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Fender Jazz w/ J-Retro ...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DaveDeVille, Oct 30, 2005.


  1. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    i just recieved this bass from TalkBass's own Fourstringbliss { Matt }
    a couple of weeks ago ... a very smooth transaction , by the way .:D

    it's a 1997-98 American Jazz , inca silver { although it still looks sage green to me ...}
    with a J-Retro preamp installed .

    at first , it took me some serious practice time to get used to the neck ...
    as i have been playing my Lakland DJ4 alot lately .

    yowser , this is a killer sounding bass , very deep , focused lows , and snappy , crisp highs .
    the J-Retro really adds color and depth to an already
    very nice Jazz Bass...imo .

    i've been having a great time this past week ,
    and i finally had a chance to use this new bass at a gig last night .

    anyway , here are some pictures i took this afternoon :
     

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  2. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    headstock front and back ...
     

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  3. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    some J-Retro pics ...
     

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  4. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    front and back of body ...
     

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  5. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    another body shot { sorry about the flash ...}
    and me at last night's outdoor gig .
     

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  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'd say that's sage green metallic, too. I have a 98 in that color. No J-Retro on mine, though, since I'm totally over onboard preamps. Thank you for adding more proof to my theory that the 98 basses Fender made were as good as any they ever made.

    EDIT: Oops...didn't notice yours was a 97. Well still, they were darn good, too.
     
  7. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    thanks ...
    i'm not really sure if it's a '97 or '98 ... Fender.com isn't really clear about the date .
    it has a serial number code , but also shows the same code for both years ...:meh:

    i guess i'll have to pull the neck off to see if there's a date stamped on the body .

    and yeah , i'd say they were darn good , too ...:D
     
  8. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Nice bass! Congrats on that one, glad it's turning out to be good for you.

    Another J-Retro fan here... although I don't tend to need the EQ all that much, it's kind of nice to have the options there, especially when everything is as well thought out as the J-Retro is. That said, it's the basic tone of the pre that I like most about it.
     
  9. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Nice bass, how you diggin' the J-retro? Do you notice much hum?
     
  10. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    no , i didn't notice any hum ... are they supposed to ?
    it was an outdoor gig , maybe i just didn't notice it , but
    i've never noticed it during practice either ...

    i basically ran it flat , with just a small boost for bass and treble .
    i didn't mess too much with the mids , as they already sounded
    very nice ...



    as a side note , i used the Lakland DJ4 for the first set , switched over
    to the Fender for the second set and never went back ...

    i may end up getting an outboard preamp for the Lakland .
    i'd like to keep the DJ4 passive , but this J-Retro just sounds
    so good .... what do you think ?
     
  11. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I've heard they aren't the most quiet preamp out there, but barely noticable live. I hear people don't like them too much for recording and run them passive.

    I've seen a LOT of DJ4's with U-Retro's, probably for a good reason. :D
     
  12. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    There is some noise with the J-Retro as with any pre-amp. It's in the form of some hiss rather than hum with my bass and rig. Only about the same level as my SR4 3EQ, but *maybe* a bit noisier than my Status (I did a lot of ABing to decide this and I'm still not 100% certain!). Definitely not noticeable live, as you say, but when I recorded the other week I ran it passive as I could hear a difference in the monitoring cans. You don't miss the EQ in that situation, fairly obviously. But you can only run the pickups either 50:50 or bridge pup only with the J-Retro toggle switch when passive. Doesn't bother me as these are just about the only pickup blends I ever use anyway.
     
  13. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    thanks for the responses , i decided i want to keep the Lakland passive ...
     
  14. Good idea...I considered the Retro but I found out that it won't run TRUE Passive after you install it....An outboard pre is a great idea (I LOVED the Sadowsky with your DJ 4 the couple of times I tried it and HIGHLY recommend giving it a try!!)...it really enhanced what was already in the Aeros in a fantastic way!! Give it a shot but I would avoid installing an onboard in that bass...it sounds too good in passive to lose that option!! Good luck and DIG the DJ...let me know if you get tired of her!!

    Peace,

    T
     
  15. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    Tom ,
    i've already got one other passive bass { Warmoth Jazz w/ Bartolini's }
    and had already been thinking about a Sadowsky outboard pre , so
    this is just adding fuel to the fire ...:D

    i doubt seriously that i will be getting tired of the DJ4 , but the preamp
    would be a nice addition ...