What do you think of the Fender Jazz Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SilveRKidd19, Sep 30, 2001.

  1. SilveRKidd19

    SilveRKidd19 Guest

    Sep 28, 2001
    New York
    Hi, Just write about the Fender Standerd Jazz Bass. Anything it could be good or bad!
  2. I have a MIM Jazz and its absolutely wonderful. It sounds terrific, looks terrific (midnight blue, gotta love it) and plays terrific. The neck feels good. The only complaint I have about mine is the bridge saddle screws (not the intonation screws...but the ones responsible for bridge saddle height) tend to loosen and the saddles fall down. That's probably nothing that some Locktite wouldnt fix.
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Welcome to TalkBass, SilveRKidd19!!!

    You made a good choice w/your Fender Std Jazz bass. Very reliable, great sounding basses. There is some good & bad w/this & all other basses. Some of the bad are like what Nomadic Herder said. I had a Std P bass that did the same thing. Some people feel that the pick up's aren't that great. The good thing about thiese basses is that they're VERY UPGRADABLE!!! Every company alive makes Fender replacement parts. In time when you fell the need for a new bass for whtever reason, you can put some money into this bass & have an AWESOME bass, i.e. new pick up's (EMG, DiMarzio, Seymour Duncan) new bridge (BadAss II, Schaller, Gotoh), new tuning machine (Schaller, Gotoh). There are alot of other companied but I just gave you a few. Good luck w/your new bass!!!!
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  4. Oysterman

    Oysterman Guest

    Mar 30, 2000
    Reliable? Well... I may not have experienced the saddle screw thing Nomadic has, but instead I the electronics in mine seem to live a life of their own and work pretty much when they feel like it... nothing that can't be remedied with a soldering iron, but I just haven't done that yet. Hell knows why, maybe I need a reason to whine! :D

    Great sounding? Yes, sir! [​IMG]

    But one thing that really annoys me with Fender and the MIM line, is that they (Fender) seem to DELIBERATELY have made the MIM Jazz a worse instrument than the USA Jazzes, construction-wise, with the only reason being that it would be inferior to the American models! If the Mexican Fenders were made from the exact same blueprints as the American, I am sure they would be perform just as good, for several $100 less.

    No matter what, for the money you pay, they're a killer deal! A classic bass that blends well with any kind of music!
  5. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I love mine, except my ground wire is messed up. It is soldered on to the input jack, and it is touching the bridge, but there is still ground buzz. What is wrong?
  6. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Construction-wise, my '92 MIM J is as well put together as most MIA's that I've played/worked on. Where I see the difference is in the quality of the materials used... Tuners, pickups, bridge, body woods, fingerboard, etc... With the MIM's, you get a very basic model that will perform well in a lot of situations. Also, these basses are extremely upgradeable as Nino stated. It's all in how much is it worth for the customer to perform the upgrades?

    Fender makes no secret of the fact that when you buy the MIM, you're buying the 'standard' level... When you buy MIA, you're buying 'deluxe'. This is a pretty savvy marketing move. I work for a manufacturing company making medical equipment that has the same philosophy. Target the folks just getting into the field with well made, very basic equipment. These same folks will more often that not buy the more feature intensive line once they get into private practice.

    With the MIM's, Fender has created a line of good, reliable, 'starter' models that beginners can afford, will continue to find useable, and hopefully lead them to buy the more 'premier' MIA instruments. IMO, the MIM's are one of the better deals out there.

  7. Sounds like you have run into the biggest MIM JB downside..the fact that the pickups are not reverse polarity/wound so they won't humcancel ever...
  8. SilveRKidd19

    SilveRKidd19 Guest

    Sep 28, 2001
    New York
    Playing Bass is not a hobby its life!
  9. my fender american standard is the greatest thing since sliced bread. you cant go wrong. they are great, sturdy, reliable, beautiful, and definately a classic. Im gonna buy another one soon, and a P too. I love fenders.
  10. Im getting my american Fender Jazz V tommaorw :D....red sunburst with a white pick guard...timeless
  11. Sammy Camden

    Sammy Camden Guest

    Dec 12, 1999
    Chicago NW 'burbs.
    The Fender Jazz bass is the second best bass that has ever been invented, the P-BASS being the best!

    Now that I've said that and will probably get a whole of people all twisted up over it, let me comment further.

    I currently own one jazz bass, and AmStd. It is one fine instrument. A couple of years ago, I had thought of getting one made by the Fender Custom Shop. Well, after I recovered from the sticker shock. I decided to have my already excellent J-Bass customized to my liking. It now has a J-Retro preamp, a very nice custom finish, abalone block inlays in the neck, modified pick guard, and several other little changes. I took an already wonderful instrument and made it even better.

    I used to own an MIM J-bass and still reget letting it go. It was one of the really good ones. A moment of stupidity and it was gone. If you get a good MIM, you've got a very fine instrument. The best ones are as good as any MIA that you can find. However, you will have to look and play to find the jewels in the MIMs.

    I had an AmStd Jazz-V and got rid of it. Not that there was anything wrong with the instrument, because there wasn't. I wanted a 5-string with a wider string spacing than the J-V so I replaced it with a Fender RB-5.

    Anyway, when you buy an MIA, you will find it much easier to get good ones as they are overall, a much better built instrument. Occassionally, you will even luck out with the MIAs and get a Custom Shop quality instrument for MIA price.

    Yep! If you like the Jazz, go with it. You won't go wrong. Of course, it won't be complete until you have a P-BASS to go with it.
  12. I recently bought a Standard J-bass, and i love it..
    go for it ! :D
  13. nickis thebest

    nickis thebest Guest

    Aug 17, 2000
    bible belt, usa
    oh for sure! mim jazz basses are the best basses in the world (for under $500 at least)
    ive had mine for two years and it still amazes me
  14. Old Blue

    Old Blue Guest

    Mar 18, 2000
    My '95 MIM J is a very solid instrument. Like others have already mentioned, the pickups were weak. I replaced mine with a set of American Std pups, and that's the only change I've made. It plays nice and sounds just like a Jazz should. IMHO, Fender's Mexican products are a very good value.
  15. Mexico has the best stuff..

    the best basses, the best food, the best booze, the best chiquitta's ( ;) ), etc, etc
  16. Cogno

    Cogno Guest

    Jun 11, 2001
    The Fender Jazz Bass is the Best bass design to this date. There are many copiers that have made improvements I.e. Sadowsky, Carvin, Lakland, but they owe all to the original Fender Jazz design.
  17. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    No no, i have DP 123, bridge pickup, and when that is soloed, there is ground buzz, not hum. There is no buzz when i touch the jack, bridge, strings, pegs, etc.
  18. I just got my american 5 string, it is sweet. I took it to the music store today to try some good amps. Hopefully by the end of the week ill have got about $1400 worth of new gear
  19. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    I have an 00' MIM Jazz in midnight wine. I love it! Plays nicely, and sounds very good IMHO. I have it strung with Fender 9050ML flatwounds.
    As for the pickups; while they do hum a bit when the amp is cranked, I like the way they sound, so I think I'm going to keep them, at least for now.
    try one, I think you'll really like it.
  20. Oh, right. I see. I had that problem with a set of ultrajazz pickups. Only solution was shielding paint in the cavities. Then ground the cavity walls to the back of a pot.