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Is a Fender Elite Jazz worth a Yamaha BB734a and a Sire V7?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by twc1313, May 21, 2018.


  1. twc1313

    twc1313 Practice is the cure for GAS...or so I've heard.

    Oct 28, 2013
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    I have the opportunity to get a new Fender Elite Jazz in Ocean Turquoise if I give up my Sire V7 and Yamaha BB734a. Is the Elite worth it?

    Background:
    I have another active P/J (Talman 300) that I do love, doesn't sound as clear as the BB, but still sounds great and feels amazing to play.
    The Sire neck radius does bug me a bit for some reason.
    I gig weekly in two cover bands that covers, one that is getting pretty successful. These bands cover classic rock, dance, hip hop, and alternative.

    What say you gents?
     
  2. TheOriginalName

    TheOriginalName

    May 28, 2018
    I dunno. In my opinion, the more basses, the better. I only have one, so maybe I’m speaking with no valid experience, but I know I probably wouldn’t sell two basses for one. That being said, if you’ve tried this bass out and it covers both areas those basses excel in, it feels good, and it really calls to you, then I don’t think you can go wrong.
     
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  3. TB24

    TB24

    May 5, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    No right or wrong answer, but I own all three and love my Elite Jazz. Because of the affordable price I would feel comfortable selling the MM and the Yamaha. You can always pick up a used one fairly cheap if you decided you want them back in your life. But a broken in Fender Jazz and P bass, especially my Elites, are just classic sounds I could not live with out.
     
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  4. TheOriginalName

    TheOriginalName

    May 28, 2018
    I swear the MM in your reply had me thinking you were saying musicman...I’m stupid...
     
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  5. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    If get the Elite and keep the BB. The Sire and the Talman would go.
    You already said the Sire neck bothers you and the Talman doesn’t sound as good to you as the B.B.

    You should make sure you like the neck on the Fender Elite. It is very different from all those basses you’ve mentioned.
     
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  6. mouthmw

    mouthmw

    Jul 19, 2009
    Croatia
    I'd say yes.
     
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  7. joebar

    joebar

    Jan 10, 2010
    The elite jazz is a very refined instrument.
    It’s perfect for those players who may think a traditional single coil is too harsh.
    I get incredibly good tone out of mine at gigs.
     
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  8. jeffb28451

    jeffb28451 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Leland NC
    I have 14 basses. If I only had my Elite Jazz, I’d be okay with that. It really is that good, for my hands and my purposes
     
  9. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Since I own 21+ basses, you know my answer :D
     
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  10. twc1313

    twc1313 Practice is the cure for GAS...or so I've heard.

    Oct 28, 2013
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    Thanks for all the advice friends. I played the Elite and while I must say that it is a beautiful instrument, well-made, and killer tone; it didn't speak to me as much as I had hoped. However, what did speak to me is a new Stingray Special in Charcoal Sparkle and it will be arriving Thursday. So I will have the Sire V7 and the EBMM.
     
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  11. jeffb28451

    jeffb28451 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Leland NC
    I hear ya'. 1999 Stingray was the last bass (my Wife says "last bass"? No, just most recent) that I got. I played EBMM through the 80s and forgot what a no-nonsense little hammer these guys are. To me, a bit of a one trick pony, but not too much so and if so, it's a good trick. Gotta have one in the stable, right?
     
  12. mouthmw

    mouthmw

    Jul 19, 2009
    Croatia
    Good choice! As much as I like jazz basses, they don't speak to me as much, and don't quite inspire me the same way my P and Ray do, which is why I'm a P and Ray guy. Make sure you review that new Special! I'm quite curious about those.
     
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  13. TB24

    TB24

    May 5, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Lol, that's funny. No, MM = Marcus Miller bass :)
     
  14. TheOriginalName

    TheOriginalName

    May 28, 2018
    I love my Sub Ray. Like, sure, other basses can be more versatile, but Musicman basses have, at least imo, more personality
    I figured as such after thinking it was music man for like a solid 3 minutes...
     
  15. TB24

    TB24

    May 5, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    :laugh:
     

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