I have gone through a couple basses. I borrowed some of these and owned some: A Schecter Stiletto Elite 4, a 6 string ESP B206, a Musicman Stringray 5, and an American 5 string P bass. Once I tried this bass, it was the one. I was originally a humbucker guy because I liked the idea of power in my playing but I eventually learned it muffled the sound to my ears, adding a lot of rumble that got mixed into the rest of the band. So I decided on single coils for their punch and it drives an amp differently. I also figured out passive was much better than active because it had spongey, woody, natural tone. Active sounded very clinical, which some people would love. It's tighter and bigger if active, but I love classic tones from Geddy Lee, John Entwhistle, Jack Bruce, and John Paul Jones. So the tone mixed together with a super comfortable neck that just seems right...I wouldn't perceive it as a thin neck like advertised unless I was told. It also looks awesome and has some customs add ons that Geddy likes: block inlays, a MASSIVE bridge that adds punch, resonance, and bite.
All in all, great bass with bright and deep tones that fills all styles that would not call for the hi-fi detail of an active bass. For instance, I would not want this bass to play Periphery or Bullet for my Valentine. They need a different sound than this offers. This is the classic tone of 70's rock and modern alternative. I love it,
I am primarily a guitarist but have recently taken up bass as a sideman for a couple of projects as well as playing bass on original compositions... I can honestly say this particular bass is most fantastic to the touch and feel... I put some Rotosound 65-115 and tune down a half step... big, bassy and ballsy! Great thin profile neck... I also swapped out the white pick guard for a black one to match the look of my 73 Fender Strat... loves it!!!
With the pickup spacing like they had in the early 70s with the treble pickup nearer the bridge you get more aggression from this Jazz than most. However, the stock pickups have rather low output. This isn’t nevcessarily a bad thing I just prefer hotter, more responsive pickups. I’m considering a J-Retro preamp by John East to give the bass more oomph.
For the price, a great instrument for anyone from a student to a professional. My daughter has mine at the moment, but I used it for years on stage. Mine's a 2002 from a pretty good year at the Fender Japan factory. I hear the Killers' bassist has about a half dozen of these for their tours because they're so dependable and consistent.