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fender options

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tangobass, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. Fender Roscoe beck 5

    81 vote(s)
  2. American deluxe jazz 5

    83 vote(s)
  1. tangobass


    Jan 15, 2005
    fender roscoe beck 5 vs american deluxe jazz 5
  2. The Beck 5 is absolutely sick! The Jazz is too, but in my opinion, a Jazz should be passive. Either instrument is great!
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Fender can't make a decent 5-string for some reason, except for the Roscoe Beck. The Jazz V isn't horrible but I find it's just not that good compared to the Roscoe.
  4. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I voted Roscoe Beck because I prefer passive Fenders over just about anything else, and the RB has more tonal flexibility than most passive basses.

    But I recently heard a blues player with a new Am. Dlx. Jazz V, and it sounded awesome. You certainly wouldn't go wrong there. If Fender would offer an active/passive switch and something like Sadowsky's VTC on the Am. Dlx. series, I'd consider one myself.
  5. I LOVE fender 4's, but have never played a fender 5 that played well. I would seriously consider spending a little extra $ and get something that has a killin' low B. That's just my opinion and I really love fender products, I just got the TBP-1 pre, I have a 66 jazz, and I'm getting an MIA deluxe jazz, but I can't stand their 5 string basses.
  6. I voted for the Am. Dlx. Jazz V. I owned an RB5 for a brief time and while it was a really great bass I always felt short changed without the control of active electronics. I now play an Am. Dlx. Jazz V FMT and other than the constant distraction of F Bass BN5 G.A.S. ( I got it real bad!) I find the Dlx. Jazz works for absolutley everything I do. IMHO the only bass that beats the Am. Dlx. Jazz V basses for spot on, 5 string j-bass tone are Sadowsky Metro basses.

  7. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    I voted Beck, cause I've always preferred passive, plus it's just cooler lookin.
  8. I've owned a beck and it's amazing (for a passive bass). You get so many tonal options but it's still that great passive sound.
  9. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I'm surprised the RBV is in the #2 position. It's a phenominal bass, and likely my next bass.
  10. I suspect that the people not voting for the Roscoe Beck 5 have not played one... they are one awesome awesome awesome playing and sounding bass.
  11. strummer


    Jul 27, 2005
    The only Fender 5 I have ever even considered buying!
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    It's a wash for me... I've played excellent examples of both.
  13. primus_55


    Dec 28, 2004
    Id go with the deluxe jazz....

    My teachers one has what looks to be a flame maple neck, or at least extremely heavily figured maple.
  14. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life

    Sep 6, 2004
    The Bronx, NYC
    I'm love passive also, but want to try an active bass so I picked the deluxe.

    as for a active/passive switch, the Marcus Miller 4 & 5 have it, maybe some others haven't check in a while