Deluxe Active Jazz Bass review by Fender

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (42 votes)
Fender: Deluxe Active Jazz Bass

Sound — 10
It is a slappers dream. The Jazz pickups are made for the popping and slappign that you all love to do but, with an adjustable knob that switches in between bridge and back pickups you are able slap and pop will having it on the bridge setting while finger style and pick switching it to the back. The finger style settings make it sound cool and mellow while the slap settings give you that all round pop and slap funkness you've alwasy dreamed of.

Overall Impression — 10
This is ideal for slapping and popping maniacs, with funk, groove, punk and rock setting. No wonder flea uses one of these babies because it is perfect for the music he plays. If you are into Red Hot Chili Peppers or idolise flea and funk gods, then this is the bass for you!

Reliability & Durability — 9
While this beast is amazing the only problem you might have is the factory strings that come with it. They may easily break and snap if popped too hard but can easily be replaced by new ones. Once the new ones are installed it sounds even better, my tip, replace the strings as soon as you get them. It is a very dependable bass never failing or faulting and always gig ready.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The finish is unbelievable. A creamy white colour that sparkles silver when you look at it close enough and a red tortoiseshell scratchplate, no wonder this beast sells out so fast. It is also light as a feather while having a well re-inforced neck and tough as nuts body to stop those immanant crackings you always dread.

Features — 10
This beast is the ultra in slap bass manufacturing. It is a USA Fender Jazz Deluxe ported over to WA. It's tortoise shell red flecked scratchboard with white finish makes it look irresistable. It's got a wood finish neck with pearl coloured frets. It's as light as a feather meaning you can jumpa round like an idiot on satge without even straining. With 22 frets you are able to reach the highest notes with no propblem. With a tuner knob that switches between the front and back pickups (Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless Jazz Bass Pickups with Nickel Plated Pole Pieces) it is the ultimate in noise fitting madness.

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    With 22 frets you are able to reach the highest notes with no propblem.
    It actually only has 20 frets. At least my one. Learn to count.
    thfc wrote: With 22 frets you are able to reach the highest notes with no propblem. It actually only has 20 frets. At least my one. Learn to count.
    then you have a different bass
    JtaBass actually reviewed a totally different bass, the AMERICAN deluxe, which is over a grand...
    the model being reviewed here is actually made in mexico. ive had mine for about two years now and it still rocks hard. it is starting to hum a bit, but i think the ground wire is loose, not hard to have fixed. i put a leo quan badass bridge on it too, and it makes a HUGE difference, especially for da funk.
    Bought a Deluxe Active Jazz bass 2 weeks ago. All I can say is that I love it!!!
    Ordered mine recently, will post my own review when I get it. I hope I can get a nice warm sound out of it for some Soulier things.
    Got it on friday. Love the tones, hate the neck. It's impossible to play fingerstyle fast on it (say anthrax or iron maiden style), since there's no place to fully stretch your fingers. Good for pick players though, sounds really perfect!