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Posted by Francis X. (220.127.116.11) on May 31, 2004 at 23:26:05:
In Reply to: Fender american, standard, or squier? posted by Austin on May 15, 2004 at 16:34:05:
: I'm thinking that I should probably upgrade to a better bass now that I've been playing for some time now. I realy like Jaco's stuff and other places where I have heard the Fender jazz bass, so I'm thinking that one of those might be nice. But is there much of a difference between the Fender American Jazz Bass, the Standard, or the Squier J. B.? Thank you for any imput.
Funny you should ask...
I recently spent the better part of a morning running through my local Fender dealers stock of Jazz Basses;yes there is a difference.
All are good instruments,but you get what you pay for.
The American is manufactured here in the US and goes for around $1000. The Standard is made in Mexico;I wound up buying a Standard Fretless for around $440 new(a fair price). It is well made and the pick ups put out the gain and definition I need for the blues jams I go to. Although the American looked and sounded better,it was not worth it for me,a semi-pro to pay more than double. On the other hand,the Squier,while a very nice bass,lack the definition and refinement of its higher price cousins. In my opinion,all three give good value for the money. I have a Squier Telecaster guitar,by the way,which cost me around $180 new;its very nice;however,when I jam with a friend who has a Fender Tele the difference is apparent-the pick-ups are much more powerful,and have a sustain and singing quality the Squier lacks-but again you get what you pay for. I am happy with the Standard Jazz Bass;were I wealthy or a pro,I'd spring for the American. If youre low on cash,buy the Squier-later on if you want an expensive bass-maybe one with active pick-ups or a 5 string,uoy would still find use for the Squire.
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