1-Piece Maple, “C” Shape,
(Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
|Fingerboard||Maple with White Binding and White Pearl Block Position Inlays, (7.25” Radius/184 mm)|
|No. of Frets||20 Medium Jumbo Frets|
|Pickups||2 Vintage Jazz Bass Single-Coil Pickups|
Volume 1. (Neck Pickup),
Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup),
Tone 1. Active Bass Boost/Cut,
Tone 2. Treble Boost/Cut
2-Way Mini Toggle Switch for Active/Passive Mode.
In Passive Mode, Only The Two Volume Controls Function.
In Active Mode, Both Volume and Tone Controls Function.
|Bridge||Leo Quan Badass® II|
|Machine Heads||Vintage Style Reverse Tuning Machines|
|Pickguard||3-Ply Black (Separate Cover For Battery Compartment)|
|Scale Length||34” (864 mm)|
This could very well be one of
the best model Jazz basses out there. The reason I say this is is;
Active tone circuit: Consists of Treble and Bass controls.
Active/Passive switch: If the battery dies, just switch to passive.
Badass II bridge: Fender even notched the saddles properly.
Crafted in Japan: Excellent quality and craftsmanship.
Classic 70's styling: Pearloid blocks and binding...Awesome.
Now for a bigger explanation. With the active circuitry, this bass can deliver a plethora of different tones. Can go from Jazz growl to nice and mellow with a turn of the knob. The Active/Passive switch is a very nice touch and can get you out of a jam if the battery dies. The Badass II bridge is a nice touch. Fender notched the saddles very well. The strings travel right between the pole pieces on the pickups, as they should.
The quality and craftsmanship are fantastic, a testiment to the Japanese craftsmen. The neck pocket is tight and the neck doesn't shift at all. The 3 bolt neck plate and neck tilt adjustment work perfectly. The nut was cut just the way it should be (half the string sticking out). There are no dead spots anywhere on the neck. The frets are well seated and polished. There is no string buzz. The tuning machines work great.
The American Vintage pickups sound great. Nice growl.
One thing that amazed me was that Fender put brass inserts in the body and used machine screws for the battery cover. A very nice touch. What that means is that the wood won't get stripped out when taking off the battery cover.
The finish on the bass is flawless. I looked all over and couldn't find anything wrong with the finish.
I would have to say that this bass is very well worth the money. It also comes with a nicely padded gig bag.