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New American Fender Deluxe IV or V

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Peoplefantastic, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Peoplefantastic


    Aug 15, 2012

    I picked up one of Fenders New (2011? i think) American Deluxe Jazz basses (V string and in Olympc White) a few months ago.

    I like the feel, love the look (esp. the block inlays) The new high mass bridges are pretty great, no need to swap to a badass or whatever. Tuners seem typical Fender quality and I like the control layout...I like having a switch for passive/active instead of a push/pull...sorta.

    But after playing it for a few months, there are a few things (esp tonally) that I feel it lacks.

    So my question is.....
    • Is there anyone out there that feels the same way?
    • what are YOUR thoughts?

    • Is there anyone out there that has done some custom mod's on the bass?
    • Care to share what you've done? Results?

    Im just curious is all and would like some suggestions/ideas about what I should with mine so I figure I'd consult with the community first.

    Thanks everyone!
  2. SwitchGear


    Mar 23, 2005
    Put on a new set of strings. The stock Fender 8250's are nice with tapered E & B strings. That is what I would do.
  3. johng999


    Jul 14, 2008
    I really can't fault mine. I did change strings and had set it up to my liking, but once dialed in it is a fine bass. The B string is especially nice. Full and strong, which I don't find on a lot of 5's. But after saying all that, I am not using in much right now. I am playing more 4 string these days on a 64 custom shop NOS jazz, which is a very different beast, and better suited (IMHO) for the blues and R&B that my band does.
  4. Peoplefantastic


    Aug 15, 2012
    I put a set of D'Addario Nickel Wounds....and they are not cutting through at all.

    When the highs are clear then the lows are invisible...and the same vice versa.
    I will look into those those strings though...maybe i should go for a heavier gauge as well.

  5. Peoplefantastic


    Aug 15, 2012
    Uuuuh...yah, I would too.


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