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 Post subject: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 1st, 2018, 4:02 pm 
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Never seen one with this finish on.
Also never seen a Deluxe JB with a square neck plate.
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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 1st, 2018, 4:36 pm 
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That would be Crimson Red Transparent :)
First time I see a lefty in that colour.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 1st, 2018, 5:15 pm 
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That's a pretty juicy color.

Like, seriously, it's making me thirsty.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 1st, 2018, 5:18 pm 
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I so wanna snag one of these at some point. Seems like I’ve heard several times that the preamps are lame. Anyone know anything about these tonally?

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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 1st, 2018, 5:39 pm 
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I was just there last weekend and love to take a close look at it but this was posted same day I left.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 1st, 2018, 7:07 pm 
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Matt R. wrote:
Anyone know anything about these tonally?


The preamps are lame.

Very harsh treble tones.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 1st, 2018, 7:10 pm 
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FYI, these were $999 new from MF in 2008. I bought one, then sold it a year later for $999.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 2nd, 2018, 2:50 am 
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They are easily modified to passive though, just by replacing the control plate. If you don't mind the side jack and the then useless battery box.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 2nd, 2018, 8:30 am 
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or even better, you could upgrade the preamp!


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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 2nd, 2018, 10:36 pm 
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I have a 1999, the square neck plate was standard back then. I haven't played it in quite a while, but I do remember the build quality and playability being very good. Seems there are folks on both sides of either loving/hating on the preamp, but I don't recall being particularly put off by it tonally for an active jazz bass; I'll have to pull it out and report back.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 3rd, 2018, 9:15 am 
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Nice, thanks again for sharing the info, Carmine! :)
It seems like these have a slightly smaller body...?


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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 3rd, 2018, 10:13 am 
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paulo wrote:
Nice, thanks again for sharing the info, Carmine! :)
It seems like these have a slightly smaller body...?



I have a 2007 one, they do have a slightly smaller body, but this is easily my most favorite bass of all the ones I have ever owned. It helped that I got mine for $700, I wouldn't pay $1300 for it like he is asking though

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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 11th, 2018, 9:01 am 
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These preamps are not bad. Pretty versatile actually.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: June 12th, 2018, 3:33 am 
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Chris Wolstenholme of Muse played these a lot live before switching to Pedulla and eventually Status. Saw them live in 2006 and he was playing at least 3 of these exclusively, his main one being an awesome Candy Orange one.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: July 14th, 2018, 3:01 pm 
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There's one in Queens, NY in the exact same finish, possibly the exact same bass but much cheaper at $850: https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Fende ... -Guitar.gc


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 Post subject: Re: Red Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
PostPosted: July 15th, 2018, 12:28 pm 
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I actually had a trans crimson red lefty one of these for a short time bought from a local GC. I wanted to keep it so bad but the truss nut was stuck. Sad. The slightly scaled down body was perfect though. I agree with those who didn't care much for the preamp as it didn't sound that great though that could be those noiseless J pickups as well. The 24 fret neck seemed a bit long as well but so light weight and the string through allowed for a great break angle when the saddles were set low. Very very cool basses.


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