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Based on 41 Reviews and 274 Ratings
Great slab of wood, but MIM needs upgrades to become a player's guitar to be closer to an American Fender Jazz out of the box
1997 "Standard Jazz Bass" aka the MIM, Alder body with Rosewood fretboard. Upgraded with copper shielded body cavity, Fender Custom Shop 60's pickups with new pads, CTS pots, heavy gauge wiring, professional setup by a Luthier, Fender American TRS jack, Fender American pick guard in black, with the sunburst body shown. Currently strung with DR Fat Beams Marcus Miller MM-45 45-65-85-105 stainless steel round wounds for that low grand piano key rumble.
Upgrades I still want to do are a HipShot Drop-D tuner or . whole set with the Drop-D, replace the synthetic bone nut with a true bone nut, and ideally a Badass II bridge or a Hipshot high mass.
Overall it plays great and the Custom Shop 60's pickups and electronics upgrades made it come alive and feel like a real instrument. With pedals, preamps and amps, it's a tonebeast that I can make morph into almost any bass guitar sound. It sounds great just through a good DI box like my Radial Pro DI2 straight into any mixing console or audio interface. The only thing lacking in a Jazz Bass is just the low end power of a P Bass, for which you just need to go get a Precision Bass for. I've been meaning to toy with some LaBella flat wounds, but haven't gotten around to it yet, since I can go from Marcus Miller style funk, to Jaco fusion, to Justin Chancellor clang, to Timmy C overdrive, to Royal Blood bi-amped madness, by just turning pedals on and off.
Great all-around bass
Great for playing slap style bass and for accompaniment with electric piano. Sings with round-wound strings or with D'Addario Chromes, but not with other flat-wound or tape-wound strings. Has lots of sounds to choose from between the bridge and neck pickups--everything except a true P-bass sound.
I've had this thing for about seven years and it is exactly what you'd expect. A dependable, well playing gig machine. In recent years, it's been relegated to backup status behind a Stingray, but it has put in its time and done well.
This thing doesn't do anything special, but it does its job well and lasts forever.
Mine has had the electronics completely swapped for a John East J-Tone 01 preamp and Delano JC 4 AL pickups.
Yes! Buy one!
I pushed back on J basses for years because I just wanted to love P basses more but I finally came to the dark side… well, actually it's a white on white bass… so.
I love the clarity and punch I get from this late 2000's J bass; the rosewood fretboard gives me just enough darkness that I don't even feel like it's brittle or sharp and the neck profile is extremely comfortable.
There's nothing special about mine, but I'd recommend you buy one, because.
Simply one of the greatest basses of all time. It's a sturdy, high-quality instrument that will probably never let you down. These American-made Jazz Basses can follow you around the world without falling apart on you. In fact, they seem to only sound better with age. It's growly, yet warm.