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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Fender Jazz bass made in Indonesia

Revelation Sound

Pennsylvania, USA

Oct 25th, 2016 06:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a Fender Jazz bass from Alto Music. The bass has the regular size neck but has 24 frets. It has Symour Duncan Bass line pickups and a pre amp with a 9 volt compartment in the back with strings through the back. No skunk line on the neck and the serial number is ICF 12020271.

I am trying to find out a little more about this bass. Type of wood on the body, neck, are theses real Seymour Duncan pick ups or just authorized? What kind of pre amp is in this bass?
I found some threads about Squirer bass guitars but this is not a Squirer

Thanks

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Oct 25th, 2016 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have not heard of a Fender Bass made in Indonesia except Squiers

BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Oct 26th, 2016 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I owned one of these for a few years. It was a pretty nice bass. My recollection is that the body was Alder with a flamed maple top. Mine was sort of a cherry sunburst. Not sure about the neck wood, other than it is maple of some variation. Rosewood fretboard. The pickup's were actual SD Basslines, and sounded good. My understanding is that the preamp was SD as well, and had the mid scoop "slap switch". The tuners were "Hipshot Licensed" ultralights, and I think the bridge was a string thru variation of what is now the Fender high mass bridge. I believe I paid about $600 for the bass (new) and it did not come with a gig bag or case. I eventually traded it on another bass. I never really bonded with the tone - always seemed a bit thin to me. Still, for the money a nice bass. Best of luck with yours.

Revelation Sound

Pennsylvania, USA

Oct 26th, 2016 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for your response, I think the bass does sound good and I do like the pickups. Mine has a more yellowish maple top. I also have not bonded with it as much as I woudl like to. I recently put Chrome flats on it.

I just ordered a American Standard V Jazz bass that I will keep round wounds on. I am hopeful I will bond with the American Jazz a lot more.

(This message was last edited by Revelation Sound at 04:36 PM, Oct 26th, 2016)

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Oct 27th, 2016 05:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried Chromes flats twice a few years ago. Something about the sound graded on my nerves. Never could warm up to them or what actually caused the irritation. I recently put Jazz Flats on one bass and Labella deep talkin flats 760FL's on another. The Labellas are very good all around in balance, feel and tone. The TI's are very good in tone but a little light on tension for some. I have gotten used to them. I highly recommend the 760FL's. (right amount of tension not too light and not too heavy)

BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Oct 27th, 2016 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Interesting idea putting flats on that particular bass. I never tried that. Mine was always strung with my go-to DR Lo-Rider Nickels. I'm not a flats guy (many here are), but it could be interesting on this bass tone wise.

Revelation Sound

Pennsylvania, USA

Oct 27th, 2016 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I never wanted flat strings on my bass. I thought they sounded like dead strings. However for me the Chromes have little more life in them. They sound warm but they have a little top end to them.

My American Standard bass came in and I am in love. Neck is so much easier to play and it's lighter too.

Stratzilla

Carlisle, OH

Mar 12th, 2017 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That sounds like Jazz 24. I thought those were all made in Korea.

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 13th, 2017 06:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Many of the Indonesian made instruments have used Basswood or Agathis. Sound wise they are decent especially Basswood. Basswood and Agathis are very soft woods so they require a surface hardener before the finish is applied to prevent screws from coming loose and also help prevent denting the body. Of the two I think basswood has the best tonal properties



BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Mar 13th, 2017 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"That sounds like Jazz 24. I thought those were all made in Korea."

Now that you mention it - mine was a Jazz 24 and it was made in Korea. sorry for the confusion. It was a few years ago....



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