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.
Sold my MIM Geddy Lee Jazz to fund a vintage jazz bass. Been regretting it ever since. A used MIJ came up and didn't hesitate to grab it. Super fast neck, fun to play. My favorite, easily!
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.