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Fender FMT vs Custom Classic Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thunderBoltz, Jan 14, 2003.

  1. i wondering if anyone has any thoughts on these two basses from fender. they seem essentially the same bass, other than the figuered/flamed top on the FMT, is there a real difference?

  2. anyone? anyone? Bueller?
  3. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Do a search and you should find lots of information on the Fender FMTs. They've been discussed many times. I think they have unique pickups.
  4. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    the Fender Custom Classic Jazz is one of the few modern Fenders that I am impressed with. thats a killer bass, for a Fender that is...still doesn't have the playability or overall quality of a Fodera or Sadowsky but its a GREAT bass
  5. hey, thanks philbiker and aj.
    i'm trying to find the bass that has both the old school fender vibe and a more modern type of tone.
  6. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I think you're on the right track with the FMT then. Or the American Deluxe series.
  7. i still go back and forth on modulus quantums too(hey they're good enough for phil lesh, oteil and mike gordon right?). they are definatly dope, but maybe a little too hi-fi/bright sounding? i only had the chance to play a beat to crap used Q5 in GC, and even though only one pickup was working, i could easily tell this is a top notch bass, but i'm concered that it might be too different an animal from my j's that i love.

    i've read all the post here on TB about the FMT and now you guys have me second guessing on that one, plus i could do without a flamed top.

    tax return = custom classic jazz...hmmm. decisions, decisions, decisions.
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Here you go. :)

    <img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/stock/images/3843_full.jpg" width=600>
    <img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/stock/images/B3793_full.jpg" width=600>
  9. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    that would be a Sadowsky. find one used. its a buyers market right now

    the Custom Classic Jazz is a nice nice bass though, but I don't think it has the playability of a Sadowsky
  10. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Thunderboltz, do a search of the Bass Guitar Forum and you'l find a number of posts of the FMT including my posts on my experience.

    Bottomline IMHO --- the FMT is a great bass if you like the traditional Jazz Bass tone or the Marcus Miller tone. Fender, however, has a major quality control problem. Some FMTs are great and some have significant problems. I bought one that I found to have a defective neck. It stayed bowed even after the truss rod was cranked all the way in. Luckily, the store gave me a cash refund when I returned the bass.
    I took the money and bought a Lakland Skyline Joe Osborn 5 w/ a J-Retro preamp. This bass is cheaper than the FMT and, from what you say, it may be just what you looking for. This bass, with the J-Retro, will definitely nail the traditional warm Jazz Bass tone and also do the full-bottomed punchy Marcus Miller tone with the high end snap.

    Aside from searching the FMT in this forum, try searching Skyline Joe Osborn, or Skyline JO 5.

    In addition, here's a link to the Dude's site. Info on the Skyline and the J-Retro.



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