A deluxe gig bag is included with the bass with plenty of pocket room for sheet music, cables, strings, etc. READ NEXT: Fender American Ultra Stratocaster review. Having an active/passive configuration really opens up more true tonal possibilities, from the classic Motown vibe to the more modern sounds of today. The American Deluxe Jazz Bass is a stunning piece of classic Fender craftsmanship. That model costs a comparatively reasonable £955, though. The American Ultra Jazz Bass has a list price of £2,099, which in reality translates to a street price of £1,899. Unless money is genuinely no object, therefore, it’s very hard to recommend that anyone actually buy the American Ultra Jazz Bass. The Ultra has a few, less visible upgrades, too. Whichever way you slice it, you’re paying a hefty premium for the American Ultra. This Fender is a true active/passive bass, and to confirm it is truly passive, I used is sans batteries. The new series takes in not only various classic six-strings – including the iconic Stratocaster – but also the Jazz Bass, its five-string Jazz Bass V variant and the Precision Bass. Publisher V.I.E., LLC. And frankly, of all the basses I’ve tried, I found the neck on the American Ultra one of the least comfortable to play. There’s one other issue to bear in mind, though: the Deluxe Active Jazz Bass will give you a very similar experience for less than half the price of the Ultra. The magic of the Jazz Bass is partly about warmth and partly about articulation, and I simply cannot fault this guitar in either regard. Neck has been well cared for in a smoke free environment. The Ultra Jazz Bass is offered in a choice of five colour schemes. This adds a certain fizz to the sound and lets you sculpt it in ways that passive controls simply don’t allow. While the bass arrived with a great setup from Fender, I always like to do some minor tweaks to my liking just like most everyone does. The American Ultra Jazz Bass is one of the most extravagant “standard” basses Fender makes, outside of the company’s various custom and artist-endorsed signature models. That’s still a hell of a lot to pay for a Jazz Bass: the standard Mexican-made Player model can be bought online for £669, while the retro-inspired Vintera 60s variant goes for £799 and the Vintera 70s model starts at £945. Fender does include all of the tools you need to make and adjustments. Then, of course, there’s the active preamp option. Copyright © 2020 Bass Musician Magazine, All rights reserved. Fender, a household name among many bassists and guitarists, has just recently released the Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass,  available in 4 or 5 string models. This design really helps to increase sustain and passes all the vibration from the strings to the body. American Deluxe Jazz Bass V [2003-2009] Reviews + Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V [2003-2009] American Deluxe Jazz Bass V [2003-2009], 5+ string bass guitar from Fender in the American Deluxe Jazz Bass series. The bass that was sent for this review is the Fender Deluxe Active 4 String Jazz Bass. It’s obvious Fender has spent a lot of time in R&D for the American Ultra Jazz. And once you start playing, the sound that emerges from the silence is almost breathtaking. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. New: Fender American Professional II Series, Celebrating 60 Years of Jazz Bass with New Fender Road Worn, Fender Vintera ’50S Precision Bass Review, Cort Guitars Releases AB850F Acoustic Bass Model, TUNE-IT – Your Personal Guitar Tech in a Tube. The attention to detail warrants the price tag—which is still positioned below many other bass makers’ boutique Jazz-style instruments. The Affinity Jazz Bass can be found online for as little as £199; we’d be inclined to step up to the better made Classic Vibe 70s model, but even that can be had for only £339. The classic Aged Natural and Arctic Pearl bodies come with rosewood fingerboards and tortoiseshell scratchplates, while the sunburst version I tried out – here dubbed “Ultraburst” – has a scratchplate in that faintly off-white colour that Fender calls Mint Green. Review – Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass Leo Fender started mass-producing the Fender Precision bass, also known as the “P bass” in 1951, and it’s still one of the most copied basses to this day. Learn how your comment data is processed. Unless you go quite extreme with the EQ, it still sounds fundamentally like a Jazz Bass. Even in passive mode the American Ultra springs effortlessly between driving basslines and playful licks and fills. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, goes another. Your email address will not be published. To even further highlight the appearance, a black 3 ply pickguard has been put in place. So if you’re in the market for a new bass, it’s worth looking carefully at what the Ultra has to offer. The control plate also differs from that of a standard Jazz Bass. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.