Your favorite jazz bass and why?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassistForJesus, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. BassistForJesus


    Sep 28, 2010
    Collectively your responses will get me closer to purchasing a super nice jazz bass. I am looking for comparisons, tonal flexibility, customer service, etc.
  2. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    I really like Lakland Dj with a J retro, I used to own a Sadowsky PJ with the VTC control that was great as well. Both companies have excellent customer service.
  3. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    Personally, a MIM Standard jazz bass does it for me, as I can't hear anything different between this and an American Standard jazz bass that would make me want to pay the extra money. Oh, and with the money saved I'd buy some EMG JHZ pickups and a badass II bridge, because one of these with the extras in my opinion sounds and plays better than any other jazz bass :). Oh, and Fender is Fender, so if anything goes wrong or you need help with anything, pretty much any shop can help you out.
  4. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy

  5. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    Having owned a number of Fender jazz basses over the years, my favorite is my Sadowsky. As Roger frequently says, it's a working musicians instrument. I live the new Fenders. They're impressive. My old 66 was a sweetheart. The three MIJ's I have had over the years are impressive. But, the Sadowsky is such a cut above. I have had it for six years and have not had gas since. I can always find my tone. My exact in my head tone everytime. Fit and finish is impeccable. Pride of ownership is big.
  6. Fender Mia 2012...

    It's really well balanced...

    Great neck, not too heavy and a great jazz bass tone...

  7. Dbt25677


    Jun 9, 2013
    The 1961 Jazz Bass that Flea used to record Stadium Arcadium.
    The tone is just UUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHH.
  8. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    +2. I own MIAs and CIJs, but my MIMs get the most playing time.
  9. n1as

    n1as Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2013
    I'm bought a Carvin SB5000. Liked it but it was heavy. Gave it to my son and ordered a lighter one for me. Really love the bass. The fretwork is just fine (no sharp edges). Neck width and string spacing are to my liking. Overall tone is very Fender like but with a bit more "oomph". Some say they are bright but I find it to not be so. It is clear and full. Fit and finish is top-notch. Fender MIM quality at a lower price.

    If I didn't buy the Carvin, I'd have bought a Standard MIA Jazz, or maybe another Warmoth.

    I had a couple of MIM Jazz basses in the past. THey were good, but not great. There was a significant dead spot (7th fret, G string) and the B note (A string 2nd fret) was hot. Frets were rough on the edges. Stock pickups sounded lame. Mine had Bartolini and DiMarzio pickups. After owning 2 MIM Jazz bass, I would not spend my money on another MIM again.

    Others, of course, are free to have different experiences and spend their money differently.

    - Keith -
  10. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    My faves are a Carvin SB5000 and a Sadowsky Metro MV5.
  11. Fit4pain

    Fit4pain Gold Supporting Member

    May 30, 2012
    San Antonio Texas
    MIJ Fender Aerodyne, light, versatile and looks ad good as it plays.
  12. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    My Lakland Joe Osborn 4 is the best J bass I've ever played. It's incredible. My Sadowsky JJ5 is right up there with it.
  13. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Ben Lindsey jazz bass. I have three of them. Ben's customer service and quality are excellent. More important, the basses feel like I've been playing them for years as soon as I pick them up and they look and sound great.
  14. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    I know Jaguar's technically aren't jazz basses, but they pretty much are... only more versatile!
  15. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Having run through several different Js the last few months, and ending up with a MIM FSR (basically a standard) I agree.

  16. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    So are you
    about MIM standard Jazz basses, right?

    They're honestly impressive for the price
    And I dare to add the rare "Standard V"

  17. IPA


    May 5, 2010
  18. Jackie Clark

    Jackie Clark Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2004
    Jackie Clark endorses Sire guitars, EBS amps and pedals,Evidence Audio,iGiG cases,Sire Marcus Miller V& jazz basses
    My very first bass was a '74 jazz my mom bought for $250 in ' condition! I still record with it today and I'd be willing to put it up against any J-bass out there!

    I also owned a 2002 Joe Osborn Lakland I got from when I was an artist with the company...I recently sold it here on TB but,it was to a good friend so,I still have access :) :)

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  19. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    So you got it filled up with signatures, Seymour Duncan's QP and a... gold plated Leo Quann's BadAssII bridge?

    Other than those, is it all stock?

  20. freshbass


    Jul 17, 2004
    Fender Road worn jazz bass. Instantly comfortable for this 57 yr. old pro. real old school tone.