Price paid: $ 120
Purchased from: Local Guitar Shop
Sound — 9
Playing jazz, blues and rock style music. Sounds exactly like a Fender Standard series J Bass. Excellent tonal range and clearity. Very good sound overall. Typical Jazz Bass single coil sound. Great Jazz, blues and rock bass. Not suited for heavy rock or metal.
Overall Impression — 9
If you want a good J Bass the China version is for you. I would not spend money on Fender J Basses unless you are a serious musician. As always, you should play it first. One may have better finish work tnan another, get the most for your money. I would definitely buy this again. Definitely better than Fender Mexican made version.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Very well made (can't say the same for starter pack version). The China version is suitable for beginners to active musicians, and in my opinion, easily a bass you can gig with. At this price point you can afford a tuning key upgrade. Very dependable, no problems at all.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Excellent action and playability. Finish work is every bit as good as Fender Standard series basses. Tuner work fine, a little play in them but function well, probably the only thing on this bass I would consider upgrading. Feels great to play, as a jazz bass should.
Features — 9
Used 2010 q (China model, not Indonesian starter pack model, there is a significant difference in quality. 20 frets, medium jumbo. Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard and Vintage covered tuners. Candy apple red finish, three ply white pickguard. Standard bridge. 2 passive single coil pickups (same as Fender Standard Jazz Bass). Standard Vintage control knobs and plate.