Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass (Surf Pearl, Pau Ferro)
Fender Product Overview
Elegant and packed with versatile tones, the Deluxe Active Jazz Bass is ideal for bassists who need a flexible tone machine that looks great on stage. Fender’s classic offset bass style is blended with powerful tone and smooth playing feel to create an instrument that punches well above its weight without breaking a working bassist’s wallet. On stage or in the studio, the rich, timeless Jazz Bass tone will easily find a home in any style of music.
Powered by a pair of growling Vintage Noiseless Jazz Bass bridge pickups, this instrument’s bright, full sound easily cuts through a mix, ensuring the bass is heard clearly while retaining punch and low end authority. Active/passive switching makes it easy to access both vintage-styled and modern voices, further extending this instrument’s sonic flexibility. The robust control scheme includes a three-band active EQ with treble, mid and bass controls—each with boost and cut to accurately shape your tone—along with a pan pot for precision blending of the pickups’ potent sound. The four-saddle Fender HiMass bridge improves every note’s sustain and resonance, while enhancing the attack for lively tone that lets your sonic personality shine through. The "C"-shaped maple neck is comfortable for all playing styles and hosts a 1.5" synthetic bone nut and fast-playing 12"-radius fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets for a familiar playing feel.
The alder body bears a durable gloss polyester finish that looks great under the spotlight while being tough enough to shrug off the abuse of gigging and traveling. Classic Jazz Bass appointments include vintage-style black plastic Jazz Bass control knobs, nickel/chrome hardware, black pickup covers, pearloid dot inlays and a 3-ply B/W/B pickguard.
Combining authentic design, modern performance and classic Fender tone, the Deluxe Active Jazz Bass rises to any playing occasion with style and sonic grace. Includes deluxe gig bag.
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- Body Material: Alder
- Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
- Neck Material: Maple
- Neck Shape: "C" Shape
- Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
- Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
- Number of Frets: 20
- Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
- String Nut: Synthetic Bone
- Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
- Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
- Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Asymmetrical
- Neck Finish: Satin Polyurethane
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Position Inlays: Black Pearloid Dots on Maple, White Pearloid Dots on Rosewood
- Bridge Pickup: Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless™ Jazz Bass with Nickel-Plated Pole Pieces
- Middle Pickup: Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless™ Jazz Bass with Nickel Plated Pole Pieces
- Controls: Master Volume, Pan Control, Three-Band Active EQ with Treble Boost/Cut, Bass Boost/Cut and Mid Boost/Cut
- Pickup Switching: Pan Pot
- Bridge: 4-Saddle HiMass
- Tuning Machines: Standard Open-Gear
- Orientation: Right-Hand
- Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
- Control Knobs: Vintage Style Black Plastic Jazz Bass®
- Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (Gauges .045 - .105)
Beautiful guitar. Great sound and feel, haven't played bass for about 7 years so was a bit rusty, but this guitar felt natural from the start. Which definitely helped me gain confidence quickly again. Beautiful craftsmanship and finish, getting hard to tell them from the American made ones now.
I’ve had my Fender Deluxe for a week now and...it’s a beast. It has replaced my Ibanez ATK 800E as my main bass. Came in a decent, although kinda cheap looking gigbag, and the first thing that caught my eye was the size. It’s a Big bass and a bit on the heavy side. Very well balanced when you strap it on though, and the neck is thin and comfortable, so no complaints. Although, if you’re short or have narrow shoulders you should consider buying a Mustang or Jaguar bass instead I think. Even if you can handle the weight, it’d look massive on you. Anyhow, make sure you have a nice and wide strap if you’re gigging with this on the regular. Killer green colour. I love the finish and the Pau ferro fretboard looks and feels amazing. Hi mass bridge keeping everything tight and in place. Decent quality tuners. Took me a while to get used to the eq knobs (a couple of them were loose as well, had to screw them myself) and the way the single coils work, but this bass is really, really versatile. The only cons I can find about this Jazz bass are: It’s got too much output in the active mode compared to passive mode. I wouldn’t buy this bass if you’re planning on playing passive a lot. It comes set up with a very low action, wich causes no major fret buzz, but it can cause some pickup noise, as the strings can touch the pickups when you dig in too much (wich I do. A lot). It’s a Mexican fender, wich means that they’re not going to come perfectly set up from the factory. I had to adjust the pickup height, tighten the screws on the eq knobs and give the truss rod a nudge. Overall, it’s a good investment, plays great and makes me think I’m Marcus Miller, wich is what every bass should make you feel.
Lovely well balanced guitar. Plays well with great tonal control. Great value for money. Looks cool too.