Jazz Bass Plus V info needed, please.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ian Perge, Dec 2, 2001.

  1. …I figured the best place to go for it would be Talkbass! :)

    I've always wanted a jazz-styled bass, but as I'm a "smaller" bassist (5'5",) the “standard” size is fairly unwieldy on me. I’ve recently come across a 1992 Fender Jazz Plus V, which was a “downsized” model (much like Warmoth’s “Dinky J-bass” body style,) and I’m looking for some info on the model while I consider the purchase. (I’ve found nothing on the net, btw.) Some of the information/opinions I’m looking for is;

    • Build Quality – In general, how was the build, hardware and wood quality?
    • Electronics – As I recall, the “plus” series had the same electronics package as the Kubicki Factor basses. Any opinions on how the active electronics work with reproducing a “jazz” tone? Should I consider replacements if the “platform” is worthy?
    • The B-string – If I remember correctly, this was one of the lower points of the line. Would this be a deal-breaker (I used the low B a great deal,) or are there other solutions? (such as a string-through-body bridge, or upgraded electronics)
    • Neck size/profile/string spacing – I’m assuming it’s fairly thin, but does anyone have specific numbers for nut/bridge width, string spacing, and neck profile? As comparison, I’m really comfortable on a Pedulla Rapture J-5 with the standard 17.5 mm spacing at the bridge.

    Lastly, does anyone have a general idea on how much they’re going for on the used market? I could default to my original plan of building a dinky jazz from Warmoth parts for $500-600, so does it make economic sense to spend that much on a bass that I’m unsure of the quality of?

    Thanks in advance from a relative newbee to the forum! :D
  2. natebass


    Sep 6, 2001
    Bremerton, WA
    last time I saw one at bassnw, they wanted about 5 bills for it...btw, if the preamp is a dud, call Kubicki - he has direct replacement preamps for $125.
  3. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000
    I've played a couple of early 90's Jazz 5 strings and I was'nt too impressed. I think you would end up doing a bunch of mods to it if you have particular expectations of it. I had a bass built for me using an earl 90's Jazz 5 and it is a great neck so as far as the B string is concerned it could probably be made to sound better with a better bridge. The electronics were alright but I would probably still upgrade to a Basslines or a Bartolini preamp, and I would definitely upgrade the pick ups to Aero, Basslines or Bartolini. IMO you could probably get what you want for less bread in the long run if you build a Warmoth, besides it will probably be alot of fun.