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roscoe beck IV or deluxe american jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by A Minor, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. title says it all, i can't decide which i want to play, i LOVE jazz basses but the roscoe beck appears to be everything i want (the guitar place near me only has the jazzes with rosewood fretboards and i want a maple one). I haven't played either yet so i was wondering if the people that have played them or even own them could give me a comparison of the two with all the pro's and con's for each that you can think.

    also should i get the jazz would it be best to leave the neck that it has own it or would it be ok to swap it out for a different one with a maple fretboard?
  2. Aragorn35016


    Jul 3, 2004
    Arab, Al.
    Ive owned both (currently on the RBIV) and had an american deluxe Jazz for about 5 years. Its hard to do this comparison because the current american deluxe J's have different pickups and preamps than the 97 model I had. To me though the RB sounds more like a Jazz than the american deluxe I had plus you have tons of different tonal options with it with all the available pickup configurations.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    RB IV :bassist:
  4. yea that's what i was figuring but i thought i'd at least give the jazz bass a fighting chance and ask you guys for opinions, i'm still open but you two told me exactly what i expect (and wanted) to hear!
  5. the r.beck sig is quite a versatile bass.The D Tuner helps!!!
  6. i don't quite know how to ask this question but which....feels better....the last bass that i had was a marcus miller jazz bass and it FELT amazing to me, especially slapping...i can't even describe it but i haven't been able to get that same feeling with any other bass...they just i dunno....now that i think about it......marcus miller jazz vs roscoe beck IV
  7. I've owned a 2000 J Deluxe and curently own a RBV. Both are incredible basses and you would be very happy with either.

    The construction on both basses are great, I think I may like the feel of the RBV a bit more, but as far as versatility of sound goes, I'd have to say the active electronics on the J Deluxe sounded better than the RBV, though you are able to dial in a bunch of stuff on the RB. The J Deluxe just happened to have the best electronics of any bass I've owned.

    But again, both are high quality instruments that'll get the job done and then some. :bassist:

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