I looked at ATK (doesn't have the lows), Cort (not ok for slapping), Squier (well.. what can I say).. like I said, this is the best bass I've ever played so far. And YES.. definitely I will get it again if it was stolen, and asked the previous owner to do the adjustments again.. ehheheeh...
Model Year: 2003
Price: $670.00 Rp 6,000,000
Where Obtained: A friend
I never thought I would get myself a fender jazz bass. Let's face it, I always thought fender is good but very commonly used, so I tried something different. However, compared to the others, I finally realized that Fender Jazz Basses is popular for one thing.. the sound! There's nothing like it! My friend plays A fender J-bass. He's a major fan! WHen I was trying out some options getting a 2nd (better) bass, he told me, "here, I'll lend you this (marcus miller) for a couple of days. You have practice tonight right? That'll give you some time to try out with the band. Return it on Monday. Hopefully by cash!" And I returned it by cash. The sound is simply unbelieavable. With the right strings and adjustments, it's a killer slap bass! Even if you're not a pro, you do sound like Marcus.. hehehehe. I just love this! And this bass will always make my friday night unforgettable! It was made in Japan (great!!), with great adjustments already (even greater).. I was actually looking for a 5 string but, heck, with the same price I could get this nice bass .. I didn't mind going down from 5 to 4! It's Marcus Miller Fender!! What else do you want??
So, I got it from my friend's friend. They're both teachers at Indonesia Music Institute. The guy who owned the bass was the head instructor and bass collector. He liked this bass but never played it. Still in 99% good (PERFECT) condition. The only reason he sold it cuz he needed money to get a Status bass.. Hah! Boy, am I glad! :)
The neck is perfect for my palm (my palm is considered small). But the body is too wide so I kinda look myself funny holding a bass that big. And the weight is just at normal amount. Not too heavy for me.
This bass goes for everything. Funk, rock, gospel, pop.. multi-purpose sound, just exactly like what I've always wanted.
The sound is simply bright and slappy. But it can get very low and warm. :) Everything you could ask for! This is the best bass I've ever played!
However, this bass goes great with Laney amps. I tried it with Fender Bassman and GK .. the sounds from those amps are not like when I'm using Laney.. with Laney it kicks more! :) Very tight.
Awesome for all sounds, in all situations.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $675.00 675 (new)
Where Obtained: SoundsliveUK
Beautiful bass. Preamp gives whole new world of sound. Also got the Leo Quan Badass Bridge 2 on it, with this bridge, changing the action is a real smooth process. Two single coil Fender pickups. 20 frets, ash body and maple fingerboard with mother of pearl block inlays.
Plays like a dream, sound is amazing and so versatile, from greasy finger funk, amazing slap tone, great in subsonic deep throb mode as well. There are no flaws, the pick cover helps maintain good slapping technique because you can rest your hand on it, it's also good to rest your thumb on when playing fingerstyle and for me (i hate playing directly over the pickup) that is perfect.
As above this bass can do anything.
In live situation's this bass can always be heard, cuts through the crowd and sounds great. It only needs tiny adjustments when strings are changed or if it gets to hot or cold.
I looked at a bunch of different basses in the price range, but ive had bad experiences with Yamahas and Ibanezes, and MM is one of my favorite players, so this was the natural choice. Plus, I mean, it is a 72 Jazz. Few get better than this. I want a matching pair of 62 P and J basses though...
Model Year: 2002
Price: $785.00 (new)
Where Obtained: SoundChek Music
This is a Japanese model jazz bass. The neck is the typical Jazz neck with binding and MOP inlays, plays fast and smooth. There are active pickups that have a slight buzz through some of my amps (grounding??), i generally boost them both all the way up or kill the bridge pickup entirely (unless im using a pick, in which case I turn off the neck pickup and it gets phat). The electronics add a TON of bass and highs, as this is a bass made for slapping like the man himself does. Its got the Badass II Bridge and reverse tuners. I love the natural finish and maple fretboard. My favorite of the non-American Standard or higher series of Fenders.
I dont play slap much, but turning up both pickups gives a great tone for fingerstyle, and thumbing sounds deep and rich. The slim neck is perfect for my smaller hands, and it is one of the best playing basses Ive owned. There is a small blemish/chip near the heel of the neck on the body from the shop.
I run this through a '72 Kustom Charger comboi, an Eden CXC 1015 combo, and a GK 1001RB/210 combo. Each has a different voice of its own, and each makes this bass' personality come out differently. I get the deepest, grittiest tone from the Kustom. The truest sound I believe comes from the Eden and the GK is heavy yet bright. I play in a variety cover band and we do EVERYTHING and this bass can do almost all of it, although our Rap sets are more suited to a five string. The pickups are noisy when cranked out of phase, or when not set evenly. This sounded good in the studio, really punching through the rest of the band. On stage it rocks in combination with my GK and a nathan east parametric EQ.
Ive had to adjust it once because I changed the string gauge from med light to mediums. Otherwise its perfectly intonated. The control cavity could use a little help, but otherwise its solidly put together. The hardware shines like new when i polish it.