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Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass MIM ... Good N Bad !!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by himluis1, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. himluis1


    Sep 28, 2012
    I got a fender deluxe active jazz bass mim last october , i have been using it for a while n i love it , i love the knobs being able to control the tone lows n highs and it looks awesome too , but i dont know is is my amp or what but i feel that it sounds too bright sometimes !!! anybody let me know if feel the same
  2. himluis1


    Sep 28, 2012
    i have an acoustic b200 amp and it gets dificult for me to get the tone that i want with so many knobs and controls on the eq side :(
  3. TombassCaton


    May 4, 2011
    I love mine!
  4. Ling837


    Oct 26, 2012
    I recently got a good deal on one and I love it. Run amp EQ flat and lows 75%, mids around 40%, highs 15% on bass. That is my prefered settings for low classic sound. But I love having so much tone control on hand.
  5. himluis1


    Sep 28, 2012
    yes don't get me wrong i do love it im just looking to get a little more deep u know lower sound ... i think it could be the settings on the amp then like i will play with the eq n see
  6. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    I had a 97 Deluxe Jazz and it sounded pretty solid, I was pretty happy with it. Are you running it through the active channel on your amp? Do you have the treble cranked?
  7. himluis1


    Sep 28, 2012
    here is mine after a bridge and pickguard upgrade !!! gotoh201 n white pearl pickguard

    View attachment 299742
  8. himluis1


    Sep 28, 2012
    well i play @church n they have an acoustic b200 and the eq seccion its kind of confusing to me i just to own a mb200 by GK and it was just the normal bass mid n high but this acoustic have like 6 knobs on the eq side :s
  9. himluis1


    Sep 28, 2012
    i used to own lol
  10. In the neutral position, it's definitely too bright. I had to roll off the mids & highs.
    I recently put flats on & now it's balanced.

    Did you replace the high mass railed bridge with another high mass railed bridge just to get the slightly narrower string spacing that the Gotoh offers? Cuz, that's the only real difference.
  11. himluis1


    Sep 28, 2012
    to be honest i did both upgrades for the looks only !!! and the gotoh bridge gave me a little of more sustain in my opinion , also i feel more vibration on the bass for some reason but i like it like that ... $40 for the bridge and $30 for the pickguard , i think it was a good upgrade
  12. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Don't be shy about turning down the treble. Turn it all the way off and increase it gradually to see what sound you like.
  13. I'd be willing to bet that your ears are deceiving you.
    I ran a Gotoh 201 on my P for years and switched back to my bent plate. I noticed no difference, except that I can get the action much lower on the bent plate.

    The bridge on the Active Deluxe looks better for build quality, too. They're the same depth & metal and the thick plate on the back of the Gotoh is hollow.

    The pickguard looks cool, though.
  14. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    I've owned several of those, and liked them all... IME, favoring the neck pup with the blend knob will help increase lows and tame highs a bit...

    - georgestrings
  15. kbakerde

    kbakerde Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2012
    I have my '99 MIM Deluxe Active Bass and I LOVE IT. But a few years ago the stock pickups crapped out and had to be replaced. Got a set of the Fender SCM Noiseless pickups and they are quite amazing as well. So I would start with everything running flat, not boost or cut. EQ on your amp first, then do some tweaks on the guitar to fine tune. And they are right, too much treble, cut your highs down a little and/or move your blend knob towards the neck pickup.
  16. himluis1


    Sep 28, 2012
    thanks i will do that as soon as i get to church on tuesday n see ...
  17. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
    MIM Jazz Deluxe.
    I use the passive setting on my amp. Also, the bass is strung with Chromes.
    No problems at all not sounding bright.
  18. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Not preamp and Ceramic Noiseless pickups, which I really liked.

    But then I never played flat in my life, always thru an array of multifx (with 5ers only) pedalboard fxchain (for my many 4ers) all put in send/return after bass equalizer and head equalizer adjusted as well.

    So my sound comes out from:
    my (phisycal) head
    my fingers
    my bass neckwood and bodywood/pickups
    my bass eq
    my (electric) head eq
    my pedalboard/fxchain

  19. himluis1


    Sep 28, 2012
    after only 2 months of use , the pre amp went bad and my bass has been at the repair shop for almost two weeks waiting for the part :s
  20. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    I had one, and it was a beautiful bass!
    One of my favorites to pick up late at night and noodle around with, unplugged. But I could never dial in my amplified sound. To me it went from bright to dull. It had a pretty good bright sound; articulate, lively, popped from the mix. But when I tried to back it off for a more bluesy sound, it seemed to lose its acoustic resonance, and go straight to bleh.
    I wasn't expecting P bass sound from it, but I couldn't find a musical, rolled-off, Jazz sound either. I sold it, and I miss it for the way it sounded and felt unplugged, but I really prefer the overall sound of my Highway One passive (with Fralins).