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Jazz Delux-Am I seeing things?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Timothy6480, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. Timothy6480


    Jul 13, 2008
    Babylon NY
    Is the body of a jazz deluxe slightly different from a standard jazz? Or is it my imagination?
  2. You're right. The bottom spoke or whatever you call it is shorter.
  3. nickn


    Oct 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yes it is, same with the Precision Deluxe. IMO it looks a little strange on the Jazz but not too bad on the Precision.
  4. I believe the repositioning of the lower horn is for better upper fret access.
  5. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    You're right. The Dlx model has the "longhorn" shape that Fender tried in the early 90's. The upper horn is a little longer and as noted above, the lower cutaway is deeper for easier access to the upper frets. I believe it is also 24 fret but I'm too lazy right now to go into my practice room and check.:bag:
  6. Croox


    Sep 16, 2007
    South Side Chicago

    the top is a Deluxe the black one is a American standard.
  7. very nice, heres its rosewood sister

  8. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    The downsized body is a real blessing - both weight-wise & for overall comfort. I love mine - best bass I've ever owned...

    Also, upper fret access is a breeze...

  9. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    Definitely NOT your imagination. I remember the first time I saw one of those basses; it was all I could do to keep from running out of the store screaming. I guess that makes me a conservative.....

    *runs screaming out of thread*
  10. SG-Jazz


    Dec 24, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I love mine, upper frets are a breeze to hit, even when hitting chords, oh yeah chords our well defined with this bass thanks to the sc pick ups
  11. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    I LOVE my Fender American Deluxe Jazz.

    I haven't had it for long, but I love the tone. And contrary to the majority of you "traditionalist" weirdos out there, I love the body shape. I think the classic Jazz body is too bulky and blocky, and overall not as comfortable.

    And yes, that's coming from a Stingray fan (and Stingrays are both blocky and bulky). You might call me a hypocrite, but for me, those particular aspects of the body work well on the 'Ray where they fail on the Jazz. :D
  12. Sithian

    Sithian Operator! Give me the number for 9-1-1! Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2008
    New Jersey
    So it seems one of the differences is that there is a mid boost/cut- do you deluxers out there find this much more useful than the standard configuration?
  13. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    YES! The mid-boost/cut makes all the difference in tone in my book. Now, I still love the classic passive J tone, but when I'm looking for something "different" that mid top of the stack knob seems to be the most useful.:hyper:
  14. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    It is a nice option to have onboard when I feel I'm not cutting through as well as I'd like (which is not very often), but it's nice to be able to bump the mids up from the bass rather than the amp. I also gotta say the midrange has a very powerful boost range (and cut) as compared to other basses I've owned. Just a little boost/cut will do 'ya.

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