I played the new Fender Adam Clayton signature today

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zachreh, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. zachreh


    Mar 7, 2008
    south florida
    So today I took a trip to Sam Ash to see if they had any new basses and I was immediately drawn to the Adam Clayton signature.
    Some things to note about this bass:
    The finish looks soooo much better in person. I know that saying gets thrown around a lot but it is completely true for this sexy bass, it really looks great.

    It is a U.S made Fender and the setup and build quality is scary good. I actually believe that it feels nicer than the American Deluxe basses. The fit and finish on this bass is completely flawless, the neck is perfect and smooth and the neck joints near the body are so solid that it makes this bass feel like it was 100% hand made. it seriously felt like I was holding a custom shop Fender I kid you not. The setup on the bass was perfect as well. the low string action combined with the smooth neck combined with the amazing build quality and sexy finish make this one of the best Fenders I have ever played.

    Its expensive, about 1,700 but it is worth it IMO

    Just wanted to share my experience with you guys
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  2. Honkycat


    Sep 18, 2012
    I too,checked out the AC bass..It stands out right away,and looks great....I was very impressed by the setup of the bass,..flawless..It was a pleasure to play...Like the OP,I picked up a jazz deluxe directly after the AC,and it did pale a little bit in comparison (and thats coming from me,who owns a jazz deluxe),although the AC was set up more to my liking.

    Regardless of the sig on the bass,it is indeed a fine instrument,although very pricey..IMO.
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  3. PJS


    Aug 11, 2010
    That is a very beautiful bass! Hopefully I can try one someday as well. The only strange thing is, when's the last time Adam played Fenders?
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  4. Funkmabassup


    Jul 16, 2013
    im sure its a nice bass amnd all, but the whole fender "signature" concept has kinda ruined what a signature instrument should be all about, its only about sales and commercial
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  5. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    The AC suppose to have difference pickups, how they can compared against the Standard MIA and its custom shop pops?
  6. Thanks for your post! I really like the look online and wondered if it would be as nice in person, not to mention (more importantly) how it feels. Damn GAS making my insides hurt!
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  7. Nice review! The AC Jazz is one of the few Fender basses that I'd have any interest in. If it was priced about half of what it is, I'd probably go grab one right away.
  8. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    I like mine. It does have an Am. Deluxe feel to it. It has CS60's pups.

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  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    That is beautiful I really love that finish.
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  10. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Inactive

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    How do the repetitious eighth-notes sound?


    May 17, 2007
    I'm not a fan of Sherwood Green.
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  12. dtsamples

    dtsamples Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Wilmington, DE
    lol. Cause U2. In all seriousness it's a great looking bass. Love the lollipops.
  13. friendlybass


    Jul 19, 2012
    Where it really shines is those dramatically placed whole notes
  14. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    A lot better than the tapping on your Chapman Stink. :woot:
  15. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Inactive

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Stink? :eek:o_O

    Oh Adam,... it was just a joke! Have a nice day!:)
  16. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    The one I played at GC needed too much work bright out of the box for me to give it a fair review. The neck needed more than just a little tweaking. The fret job was poor and the pickup height was off.
  17. zachreh


    Mar 7, 2008
    south florida
    Im sorry to hear that. We all know that a bass's setup makes all the difference in the world. Another thing I wanted to say is that even if it was not a signature bass, I would still say the same things about it. Its a great sounding, custom shop like bass, signature or not and I would have bought it if I had the money
  18. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that the brainiac's at Fender would sell a ton more basses if they just released the 'Signature' and 'Custom Shop' colours on US Standard and US Deluxe Jazzes?
  19. Good to hear - They do seem to be churning out some nice instruments again at Fender at the moment. Have to admit to quite liking the AC signature myself. I think it's the lollipop tuners! My Classic Player Rascal arrived today and it's utterly perfect, although mine was the very bass which Thomann used in the pictures on their website for the Rascal model - They sent me a little card with a proof picture saying that everyone who looked at the Rascal on the Thomann website had been looking at my bass! Never had that before.
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  20. BboogieXVII


    Feb 4, 2013
    GC website lists them at $1,799. Looks to be a nice bass, there seem to be none in the Phoenix metro area to try out though. Sweetwater and Sam Ash also have the same price listed, but none in stock at S.Ash either.
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