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I have the choice between 2 basses. Please help me!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Daniel Villadse, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. Daniel Villadse

    Daniel Villadse

    Mar 29, 2009
    Hello there.
    I have been looking at a lot of basses and I am now standing between a dilemma.

    (the new 2008 model) Fender American Standard Jazz Bass


    Fender American Vintage '62 Jazz Bass.

    Please tell me what you think and why.
  2. Daniel Villadse

    Daniel Villadse

    Mar 29, 2009
    Music is not a question of being good at moving your fingers, but the music is something you have in your soul.
  3. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    They're both fine basses. Which one do you like better?
  4. LedBelli Bass

    LedBelli Bass Fine, Handmade Custom Bass Guitars

    Dec 25, 2008
    Pasco, WA
    Take the 62 vintage if for the only reason that it will retain more of its resale value if you change up later.

    But there are better reasons if you love the vintage tone, etc. . . .

    I'm presuming the American is active. If you like active, then go for it. If not active, then what's the decision????? '62 man!!

    Personally, it's a no-brainer: the 62 reissue.
  5. I vote for the American Standard. I have one and I absolutely love it. (They're not active btw) Best Fender I've played in a LONG time.
  6. LedBelli Bass

    LedBelli Bass Fine, Handmade Custom Bass Guitars

    Dec 25, 2008
    Pasco, WA
    Then is the A.S. noiseless pups????

    The tuning machines (plastic/metal) on the A.S. suck!!

    I had an active Jazz American Deluxe that I liked. But even it had some of the most gawd-awful tuners!
  7. My American Standard doesn't have plastic/metal tuners. It has all metal Hipshot tuners. The pickups are MIA pickups. They've upgraded all the hardware on these Fenders in the last year. Even the Deluxe.
  8. Go '08....these will be regarded as a classic fender in years to come...

    why? because they GOOD!
  9. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i would recommend the Fender American Vintage '62 Jazz Bass.

    because its a very good reissue of one of the best basses of all time.

  10. I agree...:)
  11. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    What was wrong with the tuners? What did you have a problem with?
  12. blockinlay


    Feb 21, 2009
    Phila Pa
    I like the vintage pickups better, and don't have much use for the s-1 switch. I'd opt for the 62.
  13. No problem with my tuners either.
  14. k5koy


    Oct 27, 2008
    Dallas, Tx.
    Its all about the feel for me. Have you played both?. Cant really go wrong either way. Both will get you what you want...

    Koy Carson
    West Texas

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  15. 2008 hands down.
  16. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    The '62 is the only Fender bass I've ever returned. In authentic vintage fashion, it's lack of shielding creates a buzz that few other basses can. With some shielding tape, this is an easily fixable problem, but we're talking about a $2000 bass here. Add in the fact that you need to remove the neck to adjust the truss rod, and well, back it went. Great playing and looking bass, though.

    I'd go with the American Standard. It has some modern improvements that make it worthwhile, IMHO. Same quality, 3/4 the price, too.
  17. Daniel Villadse

    Daniel Villadse

    Mar 29, 2009
    Thanks guys.
    Yes, I've tried both and I liked the distribution and the varnish on the neck better on the American Standard. Too much weight on the head on the vintage.
    But I liked the slim neck and the tone better on the vintage. But there was not a big diffrence on the tone in my opinion.

    Thanks for your opinions. I will see what I will buy, your advices, opinions and personal experiences really helped me a lot - thanks.
  18. The '08s don't have the S-1 switch.
  19. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    I'd say get them Both...

    Nothing Exceeds like Excess!
  20. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    I like the American Vintage basses better, so I vote for AV62.

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