Fender Jazz or "Other" Jazz????

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by harlon, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. harlon


    Jul 13, 2007
    If my budget is $1000, and I'm set on a Jazz tone - do I go ahead with a Fender? Or are there others who do a Jazz better than Fender (in your opinion, of course - it's all subjective).

    I know I want a Jazz tone, but the only Jazz's I can play around me are Fenders (which I may very well get) and Squiers. But others look nice - G&L, Lakland, etc.

    Whatcha think??? I'll get what feels and sounds the best (at least, of those I get a chance to play). But I'm hoping to hear some ideas I had not thought of. I'm not against buying used, either.

    Thank you!
  2. A Fender is a Fender is a Fender. While others may get "close" to the Fender sound, nobody can do it like the original. And you just might want to check out my ad too. ;)
  3. harlon


    Jul 13, 2007

    Ooh - I just did. Very nice!! My purchase will have to wait until after Christmas, though - I can't see that little fella being around that long!!

    Thanks for the advice, as well. That's actually how I've been leaning myself. Just wanted a little moral support, I guess, to put me over the top!!
  4. r379

    r379 Guest

    Jul 28, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    The Fender Highway One (upgraded with BA bridge and graphite rods in the neck) is a great bass for the money and well within your budget. I own one and love it. They're well thought of on this forum.
  5. johnpaulbass


    Nov 2, 2005
    Endorsing Artist: Gr Bass, Pyramid Strings, MPE Audio
    for 1000$ maybe you can try the lakland 55-01 (skyline)
  6. lovemybasses

    lovemybasses Guest

    Mar 4, 2007
    every day one "should I buy fender jazz bass " thread! i think fender are the best basses in the world - they started it all, they still leads the industry - while today you have milion more or less succesfull copies of "jazz bass" noone match price/look/feel/sound/reputation ratio of fender.
  7. BIG +1 here. They are seriously fantastic basses for the money, they are loaded with so much good stuff its not funny!
  8. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    I would buy a Lakland JO with Fralin Pickups. That's the closet you'll get to a Pre-Cbs Jazz in your budget.
  9. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Get a USA Fender... The Highway 1s are nice, but you can get a standard USA new or used with more color options. Used to be a big fan of the highway one finish, but the finishes I've seen have not aged well... IMHO
  10. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN

    Pickebass, this is off topic, but damn, that is one gorgeous bass in your avatar photo!