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Item Reviews for: Fender Deluxe Active Jazz V 5 String Bass Guitar with Gig Bag  -  FEN 136860 LIST

Its worth the money
By: Jangala Roots Band from Los Angeles      Submitted: 3/27/2014

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? Excellent product for my job. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? Awesome axe in the reggae groove. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? Lots of tuning options...solid bass. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Fast and smooth neck to hold while easy tweaking controls. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? Dark and smooth with thick pickups...great vibration. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Examplary appearance. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? Give everybody a run for their money. Playability How was the action out of the box? Unique hottie.
Great Fender Sound!
By: Marcus Stee Williams from Beatrice, Alabama USA, revmarcus09@yahoo.com      Submitted: 3/25/2014

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? Great sounding bass. Out of the box I had to do some tweaking to make it 'playable'. Neck was too Concave, and truss rod had to be maxed to get it close to how I like it. Will have some further work done on it. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? I play mostly Gospel now, and some R&B, Jazz. The tone is great, the reason I didn't trust it going back for any 'adjustments'. I own a '78 Jazz and the action is real close, as well as my Warwick Corvette $$ 5 string. Overall, I love this bass. My '78 is a 4 string, so I wanted that Fender 'growl' with that Low B. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? I love the 'EQ'. I really am getting the tone I like. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Compared to the heaviness of my 4 string, it's not very heavy. The Neck feels great, and the controls are great. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? The tone is 'Bright and snappy'. The pickups are hot! Great sounding bass. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Paint Job is good. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? For the money it is an exceptional bass. Playability How was the action out of the box? The action out of the box was terrible. Still not excellent; but it is now playable due to me 'tweaking'. I will get it 'fine tuned' later.
MY NUMBER BASS OUT OF ALL
By: Terrell McCall - Bassist for Dorinda Clark Cole, Darrell Pettis from Memphis, TN, USA      Submitted: 11/2/2013

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Solid Fender Active J-Bass for the price!
By: EG from Bay Area      Submitted: 8/27/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? For the money you cant beat it, this definitely has the Fender J Bass tone, had to do quite a bit of tweaking to get it where I like my action and physical feel. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? This definitely is a work-horse bass. Strong bass, mine has been dropped (accidentally)hit, bumped into etc and nothing ever fazed it. I am professional bassist and play several different genres of music every week. This bass covered everything WELL from my hip-hop, R&B/Soul, Gospel, CCM,Country, Rock, Tejano/Tex-Mex,Conjunto and jazz gigs. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? I never had owned a mid-level and up Fender product before. I was looking for a J-Bass sound but didnt wanna shell out over $1k. I had a couple of buddies who had purchased this axe and were using it alot, they recommended it. I love the 5 knob config, Master Volume, P/U Selector, Bass, Mid, Treble. You can dial in any and every tone, this bass goes to all gigs, even offers a clean sound in the studio (which I cut quite a few tracks with). The Pau Ferro w/maple offers a nice deep/clear and snappy tone. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? The bass isnt too heavy, not light either, feels good while lap playing and its not so heavy while standing either. Control layout is simple and easy. The neck is tad chunky, it took a couple weeks to get adjusted to it, but after awhile it was no biggie for me, and thats coming from somebody who plays Ken Smith Basses as well which offer slim and fast necks. Not bad at all... Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? The Noiseless P/U's are EXTREMELY sensitive to crappy currents, it will pick up bad electricty etc. Theyre not extremely bad though, I had thought about swapping them out but really there is no need to, they sound dope, Fender J Bass sound all the way, Deep/punchy and crisp highs, great mids, you can dial in any and all tones. The low B sounds great! Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Candy Apple Red baby!! My MIM deluxe is sexy, I ordered a custom pearloid pick-guard and it was the icing on the cake, it made the paint stand out way more, I get alot of compliments. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? I got more than I bargained for, this is a great bass, it'll take time to get your neck set and action (I had to install a Shim)but once I did that, it was heaven. Playability How was the action out of the box? Action was HORRIBLE, being a professional bassist i know how to do my own set-ups, if you don't, take it to a trusted luthier, ask for a Neck Shim, it will allow for the action to be set mid-low or low (how i like it) and feel great.
Plays well once you set it up, but terrible out of the gate
By: Scott H from Seattle, WA      Submitted: 8/2/2013

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True definition of "DELUXE"
By: Quinton M. from Greensboro, NC, USA      Submitted: 8/14/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? yes very well made... Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? all of the features on this bass is great all around..i wouldnt change anything..perfect for me.. General Your general opinion of this product. overall this bass is amazing in all areas. in my honest opinion i would compare this bass to the newer jazz models Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? any tone that you pefer can be found on this bass after you mess with the knobs a little..perfect example of "deluxe" Finish How did the stain or paint job look? paint job is perfect.
Good Deal
By: Carl from New York City      Submitted: 10/30/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? It seems to be made well. The volume knob moves a little easily for my taste but the instrument feels solid Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The EQ and the 5 strings with the slim neck made this the bass for me Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? The tone can vary given the EQ but I took the pickups out and put Nordstrand pickups in which sound much better. Prior to doing that the bass sounded good but the very low mids were missing. The new pickups make the bass much better IMHO Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Paint job is good. I have the black with the tortoise shell pickgaurd which is a nice contrast
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