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Fender jazz bass questions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xkomo, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. xkomo


    Feb 6, 2011
    First of all I would like to say that I will soon buy my first jazz bass. So I am doing a research about which model would be the best for me to get.
    What do you think about the new american vintage series? Do they worth?Anyone tried them?

    I like the 74 better (opticaly) but whenever I read a comparison between the two they write that the 64 sounds better than the 74.

    Do you think that the american standard is worse than the vintage series? Does the 64 sound better, and has better woods than the std?

    Sorry for all those question!
  2. davidjackson


    Sep 10, 2011
    I think this is going to be a case of the Princess and the pea for a newbie to Jazz basses. Yes there will be differences but to be honest the big difference will be the fact you are playing a jazz bass. Don't stress too much - go for the one you can afford and that you think looks the best. You will enjoy playing it all the more.
  3. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I'm happy you can afford such beautiful instruments, anyway, they're quite different soundin'

    The American Vintage is a real gem in a way, but the sound stays very "typical", so bit trebley and rich in presence, if you can get me

    The American Standard is now less different than before, if compared to the American Vintage

    CS pickups are lower output and very defined, so the bass confirms a more traditional approach, even if with a proficient HiMassVintage stringthru system bridge and precise ultralight machineheads

    I'd say go for the American Standard if you want to stay more versatile and hold a secure resale value instrument, whenever forced to dismiss it or some

  4. xkomo


    Feb 6, 2011
    And how about the american special and the deluxe?

    Some say that the special doesn't worth anything... others that it is just fine and others that it ROcks!!!

    Do you thing that the deluxe model sounds-feels-has the vibe of a Fender jazz???
  5. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    You can't go wrong with the new am. std. Fender jazz bass. here is mine:

  6. LaBassGuy

    LaBassGuy Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    The Deluxe has Noiseless pickups which have a different tone than the traditional single coil jazz tone. I generally like prefer single coils more.
  7. xkomo


    Feb 6, 2011
    Changing the pickups of a deluxe, with a pair of custom 60s singles or a pair of fralins, would be a wise or a dump action???

    I insist on the deluxe because (as I read) it is superior than the standard, finer woods and better finish...
  8. dStar


    Mar 1, 2012
  9. ncapone


    Nov 17, 2010
    Try looking out for a late 90s-early 2000s American Standard. They are better than the newer ones in my opinion. You can get them for a lot cheaper too.
  10. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    The mid/late 90s ASJB's are different but not better. They have chunkier necks and usually they are heavier than the new ones. No big difference soundwise.

    Here are my 1995 american standard jazz basses:


  11. austentaciousC


    Mar 17, 2010
    I wish they made my USA Deluxe in this color! Hot!
  12. LaBassGuy

    LaBassGuy Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    I have a deluxe qmt jazz with different set of noiseless pups than the ones on current deluxes. And mine sound great. But plenty change their deluxe pups to nordies or fralins.

    At that price point, I rather buy an instrument that will not require modification.