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Good evening all.

After a long wait this finally showed up today. A brand new Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass Special Duff McKagan signature bass in black!

I've only had an hour or so play time but first impressions are it's bloody gorgeous! Out of the box it plays well but I will probably lower the action to my personal preference and the Hipshot D-tuner needs some adjustment. Neck pocket is tight with no visible gap, paintwork is flawless on both the body and back of the neck. Fretwork is superb with no sharp ends. The nut width is definitely P Bass width 42mm and the thickness of the neck front to back feels deeper than my (now sold) 2017 MIM P Bass. 

Soundwise, loving the pickup switch and TBX tone circuit. It seems very versatile and just has so much grunt when you push the tone past the centre detent and engage the TBX circuit. With my EBS Multicomp and Darkglass B7K V2 it's all I need to give me the bass sound that I had in my head for so long! 

The only downside is that whilst everything is black...the side input jack is chrome..but that's just nitpicking. 

So if you're still reading..here are a couple of pictures.

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Thanks guys! I'm very happy with it! A slight action adjustment required for me and I'll check intonation at the same time. It's a pity that the Hipshot wasn't fine tuned already for me but won't take much to do that when I have some more time tomorrow.

Another thing I will add is that it feels heavy! Haven't anything to measure weight but as heavy as an old Warwick Streamer i had. Weight doesnt bother me though.

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That’s one nice bass , is the switch a pickup selector 🙂Edit,  I just read it , I was too busy looking at the pics 🙂

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Looks real cool...👍

Curious though, why they call it a jazz bass special when its DNA is 80% (at least) precision...? 🤔

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6 hours ago, lou24d53 said:

Looks real cool...👍

Curious though, why they call it a jazz bass special when its DNA is 80% (at least) precision...? 🤔

Yes I am wondering this myself but I suppose it's modelled on Duff' s Jazz Bass Special from the 80's. But to me it's a Precision bass no doubt! 🤣

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To chime in again regarding the P / J nomenclature: the new one seems to have wider and deeper neck and the Jazz pup is in the 60s, not 70s position, so it is a bit more Precision-like, but I guess they want to be clear about the heritage and celebrity link calling it a 'Jazz Special'.   

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