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. Neither bass you posted is an MM V. You posted two MM IVs. :rollno:
  9. 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.jpg
  11. teedook


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