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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:07 am   Reply with quoteBack to top



Christmas present to my 11 year old son: American Jazz 4-banger. Passive electronics, S1 switch, black paint, maple fretboard ordered from zZounds. It's flawless and has "that" sound.

I had been teaching my kid guitar off and on for a year or so but his small hands were having trouble with the chords. I think if he keeps his interest in music, he'll develop as his hands get bigger.

But this past year I noticed when he would noodle around with his Squire 6-string, he seemed to really catch on to bass lines on songs he wanted to learn. He worked out the whole part to "Another One Bites The Dust" on his own, so I figured.... BASS! Smile I had a DN640 but it was much too big for him. Made myself sell it and after comparing a lot of basses selling for around a grand, I kept going back to the passive Fender Jazz - the slim neck feels great and all the tones are in there.

So right now, I'm teaching him the role of bass guitar in pop, rock, R&B, the relationship to percussion and I'm learning quite a bit myself. Last night's song was "Get Down Tonight". Bass lives in disco!!! Haha! I'm surprised how many of those songs are in my memory since I passionately hated and tried to avoid disco in the 70's. Funny how things change... I'm considering buying a blue leisure suit and platforms. Wink

Anyway, I'm good with my ears and am quickly figuring out the subtleties to get the bass tones I hear on the record and in my head. Fingers and thumb only of course! Being an amateur, I've still got a lot to learn - so guys, I'm totally open to tips and suggestions to a beginner from you real bass players.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:29 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I have always loved the fender jazz sound and although I've never owned one I would like one someday. Problem is I'm drifting towards the notion of a 5 string next, so maybe after that.

The necks are indeed a very nice thing. I hope your son enjoys it. The thin necks I found very fast. My only complaint is it is very difficult for me to pluck over a pickup as i am usually closer to the neck than the bridge. And ofcourse that they are all black Razz. They do play rush music surprisingly well though Think
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:33 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

An excellent choice for your son's first bass Cool

I'm not sure who's going to enjoy it more, however Razz

One possible consideration - a BadAss III grooved bridge Think



Found on eBay - works for string through OR top load (clarify) Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 4:25 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

That's a great present for your son! WAY TO GO, DAD!!!

You can't really go wrong with a Fender Jazz, IMO. Nice Axe

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:53 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

SlingBass wrote:
An excellent choice for your son's first bass Cool
I'm not sure who's going to enjoy it more, however Razz
One possible consideration - a BadAss III grooved bridge Think
Found on eBay - works for string through OR top load (clarify) Wink

Impressive bridge! I'm assuming the main improvement is added mass for sustain? Right now I'm happy with the sound except the pickups could be louder. My DC145 6-string plugged into the same bass amp is WAY louder than the bass guitar.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:03 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Stevie wrote:
SlingBass wrote:
An excellent choice for your son's first bass Cool
I'm not sure who's going to enjoy it more, however Razz
One possible consideration - a BadAss III grooved bridge Think
Found on eBay - works for string through OR top load (clarify) Wink

Impressive bridge! I'm assuming the main improvement is added mass for sustain? Right now I'm happy with the sound except the pickups could be louder. My DC145 6-string plugged into the same bass amp is WAY louder than the bass guitar.


Since you appear to like Geddy Lee - he uses them (different model when he started using them many years ago). It's heavy brass, and it will add sustain and a pinch of volume to the bass. Fender stock pups are not known for their high gain - but many of us who have them didn't buy them for that reason. You may wish to consider a replacement (Dimarzio Ultras as an example) if it's higher gain you're after. NOTE: It will slightly change the character of the instrument......but so does the bridge Neutral

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:55 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Great Choice! And a heck of a nice thing to do! I love Fender Jazz basses.........can you tell??


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SlingBass wrote:
It will slightly change the character of the instrument......but so does the bridge Neutral


For the better. Wink



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:17 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

BassClef wrote:
Great Choice! And a heck of a nice thing to do! I love Fender Jazz basses.........can you tell??


Hey Bassclef,

How do you like that Victor Bailey? I played the fretted 5-string version at GC a few weeks ago and really liked the tone...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:58 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

JJP_1984_LB50 wrote:
BassClef wrote:
Great Choice! And a heck of a nice thing to do! I love Fender Jazz basses.........can you tell??


Hey Bassclef,

How do you like that Victor Bailey? I played the fretted 5-string version at GC a few weeks ago and really liked the tone...


I absolutely love it! It is pretty much my main bass now, that along with my Fender AM Deluxe Jazz FMT which is fretted.

I've owned many fretless basses over the years, from Carvins to Ken Smiths. But this Victor Bailey fretless really hits the nail on the head as far as my "perfect" fretless sound. I've gotten many comments from other bass players about how great this bass sounds.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:16 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Yet another reason to appreciate the Jazz bass:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2gO7FI_ogvA Drool

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:13 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

tms13pin wrote:
Yet another reason to appreciate the Jazz bass:

--Tom


Actually......she uses a Sadowsky, which is (kinda) a Jazz bass. It has active electronics, and is considered (by many - like LizzyD) to be an excellent bass. I'd enjoy an extended testing of one of their NYC basses - but they're too rich for my blood Neutral

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:52 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

She can play my bass any day of the week. Drool Mr. Green

Better pics of her bass here. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:44 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

grayta wrote:
She can play my bass any day of the week. Drool Mr. Green

Better pics of her bass here. Wink


Yeah......you're lookin' at her bass, alright - and her amp, too Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:20 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Well, mine's not an American Series, but I love the Jazz Bas I have a lot. natural ash Standard (MIM). Man, that thing records very nicely. For my hands, I can move around the Jazz Bass neck a lot easier than on a P-Bass.

Your son has a winner in that one.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:31 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh, I guess I meant "jazz bass" not "Jazz bass"... yeah, yeah,
that's it!

Show's what I know, eh?!!

Oh well, I wasn't really looking at the bass too closely anyway. She
sure can play, wow. Nice to score a gig with JB too.

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