cancelled on Tues & Wed. From the picture in the auction, I thought it was a Lake Placid Blue finish but it ended up being Aqua Marine Matallic. Oh well. I sould of asked before I bid. It's a nice color, anyway.

    Pros:
    -Nice weight
    -B strings seems nice & tight. I have the action set alittle higher to have it tight.
    -nicely grained fretboard
    -it's a Jazz bass. LOL

    Cons:
    -Bridge. I hate the bridge. Actually, I hate the saddles!!!!!!!
    -String tree only covers the A, D & G strings. If you cut the E string too short, their won't be enough wind on the post & it will rallte.
    -HORRIBLE route under the p/g.
    -Pick-up wobbled like a drunken sailor. Just alittle more foam wouldn't kill anyone.
    -Volume/volume/tone. DON'T LIKE IT. I instantly added a pan control to the bass.

    Overall, I like the bass. It will be mainly a back-up to my Sadowsky 24 fret or My Sadowsky Tokyo (on order). I like to bring 2 basses to a gig but I won't feel at ease bringing 2 Sadowsky to any of the sleazy clubs/bars that I play at. LOL.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=984304">
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=984306">
     
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=984308">
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=984309">
     
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    looks good!

    you just need a mirrored pickguard on it ;)
     
  6. Nice J. What is the center to center string spacing at the bridge if you don't mind my asking?
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    It's adjustable. Their are about 5 or 6 grooves in each saddle. I have it at about 5/8" from the insides of the strings, I didn't pace it form center to center.
     
  8. Really!. Can you take a close up of the bridge?
    I thought the only space adjusting bridges were found on Warwick, like on my Fortress Masterman.
    I'd like to see Fenders bridge. (No one around here has this bass as far as I know)
     
  9. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Wow that bass looks familiar. I've got a '97 that's very similar, and I love it. Mine's a different color (Sonic Blue), and I actually prefer VOL/VOL/TONE to a panpot. Mine also has a much lighter fretboard, that almost looks like Rosewood, when those basses are supposed to be Pau Ferro.

    How does it sound amplified? How about direct?
     
  10. Chace90

    Chace90 Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2002
    Denver, CO
    My American deluxe has the space-adjustable bridge. I think that all American models have that bridge. Some of the reissues have that too in accordance with the older models on which they're based. It's a nice feature to have imho. I've changed the spacing many times.
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <a href="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=984927"><img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=984927" width=600></a>
    Click on picture for full size.
     
  12. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    that's looker Nino!!!

    i'd love to try one at home but here in italy they are really expensive!!!
     
  13. nino,

    i would have thought that the saddles were a pretty good idea, what do you hate about them?

    Tom
     
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Mine is an older model with Gotoh tuners instead of the big elephant ears. Check it out.

    [​IMG]

    This is an instrument with a HUGE neck and the Gotoh's definitely help with neck dive. unfortunately they only used them one or two years before switching back to the more "traditional" heavy tuners that you have.
     
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The bass balances fine. The tuning machines are the elephant ear but the housing is plastic & it lighter then the normal (or older) Fender American Standard all metal tuning gears.
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=985304">
     
  16. Thanks so much for that close up Nino. That has answered my question. I must now own one of these. Great. Now I have real GAS.
     
  17. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Well, I don't like the idea that if I'm not paying attention to the string placement when I'm stringing the bass up & have to fuss with the strings. I also feel that if I have the bass tuned up & I'm trying to adjust the spacing it weakens the strings (not a fact, just an opinion) Also, I don't like to loosen & re-tune the strings after I do a re-string/set up because I feel that it messes up the strings. (again, not a fact, just an opinion) Also, the bridge has no grooves on it for the saddle adjustment screws to fit into so the saddles are moving around when I'm trying to set the spacing.

    I'm rambling, aren't I. LOL :)
     
  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    No Problemo!!!!!:bassist: :D
     
  19. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Interesting the way they make the traditional looking elephant ears lighter. I'd never looked that the back of one of those basses! I still have to think that they're heavier than the tiny Gotoh's, but if it balances well, that's all that counts.

    How does it sound?
     
  20. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    wow Nino, you've been picking up a lot of Fenders lately... you might have to start selling off the Sadowsky's to pay for it... when you do, let me know!


    nice bass, BTW...
    :p


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