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Posted by Zach (220.127.116.11) on August 06, 2002 at 23:43:48:
I recently visited a local music store hoping to add a Fender Jazz to my arsenal of basses. I wasn't looking for much...just something with plenty of nargas ("balls"). I told Cameron (the owner) that I was looking for something with plenty of punch and volume, as close to an active bass as possible. Immediately, he handed me an instrument that looked like a Fender Jazz. Well, that's precisely what it was.
Actually, it was called the FENDER DELUXE ACTIVE JAZZ BASS V. This 5-string was HEAVY, but Cam gave me a cable and plugged me into an SWR Workingman's setup with the new T.O.P. head and 4x10 and 1x15 speakers. The EQ was flat, and I didn't even touch it except for the volume.
All I have to say is WOW! If all Fender Jazz Basses sound like this, I should probably get rid of all of my other basses and just get an army of Active Jazz Basses! The tone was incredible, punchy, bassy, ballsy, and bright with plenty of growl. All I had to do was move my fingers, and the sounds just came out like nothing, precisely the way I wanted them to sound. It was like I was playing a bass without any strings! And like I said before, I never even touched the EQ on the bass...it was flat the whole time. I only touched the volume control to turn up the instrument after plugging it in. The only EQ was coming from the SWR head.
If I could offer one piece of advice, try this bass out! I guarantee you won't be disappointed. I bought the 5-string THAT DAY, and I also ordered a 4-string which is on the way!
Kudos to Fender! An amazing bass at an even better price!
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