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Fender American Standard vs. Marcus Miller

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RyRob813, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. RyRob813


    Jun 7, 2007
    St. Paul, MN
    I’ve got the bug to own a Jazz bass again. I know there are higher-end brands I could go for, but I’ve always been a Fender fan. I’m also looking for the highest quality jazz bass I can find that I’m not going to sweat bullets over every time I have to check it into baggage in an airport, or an accidental ding.
    With that being said, I was hoping someone might have insight on both Fender’s “Marcus Miller” signature model, and the American Standard Jazz. Doesn’t make much of a difference, but I’m looking at the 5er in both models. I’ve never been taken in by a celebrity’s name on a product, but I have to say, from the looks and videos I’ve watched so far, the Marcus really seems pretty high quality. I’m not crazy about the pickup cover, but of course I can just take that off.
    So if anyone has played both, I’d love to hear your opinions on tone quality, playability, (particularly ease of access to the upper register), and/or anything else you deem noteworthy.
    Thanks in advance!
  2. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    The 5 string MM is very, very high quality. The 4 string version is not as good.

    I really like the Marcus tone. I go about getting it by using a passive J bass and a Sadowsky pre. That way I can have that classic J tone and then also the modern way.

    Should save you a lot of cash to go with that option if $$$ is an issue.

    The new J basses all have very modern necks, so I think you will be happy there (if that is your thing).
  3. teedook


    Aug 14, 2013

    I need some help deciding whether to get a Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass, I can buy a used one for $680. IS this an Okay price for this bass?
  4. happyg


    Sep 17, 2011
    If I'm not mistaken, the MM V is American made. Its about 2 grand new. That's enough to make me worry about checking it etc. I'd go with the Am Standard jazz. I like the neck on the Am Standard better. I like the look of the MM better.
  5. teedook


    Aug 14, 2013
    OR this one for $650?

    1993-94 Fender Jazz Bass Marcus Miller Edition.

    Active pickups
    maple fretboard with pearl block inlays
    BadAss II bridge

    Thanks for any help!
  6. austentaciousC


    Mar 17, 2010
    new standard has a compound radius fingerboard and oiled neck, MM has a vintage radius fingerboard and a lacquer neck.

    The standard is far more playable, and adjustable setup wise. And cheaper. Same quality too. Ive owned 4-5 standards and 3 MM
  7. teedook


    Aug 14, 2013

    I believe both of these MM V's I posted are Made in Japan.. What's everyone opinion, are either one worth it for the price?
  8. superblues

    superblues Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    Neither bass you posted is an MM V. You posted two MM IVs. :rollno:
  9. superblues

    superblues Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    Since when? Am Stds have a satin urethane neck and 9.5" radius fingerboard.
  10. Guidobass


    May 25, 2013
    I had and American standard an sold it to buy my Marcus 5er and I don't regret a thing...the Marcus plays sooo smooth and the quality is stellar....I have smaller hands for a bass player so the neck feels great for me....I go through periods where I love having the pickup cover on and then I can't stand it lol.... ImageUploadedByTalkBass1380487078.748895.
  11. teedook


    Aug 14, 2013
    Thanks for the correction. Are either MM IVs a good bass to purchase at the price listed?
  12. superblues

    superblues Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    Are you aware that asking this question is a rule violation unless you're a supporting member?
  13. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    Not only that ^^^, it's a thread Hijack. Teedook is not the OP...:rollno:
  14. teedook


    Aug 14, 2013
    I was not aware it is a rule violation.

    Also was not aware that it's not ok to post a new question in a already existing thread.. apologies, I'm learning.