Zone Bass review by Fender

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 5
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 6.2 (24 votes)
Fender: Zone Bass

Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: online refurbished

Sound — 8
I play classic rock. Good lows, highs are bright, played thru a variety of amps. No pickguard but it's easy to play w/a pick. Not a slap bass. There is no noise from this guitar unless you really crank up the amp volume. Even then, any background noise is barely audible.

Overall Impression — 7
Good for rock n roll...get lots of comments on the looks of this bass. I wish the E string was a little punchier. Also, the string spacing seems slightly off for some reason. Also, the G string seems too close to the edge of the neckboard. I'm use to it now, but it was a problem in the beginning. Overall, I give this bass a 7 out of 10.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I would have no problems playing this bass live w/out a back-up.

Action, Fit & Finish — 5
Factory set-up was horrible. Needed several adjustments including truss-rod. Pick-ups were loose! Needed to be tightened down. Also, bridge needed a lot of fine tuning. Now it seems better, I recommend a professional set-up if you are not a do-it-yourselfer.

Features — 9
2002 Zone Bass, split P/J pick-ups, extremely lightweight. Sunburst finish, 22 frets, rosewood neck. Plastic knobs, seem ok. Nice tuning pegs. Bridge is ok. Back of neck was a little sticky at first, could be a little smoother for faster play. The four control knobs give you an ample variety of sounds.

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