Review Left-handed Fender Standard Jazz Bass

The left-handed Fender Standard Jazz bass strikes the perfect balance between tone and price. Being a Fender (and not some off-brand axe), this bass will hold its value, though maybe not as well as its American-made counterpart.

Tone-wise, this bass is pretty close to its American counterpart. Like 90% close. Your nonmusician friends will never know, though a few musicians with discerning ears might be able to pick up on the difference. Much more depends on your amp rig and how you play it. However, that’s not to say this bass sounds bad; it sounds like a Fender Jazz bass.

The primary difference between the American and Mexican made guitars is in the quality of the lacquer, electronics, and hardware (tuners and bridge). Some users report minor cosmetic blemishes on the finish. Occasionally the electronics routing the MIM basses aren’t made quite at the same level as their American-made counterparts.

Don’t think this is a second-rate instrument; MIM Fenders are still held to certain quality standards, and the left-handed Fender Jazz bass is no exception. This is a serviceable bass that sounds great.

If you do buy this bass, you can upgrade the bridge and pickups to get a sound a little closer to the American-made model.

When it comes to playing rock, indie, funk, reggae, and country, this bass excels. Metal and bunk bassists might want to look elsewhere (the P-Bass (LINK) for example), as this bass is somewhat more of a clean and mid-range focused bass. Not that you can’t get fat, beastly tones from this bass; According to Wikipedia:

Having both pickups cranked up at full volume produces the classic scooped, “growling” sound which many players – such as Marcus Miller and Will Lee – use for slap bass playing. This sound is the product of certain frequencies from both pickups being out of phase and cancelling each other, leaving a “scoop” on the midrange.

Finally, a note on ordering online: expect that your bass will need to be set up. This isn’t a big deal when you buy from a local shop, but as lefties, we usually don’t have that option. Unless you know how to do it yourself, factor in about $50 for professional set up. This will ensure you have great action and intonation all up and down the fret board.

Bottom line: the left-handed Fender Standard Jazz bass  should meet the needs of most entry-and-intermediate players.

Specs: Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, chrome hardware.

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