Looking at Carvin AC's, but bought this to learn fretless before making such an investment. Will likely keep as a backup, but may eventually upgrade pickups and shield cavity.
Where Obtained: eBay
MIM Jazz, 4-String Passive with purple finish. Original manufacturer equipment. Price included case and accessories.
Great tone, but gets a fair bit of hum when treble is up. Great playability.
Sounds great with Ibanez chorus pedal (I use it as a DI box as well). A cost-effective starter and backup bass, and very appropriate for contemporary Christian music. Nice growl and swell with Labella nylon coated strings when striking hand is at end of fretboard. Excellent tone, except for noise associated with high treble setting. May upgrade pickups and shield.
Very reliable and built like a tank. Only one adjustment in 2 years (intonation when I received it).
A blue jazz frettles fender for $50.00??? how would you expect my opinion to be FANTASTIC! ive only spent $200 on it. it plays well, sounds great, feels comfortable so overall id buy a new one if i lost this one.
Price: $50.00 Aust
Where Obtained: Garage Sale
This guy had it in his garage sale and i beat him down from$75.00!!!!
the pick up were kaput so ive fitted some dimazio to it.
first time ive had a frettless! has taken some time and many strange notes to get it right!
I use one of my home made 350W Valve amps (Im an Electronics tech). coupled with a vale pre-amp naturally!
I also have a home made Quad box & 12Inch sub as well. It can really puch those notes out when its played slap style.
I tune all my guitars every 4 weeks anyway or even more frequently if they're being played as such. i've never had a complaint though even in our humid climate the neck is rock steady. i had it set up when i first bought it as it had a pronounced bow so to speak but since then theres been no probs.
Ernie ball can kiss my ass. $2700? are you f***ing
insane? my fender straddles me like a nymphette. she wont
let go. keep your high class clientelle, ern. i got me a
Model Year: 2001
Price: $439.00 Cdn (new)
Where Obtained: Tom Lee Music Vancouver BC
Vive la revolucion!!! hecho en mexico is just as good as
any yank wanker. one volume, two tone controls,
independantly adjustable bridge(which is essential with a
fretless unit), ghost marks on the neck, great balance,
not too heavy. mine is black with a white pickguard--
really picks up on b&w stickers. stays in tune very we
This bass is action freakin jackson. flat wound strings
are a must, im afraid, otherwise youll be refinishing the
board every other week. it feels like another apendag
I will soon be the proud owner of a fender 200 and lordy
lord, that combo makes me do something in my pants that i
do not care to elaborate on. i can play dark, brooding
jazz if i want. i can kneel down open my mouth and play
pop. loud is not a problem either, especially with that
smooth fretless slide. hoo-ahh! hoo
I have yet to take it cross country, but i get the
feeling we will be together for a long time. lets put it
this way--i will fall apart before ol blacki
I love this bass. It only cost 350 - I spend around 200 more on it and I have a bass that I reckon Jaco would have swapped me for. And your still a good few bucks short of the entry level American fender. Don't spend your money on an American one, support the Mexican factory and have enough change to customise and have a one-of!
Buy this bass - I'd replace it if it was stolen. Heck i'm tempted just to buy another one in a different colour so that it appears to the crowd that i've changed but I haven't really.
Price: $350.00 Sterling (new)
Where Obtained: Electro Music, Doncaster, UK
This is a really cool bass. The one I have is mexican made. Standard Poplar body with maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, w/fretlines. Standard Jazz setup (bridge/neck pickups) The Vol/tone controls were a bit cheap and nasty so I replaced them with the american style which were quite cheap. The passive pickups are a little inferior and I will replace them soon. Asthetically this is a nice looker (sunburst - so you can see the nice bit of wood its made of) I replaced the white pickguard with a classic red tortoiseshell. I have also put on a Leo Quan Bass II bridge which is much better than the bent bit of steel that was on it. If you buy one of these and want it to sound good you will need to do a bit of work on it. However with the right gear these basses sound as good as the American ones and won't have cost you near as much.
I fell in love with the action of this bass as soon as I played it. To be honest I've played some really rotten sounding american series Jazz basses but this little mexican effort is superb. I love it. Often the problem with the mexican series is the fret quality - which is naturally not a problem with the fretless model. yeah baby
I play through a Trace-elliot combo and I have played this through a fender bassman as well. It's lovely. I can plug this baby into my trace and switch off all the twiddly bits and it still sounds great. I also play ibanez basses and they don't sound as great as this straight out the bag. Like I said some may want to put a new set of pickups in and I found the Badass II a superb addition.
I've only had it 4mnths so this doesn't entirely apply. But it seems cool
I love this bass!!! It "feels" great, plays well. Not having frets allows more tone variance. The included pickups will need to be replaced by any serious bassist.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $349.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Georges Music
Made in Mexico. One volume, two tone controls. Does have fret markings. Passive electronics. Standard JAZZ bass pickup configuration.
Great action, excellent "feel", it is a bit heavy.
Very warm sound. Seems to be well suited to everything from ballads to metal. The included single wound pickups have a considerable hum, which is noticable even at relativly low volume. If considering this bass you should also consider the cost of replacements.