Fender Jazz Std with BadAss Reviews
Purchased New $375 incl $60 surcharge
for optional Tobacco Burst Finish,
PLUS $50 to buy a BadAss II bridge.
Bass from Daddy's Junky Music, bridge
from close-out sale at Mars Music.
It's cheap, reliable, and my fretless
version has ghost lines. With the
BadAss the tone is very good. The only
Fender bass I've seen equipped by Fender
with the BadAss is the Marcus Miller and
I suspect the bridge is a major element
of the tone of that bass. I've also put
a BadAss on a Peavey and made a very
noticeable improvement [Peavey G-Bass].
I'm using the Fender nylon covered
two volume controls, but I'd prefer
one volume plus a fader. It's a bit
large, but not as heavy as the more
expensive ash-bodied Fenders. These
are alder-bodied. The JJ pickups
make the usual single coil noise if
set to different gains from each other.
Construction is solid but nothing
special. The tuners stay tuned,
and I am able to set a decent low
action and neck relief.
Point of this review is that the
BadAss II bridge really transforms
the std jazz bass. I see players
changing out the pickups and trying
various strings before giving up and
trading in. Buy their trade-in, get
the BadAss, and forget the soldering
iron. A phillips screwdriver and 20
minutes later you have a great sound.
The BadAss II uses the original body
holes from the old bridge.Golem
rated this unit
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