New Fender Jazz for my plucking pleasure

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MilkyMcMilkMilk, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. MilkyMcMilkMilk


    Dec 17, 2008
    Picked up my new Fender Select jazz bass. It's my 1st american made Fender. Everything I read about them before buying them was really positive, the only2 negatives people had to say was the cost was to high ($2,299), which I agree with and some people reported a lot of hum.

    I found one for under $1,100 so that wasn't an issue. I have experienced zero hum.
    Now I just need to sell my stingray. The wife wasn't to happy that I bought another bass without selling
    that 1st. My Stingray is an amazing bass and has that iconic sound, I'm just moving away from active electronics, and the neck is to bulky for me.

    But this new Fender is phenomenal. It came with the action being way to high, almost unplayable in my opinion. I mentioned it to the store manager he said come back Monday when our tech is here and we'll set it up for free. So I took it home, lowered the strings and tuned it. Just tuning this bass was amazing, such a silky smooth function to the tuners. The neck isn't quite as narrow as I'd hoped. I have a 60's classic vibe squier jazz that I love the thinness of that neck. But it's not bad. The weight is great, far lighter than my other 3 basses. The top on the thing is unreal, even though this type of finish wasn't really what I was after. I really wanted something 60's style sunburst with ashtrays, but I would have paid the same amount or more for a used one that probably wouldn't have been any better build quality.

    The uniqueness of the pickups is what really drew me to this instrument. The sound for a passive bass is killer. Plugged her in and had to turn down the amp, cut bass and add treble. It really opens up my envelope filters better than my other passive jazz, but doesn't sound bad with my dirt pedals. Completely different jazz sound that I've heard before, with none of the hum that I expected. Roll the bridge pick up off a little to get a sweet slap sound. rolled all the way off the neck pick up expecting a Jaco tone, however it was much more full than the normal bridge pick up tone. I'll steal the McDonalds slogan and say I'm lovin it. All the components seem top notch. The bridge is definitely different than what i'm used to. The bridge saddles have multiple spots where the string can sit. It allows you to change up the string spacing if you want. I may experiment with spreading the D and G string apart a bit for easier plucking. The intonation was dead on. The neck feels super sturdy. The vintage style case it comes with is beautiful, the red interior compliments the bass perfectly. These cases cost around $150-$200. Came with strap and strap locks, cable and some other stuff.

    I'm really pleased. Now if I can get some time to actually play the thing. I still need to do a side by side with the Stingray to make sure I've found the one
    to replace her, but it's definitely looking that way.



    Now the biggest question I have is what pickguard is going to look better
    White pearl or Aged white pearl?
    I'm leaing toward white, I'm thinking the Aged might
    be a bit yellow or orangey and kind of not stand out as much as the white.
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  2. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    Fender Jazz Black Pearl PG. First choice, White Pearl PG second choice. By the way, Beautiful Jazz.
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  3. zeffbeff

    zeffbeff Guest

    Dec 14, 2014
    Oh man, that parchment guard is PERFECT. I don't see any reason to change it!

    Gorgeous bass. I just bought my first MIA Jazz too, and I can't say enough good things about this line!
  4. davedblyoo

    davedblyoo "All the mayhem and none of the sticky mess."

    Nov 15, 2012
    Augusta, GA
    Beautiful bass! Congratulations!
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  5. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    And where will you be posting the sale of the Music Man?

    (Just curious, I just bought a very nice AM DLX Jazz V, but I'm always interested in looking at Music Mans (Men?).
  6. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    played one @GC is was blown away! congrats to you for that great price, also.
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  7. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    The Jazz Black Pearl PG.

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  8. OldCityBassman

    OldCityBassman Guest

    Nov 10, 2014
    Beautiful bass, congratulations.
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  9. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Denver, CO

    It seems like you really like that but it would look hideous on the OP's bass. I mean really really bad
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  10. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Denver, CO
    I think it looks great as is. Nice bass for a good price! Congrats!
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  11. Ace Of Bass

    Ace Of Bass A Rooster Illusion

    Jun 27, 2006
    QUOTE="StrangerDanger, post: 16764713, member: 161275"]I think it looks great as is. Nice bass for a good price! Congrats![/QUOTE]

  12. Robert B

    Robert B Somewhere under the rainbow Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Rittman, OH, USA
    Don't change a thing. It's gorgeous!
  13. Bassitudes

    Bassitudes Guest

    Dec 16, 2014
    Toronto, Ontario
    that sounds like a real downgrade from a stingray, lol. but i guess if it fits your needs exactly it's the right thing to do for you.
  14. SamJ

    SamJ Founder - Fender MIA Club

    Apr 22, 2006
    SFO / HNL
    congrats on the new Jazz bass and welcome to the Fender MIA Club!

    That's a great looking one there btw.
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  15. ldryder

    ldryder Guest

    Sep 8, 2014
    With that spectacular amber burst finish, the pickguard should be a solid color as to not detract from the finish. The white is beautiful and black may work also. Any variety of pearl would introduce a different texture to the overall appearance and may actually clash with the amber burst.

    I changed the solid white on my Geddy Lee to pearl but the texture of the pearl pickguard doesn't clash with the solid black finish.
  16. The most expensive bass-related mistake I ever made was buying a Select P-Bass new for almost full price, considering how low the used prices have turned out to be. But they're great basses. Congrats on getting that beauty for a great price.
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  17. Yeah, THAT guy. : D Nice bass, enjoy!
  18. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Mother Pluck!! Is that sweet congrats and enjoy.
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  19. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    She's a beaut. Pluck that!
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  20. That's a lovely looking bass - Congrats!

    Although make sure you play it in a live situation against your Stingray before you ditch your main bass. You may be surprised how much more clearly the Ray cuts through with it's preamp.

    I A/B'd my new Rascal against my Classic Sabre last night in a gig and for the first set the Rascal sounded lovely and fitted in well, but the Sabre in the second set was pure, powerful and the tidal wave of tone left a huge smile on my face.

    It's a tough call to compare a new passive bass to a well known active friend. :)
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