The American Standard Jazz bass was the first bass I purchased. Mine is a 2010 model, before Fender started putting their custom shop pickups in the standard series instruments. I choose a Jazz because of the smaller neck profile in comparison to a Precision bass. This bass has had some issues, none of which was the basses fault. We then bass was shipped to me, the G string was buzzing. I brought the bass to a guitar shop in my town, who ended up filing the nut and grinding the frets down. Needless to say, I will not be returning to him. I have since had a new bone nut installed on the bass and it is back to its former glory. This bass demands attention, cutting through the thickest mixes. The mid range attack is reminiscent of players such as Jaco Pastorius. Having to pickups available also opens you up to a huge variety of tones. Since owning the bass, I have upgraded the pickups to the custom shop jazz bass pickups that Fender is putting in the current model of these basses. I've found that these are much closer to original standard jazz bass pickups that the pickups that were used in the 2010 models. You cannot go wrong with one of these basses.