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Since its inception in 1960, the Fender Jazz Bass has become the staple instrument of bassists spanning a wide variety of music genres. Despite the 'Jazz' name tag, this bass excels in much more, from blues and country, through to rock and metal. Noted for its smooth playability and rich, versatile tonal spectrum, Fender had a strong platform to build upon when bringing the bass into the modern day with its Standard Jazz Bass.

Coming in a variety of colour options, the body is built from fine pieces of Alder with a polyester finish. Solid and reliable, it'll be able to withstand even the most careless of bassists. The body has an offset waist contour, allowing it to sit comfortably while you play.

The necks are carved from maple, and all come with a 20 medium jumbo fretted rosewood fingerboard. The Jazz neck is of the Modern "C" Shape, and comes in slightly thinner than its Precision Bass brother, so we found it a lot more comfortable to play with smaller hands. The four strings are fed through a Standard Vintage Style bridge with individual saddles, and are wound on the headstock by Standard Fender machine heads, all of which provide reliable tuning and great sustain to feed through to your amplifier.

Two Standard Jazz Bass, single coil pickups are dropped into the body, along with a Volume control for each, and one Master Tone control. This proves to be the key in finding a tone suitable for a number of genres. If you want a warmer sound for jazz playing, roll back the bridge pickup volume, and turn the neck one up. Alternatively, should you be providing the low-end to a rock band, then maxing out the bridge pickup volume, whilst turning down the neck by a quarter turn gives the bass a very punchy sound.

SUMMARY: If you're looking to upgrade your starter instrument to something more reliable, or transferring across to bass from guitar, the Fender Standard Jazz bass should certainly feature at the top of your options.

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