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I may need a fretted bass soon and am gassing for a fretted five string Fender Jazz.

 

Does anyone know of any support groups available? Fender GAS Anonymous? Cognitive Bass Therapy? 

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Definitely try before you buy. I had a Mexican Fender Jazz V and it was seriously 'average'. Heavy too. I moved it on, and now very happy with a Yamaha TRB 5.

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Will do, Len. I may be wrong but I don't think I have ever played a Fender Jazz 😃 

 

Actually, that isn't true. I used to roadie for a guy who had one. Age 22 so 33 years ago. 

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Bassist friend of mine was a Warwick and Ibby fan boy, recently got a USA fender 5 string. He plays nothing else now, complete convert. He has an endorsement with a manufacturer but hasn’t told them he doesn’t play their bass now. 

That probably doesn’t help your decision making and it’s quite a dull story, but he loves his jazz 5

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Had mine for 20 years but quite glad to not have it now, heavy, hummed under fluorescent lights and the fretboard wasn’t brilliant. Not sure why I kept it so long.

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I’ve got a Squire Jazz V and surprisingly, it sounds incredible!

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55 minutes ago, oldslapper said:

Bassist friend of mine was a Warwick and IBBY fan boy, recently got a USA fender 5 string. He plays nothing else now, complete convert. He has an endorsement with a manufacturer but hasn’t told them he doesn’t play their bass now. 

 

I’ve got a K5. I really like it but the neck is so slim that I find it difficult to play smoothly. The string spacing is so tight! 

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I played a fender 5, it seemed ok but I am the opposite - the strings are so far apart I can't play it smoothly, I miss the strings.

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I use a usa Jazz V, it's cracking. I think the best advice would be to try a post 2012 one, I'd previously discounted them as junk which tbf most of them were, the ones with five tuners in a row have all had the worst B string I've ever found. 

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I tried one a while ago and it was OK, but nothing special. The Lakland Skyline I compared it with was far superior and a bit cheaper.

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I have an MIA Jazz V and I absolutely love it. It's a wee bit on the weighty side, but a wide leather strap helps to distribute the bulk. Not neck-heavy at all, and it's a joy to play.

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😃  I have played a Wal for 33 years so weight is not going to be a problem. 

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Back in 2003 I had Gas for a Fender Jazz 5. I tried several and couldn't find one I liked. Then out of the blue on a gig in Germany, a Fender USA Marcus Miller 5, was the hired in Bass for me. That was it, I found a Jazz I really liked. Soon as I was back in the UK, I ordered a new one. It was more than I wanted to pay, but played like a dream. I still have it and  use it now, so a right result. 👍

 

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10 hours ago, Woodinblack said:

I played a fender 5, it seemed ok but I am the opposite - the strings are so far apart I can't play it smoothly, I miss the strings.

If the Squire Jazz V that I have is anything similar, I know what you mean but to my sausage fingers, the K5 is harder. I think I could get used to the Squire neck ( I have never used it live) but I just can’t get used to the K5 at all. 

 

 

Just to add, I love the sound of the K5. The Squire is incredible too. I’ve just never needed a V when playing live so far. 

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I wouldnt go anywhere near a Fender Jazz 5 string, especially the 5 in a row tuner basses. Lakland do it so much better and cheaper. I had a Fender American Jazz 5 and the B string was just a floppy mess. Of course this is not case with all Fender 5 string jazz basses depending on the year, just my experience. A Lakland Joe Osbourne is way better instrument. Imo. 

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2 hours ago, uk_lefty said:

Get a Sire...

Or this. Untill you experience/hear the tone from a Sire V7 you wont understand. Its epic. 

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8 hours ago, ubit said:

Just to add, I love the sound of the K5. The Squire is incredible too. I’ve just never needed a V when playing live so far. 

Is the K5 not normal spacing for an ibanez. If so then I am sure I would not have a problem. 

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1 hour ago, Woodinblack said:

Is the K5 not normal spacing for an ibanez. If so then I am sure I would not have a problem. 

I’ll be honest and say I don’t know as I’ve never played another Ibanez bass. They are famous for their fast necks right enough, so I’m guessing they are all tight string spacing. Possibly I could get used to it, but I’m just not that bothered about a five, so I don’t persevere. It’s a nice bass and I love the finish. I see Fieldy has now got a white one as his bass. Even although I’ve got the black one and am not struck on it, I still get gas for a white one! 

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I’ve not played the very latest model, apart from briefly in a store, but I don’t rate them. The B is poor compared to most other 5’s, even on the newest one and for me the offset body just doesn’t feel right scaled up. I had a Montego Black deluxe V, bought blind, which looked lovely and that’s about it!  Agreed that the late 90s five tuners in a row are the poorest of the lot. The only convincing Fender V I’ve tried is the Roscoe Beck.

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The funny thing is I had an open cheque book and permission from the boss to buy whichever jazz or derivative I wanted and I still ended up with the USA Fender, EBS_freak has the pictures of me trying the USA Lakland and various other basses, I didn't even go for the deluxe version! 

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