Aerodyne Jazz Bass Review

manufacturer: Fender date: 08/23/2007 category: Bass Guitars
Fender: Aerodyne Jazz Bass
The Aerodyne Jazz Bass is a special edition Jazz Bass featuring a bound basswood body with a unique 39" radius carved top, a rosewood fingerboard and matching painted headstock. It is loaded with a Precision/Jazz pickup combination and rear mounted controls with no pickguard.
 Overall Impression: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 8.3
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8.7
 Features: 9.3
 Sound: 8
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overall: 9
Aerodyne Jazz Bass Reviewed by: fenderaerojazz, on january 31, 2005
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Price paid: $ 600

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features: - Made in Japan - Basswood Body and Rosewood Fretboard - Passive Electronics - Jazz and Precision Pickups. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: When I frist tried the bass it was in tone and ready to play. The only problem was that the action was a little too high for my liking. Other than that I thought taht the bass was perfect. // 8

Reliability & Durability: I feel very confident playing live with this bass and have no major concerns. The hardware seems very dependable. I do have a problem with the strap sliding of sometimes, but that does not happen as much since I bought a better strap. Over all this is a very dependable bass and I do not think I need a back up for it. // 8

Overall Impression: This bass is amazing, and it totally worth the money. Before bying I also tried the Fender P-Bass special bacause I wanted the P/J combo and I found this bass to look and sound way better. I have had this bass a little of a year and I am very happy with it, the only thing that I was it had was an option for a low B string. Overall this bass is an amazing value, and I highly recomend it. // 10

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overall: 9.8
Aerodyne Jazz Bass Reviewed by: elementwood89, on june 06, 2007
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Features: I bought one of these bad boy's to replace my old 'Squire Precision' and am loving it. The shape of the guitar kind of freaked me out when I saw it at first, but I seriously love it's slim and sharp cut looks now. I got this in an Arctic White colored finish with black trim. It shares features with the Standard Jazz Bass, 2 pick-ups with individual tone knobs and volume. The shop I bought it from set it up with a BadAss II bridge and the action on the bass is unbelievable. It came with one of Fender's deluxe gig bags and a free cable. // 10

Sound: I play in an alternative rock cover band and I've been able to aquire the perfect tone for every song we've covered. I'm currently playing it through a 600W Gallien-Kreuger stack (which I also highly recommend looking at). The tonal variety, as with most jazz basses is superb. I also love the low end of this thing, it almost growls at me through my amp during heavy songs. At the same time, I can get sweet, smooth sounds by turning the tone down a bit. The only thing I could really complain about is a slight lack of 'punch' from the bridge pickup. Still great sounding though. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: I can't say I know how the original bridge was, but you might as well switch to the BadAss II bridge anyways simply because it's affordable, and so nice to play with. I didn't tamper with the pickups too much. They seemed to be setup nicely, but I'm not sure if they were adjusted in the guitar shop. The neck is of course Fender quality, frets are inlayed perfectly and the wood is blemish free. Very nice to play (especially compared to my old bass). // 10

Reliability & Durability: I've played several venues in the last month with this bass, and only brought a backup to a handful of shows. It's a very solid bass. It stays in tune well, I really only tune once or twice during a show. The strap buttons have held so far and I'm thinking they will continue to. Unless I was playing an arena or something I think I'd feel comfortable using this without a backup. The finish seems like it will last for a while, but I don't care too much about it. // 10

Overall Impression: I've been playing bass for around 4 years now and have tried several basses including a Fender Precision, Gibson SG Bass, one of Ibanez's basses, and a Hofner. This bass, by far, is the best I've played yet. I think I will play this one for a while. The only thing I might do is look into switching pickups (not that the current ones are bad, I just want a little more 'umph' in my sound). I'd highly recommend this bass to anyone. // 10

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overall: 8
Aerodyne Jazz Bass Reviewed by: Zachy Boy, on august 23, 2007
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Features: Rosewood fingerboard, 20 fret style, maple neck. Black finish (I've seen the custom style in blue and red), with a cream binding around edging of the bass (top only). A Split single-coil Precision Bass pickup, and one single coil Jazz Bass pickup. The controls consist of simple volume, volume, and tone knobs. The knobs themselves come in a chromed gray color, the jack plate, a Fender strat style, also comes chromed gray as the knobs. Standard 4-saddle style bridge non locking Fender tuners complete the Fender Aerodyne Bass. This Bass has a unique shape, it's a little bit of a pain to get used to putting it in a stand, but it will fit. Th bass is Japaneese made. // 8

Sound: This guitar fits my style as a fast metal rocker; any other Fender bass would not suit my style. This is a great rock and metal guitar, I mostly use two BP80 DiGi Tech Bass Processors (It's what I recommend) allow me to distort my heavy metal bass. The strings are not noisy, but can ring if strung loudly. // 7

Action, Fit & Finish: The guitar, overall, was set up very well. The pickups were a little high, but that was an easy fix. The rest of the guitar, was basically flawless, but even the slightest dent will make you sorry. If you plan to replace any knobs becareful not to pry them off, just use your fingers. // 8

Reliability & Durability: I've used this bass countless times, many shows. The hardware is perfect, though I replaced the knobs and the jack-plate, seriously to much black, the chrome looks much better. Without a back-up? Of course, this bass is almost flawless, except for the pointy-ass pickups. The finish doesn't wear off, but dents show up extremely well. // 7

Overall Impression: The style of the guitar lets me play fast; it really lets me use bends very well. The strings remain close to the frets for easy hammering and pulling off. Tapping is a thing of the past with this bass. I've been playing for three years myself. I have a small blown out Dean Markley amp, and the two processors I mentioned above. If someone stole it, I would definitely consider getting another Aerodyne Bass, though I have yet to see another one. OK the bass isn't perfect, but it's close, I would consider new pickup covers, the stock pickups are point and hurt when you hit them wrong. I do love the strings close-ness to the strings. My favorite feature is that it's the only bass I have found easy to tap on. I wish it had a whammy bar. Yeah a whammy bar for a bass, but that's just a dream. // 10

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