Fender American Standard Jazz Bass review

  • £1402
  • €1579
  • $1699

The best Jazz bass ever?

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Our Verdict

Overall, it's a spectacular job. If you like Jazz basses, you must try one.


  • Everything - a Jazz bass for jazz bass players and everyone else.


  • Nothing - any shortcomings were dealt with years ago!
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Fender's never-ending quest to reinvent the wheel is a constant source of amazement. Case in point is this latest American-built Standard Jazz, which looks exactly as it should, but the devil is in the detail.

"Clean, vibrant and sonically versatile are all terms associated with the Fender Jazz"

Along with all the usual appointments is a tinted maple fingerboard with hand-rolled edges and a comfortable C neck profile, lightweight Fender tuners and a beautifully designed high- mass raised tail bridge with vintage saddles and added style.

This offers through-body stringing, but can also hide the ball ends if you prefer top- loading to avoid the sharp break angle on the strings that's created by feeding them through the body.


Clean, vibrant and sonically versatile are all terms associated with the Fender Jazz, along with its sweet spots and delivery. If you're going to stick with two pickups and passive electronics, this is the benchmark.

So, what's different about the sound here? Well, nothing, except it's cleaner, more vibrant and even more sonically versatile - a Jazz Bass Plus might be a better name.

What's most appealing about this model is that Fender has made the best use of modern technology and design while retaining all the essential elements of what is a truly classic bass guitar.

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Tech Specs

No. of Frets20
Scale Length (Inches)34
Scale Length (mm)864
Country of OriginUSA
HardwareChrome-plated Tune-O- Matic and stud tailpiece with Grover kidney button tuners
BridgeHigh Mass Vintage, thru-body or top load
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Neck MaterialGraphite Reinforced Maple
Guitar Body MaterialAlder
Pickup Type2 x American Standard Jazz Bass Single-Coil Pickups
Circuitry Type2 x volume, master tone
Neck Profile'C' Profile