SMG REVIEW: The Fender American Standard Series Jazz Bass

The Fender American Standard Series Jazz Bass is a versatile classic!

What we know of as “Fender” today began as Fender’s Radio Service towards the end of 1938 in Fullerton, California, USA. As an electronics technician, Leo Fender had experience repairing not only radios, but also phonograph players, home audio amplifiers, public address systems and musical instrument amplifiers. Leo soon became interested in improving the current musical instrument amplifiers, and he began custom-building a few amps based on his own designs.

OFF THE RACK

The Fender American Standard Series Jazz Bass has a classic feel to it, in that it does not feel like a modern bass. The Alder body gives this bass really nice tone and sustain. The neck is graphite-reinforced and has rolled edges for a broken-in feel. You have a choice of rosewood or a maple fret board on this model. This classic bass guitar stays in tune very well and has a unique string height. In my opinion, the string action is much lower than most Fender basses I have played. I’m a fan of that. I’m hoping that this is how the Jazz bass was set up from the factory. If so, you are in for a real treat. All in all, I didn’t see a need to have this bass set up for my style of play. If this is indeed a factory set up, then I applaud the factory in their set up procedure for this bass. The tone is vintage and punchy. I’d say that this bass is more of a lead type bass rather then a back round style bass guitar. It’s not a mellow bass… it gets its point across nicely. If I had to pin-point a genera, I’d go with classic jazz or fusion for this axe just because it’s really punchy. All in all, it’s one great bass.

THE SPECS

  • Alder body
  • Graphite-reinforced neck with modern C shape and satin polyurethane finish
  • Rosewood or maple fingerboard with rolled edges
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Open-back cast machine heads
  • 2 U.S. Jazz Bass single-coil pickups
  • Volume/volume/master tone controls
  • HMV Bridge (high mass vintage)
  • Chrome hardware
  • Thinner undercoat
  • Improved neck pocket

THE LOW DOWN

The Fender American Standard Jazz Bass is an awesome shorter scale bass, that is comfortable to play and has that classic vintage tone that will give you everything you need to rock out till the cows come home. It’s fairly light for a bass and has that worn in feel which I personally like. The limited number of frets is a personal choice for most players, so it was not a big deal to me as I will not be shredding sweep picking on this axe! I did get a slight hum with the pickups, but that could have been because there were a lot of electronics in the room. Either way, it was not enough to annoy me. If you are into that worn in comfortable, classic style bass…. stop what you are doing and pick one up for yourself! It’s a great bass for the price and will give you the versatility you need to play a variety of styles. Check one out and see for yourself.

Pros – Lighter weight, Classic tone, Good construction, Great string action.

Cons – N/A

Price Range – $999.00 – $1200

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

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