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Fender Reggie Hamilton standard jazz bass. what's your take ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Li'l D, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Li'l D

    Li'l D

    Apr 15, 2009
    Hello bassists, anyone out there in bass clef -land with any
    opinions on the Reggie Hamilton standard model?

    I have been reading on the net, that some say the neck and action was a problem? Is is just something a tech can fix?

    How was the tone? How was the neck? need the deets on them :bassist:

    Li'l d
  2. acubass


    Oct 10, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM
    I have had the RH Jazz bass for about a year now and it is my main gig bass. I am running it through a V4BH + and SVT15E for smaller gigs or through a LMII + the SVT15E when I need more oomph. I use rounds that are as old as the bass and grimy and dead, just like I like it. Overall I am happy with the bass, it gives great versatility. When I use it for the variety Blues Band (Bubba Gump Voice..Swing blues , Jump blues, Slow blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues....) it really shines. I prmarily just use the P-pickup, but when a tune comes up where that really isn't what im looking for I dial the pickup selector to both pickups. This is almost like strapping on a new bass. When I bought the bass I was looking for a Jazz style body with a P pickup, that being said the bass doesn't have that P-Bass honk, it is much smoother IMO.

    For guys who use flatwounds and like that motown thump I believe you would really like this bass.

    I mostly use the bass in passive mode, however on the occasions I have gone directly into the house system the preamp was crucial and worked very nicely. 99% of the time when I engage the preamp it is because our volume jumped considerably during the song. Or when I'm using the V4BH and need more volume.

    One thing that I really love abouth this bass is the fact that I can tune up, play a show, put the bass in its case and when I pick it up the next week it is still dead perfect in tune...

    The de-tuner was a letdown for me for a long time, mainy because I had zero use for it. But I recently started playing with a latin/steel pan group (scsteelband.com) many of these latin tunes call for a low D...now it is a lifesaver.

    O.k. so the Cons

    Just like everyone I think the bass is on the heavy side, after a four hour gig you start to feel it. I went out and bought a super comfy strap though and it helped tremendously.

    As far as the neck goes, it is a little chunky for my taste, it feels for like a P=Bass neck to me.....I am a big big fan of the slim-line fender type neck. That being said the neck plays wonderfully and is solid as a rock, it will still be here 50 years from now.

    Overall, I was looking for a Jazz bass body with a true P Bass sound...I kinda got neither......However I got a bass that comes really close to it and is a ton more veratile. The body while jazz shape, the neck makes it not really a traditional jazz bass...This bass really is neither a P-Bass or a Jazz bass IMO but a happy hybrid.

    When Fender comes out with a bass that has the slim fender neck and jazz style body (like my 94 CIJ Jazz) with only a split coil in the P-Bass position I would consider selling the RH Jazz until then I am happy.
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  3. Li'l D

    Li'l D

    Apr 15, 2009
    Thanx ACUBASS Looking 4ward to hear ur reply
  4. All I know is I want one so bad I wanna cry. And unless someone plays the specific one you are talking about, anecdotal evidence is all you can hope for. I doubt that across the board they have messed up necks from the factory.
  5. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I think it's one of the best values in the Fender lineup, and an excellent bass. The U.S. pickups including a noiseless J, and the active/passive operation are real highlights. Panned all the way to the P pickup, it sounds just like an American Series Precision. I'd prefer a flatter fretboard radius, like Fender's usual 9.5", and the one I tried was heavy, but I still thought it was awesome.
  6. I have a Custom Shop 5 string Reggie Hamilton and love it! I bought mine 2nd hand from USA to Australia and couldn't be happier. I know its not a Standard but it is the only experience I can share.

    I would dearly love to get hold of a Reggie Standard to put a fretless neck on - that would be an awesome fretless.
  7. I'd like to play one, I am quite interested to hear how it sounds... a friend of mine had one and didn't particularly like it, but thats just his taste.
  8. Or lack thereof ;)
  9. I don't own one but have played them many times, and haven't had any kind of problem with anything!
  10. Step


    Feb 20, 2008
    I owned one and while it was very versatile, I ultimately didn't like a few things about it

    - blendable pickups (no separate volume) I didnt like
    - no tone knobs
    - neck was a bit weird for me, I prefer a standard jazz neck
    - heavy, at least mine was

    all I can say is, if you are into tone shaping the EQ can help you lots, I'm a set it and forget it kind of guy so I used one setting on it, which sounded good (everything flat)
  11. acubass


    Oct 10, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM
  12. Li'l D

    Li'l D

    Apr 15, 2009
    Thanks to everyone out there with your input. In regards to neck thickness,
    is it similar to the 70's jazz bass ?
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