1998 Mexican Lefty with a few mods ...better than an american REALLY........

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Fekahoeniss's review of Fender Jazz Bass (Mexican)

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Fender Jazz Bass (Mexican)

“1998 Mexican Lefty with a few mods ...better than an...”

Written on: 28/07/2011 by Fekahoeniss (1 review written)

I received my 1998 lefty fender mexican jazz in midnite blue as a gift from my wife in 2000. Over the years i have played everything from a Tobias (gibson type and it sucked)..to an American hot-rod P-bass in sunburst...and even a 1973 Rickenbacker 4001 --lefty and that was a HARD piece of gear to find.....anyway..on the mexican here's what i did....added: strap-locks--A Leo Quan Badass Bass II Bridge..new aftermarket crushed pearl pickguard..black volume and tone knobs...EMG Active Jazz Pickups in bridge and neck positions powered by a 9V battery ..i also installed an EMG BXR (i believe) tone circuit in place of the standard passive tone..WOW!!! the best way to describe this instrument...A TRUE jazz bass ..think Rush Moving Pictures tone..growly and thick with a nice jazz bark when you dig in. I am a finger style player.using a pick rarely and only for short parts of songs...the bass tone circuit from EMG is incredible ..it scoops the mids and boosts bass and treble in the "sweet" spots...i am just astounded by how these hardware and electronic changes COMPLETELEY altered and improved the tone of the instrument...i have played american jazz basses that have suffered from anemic tone..it is an amalgamation of many factors...the choice and quality / age of the body and neck woods...the disposition of the tech building the thing..even innocuous things such as relative humidity during finishing to final setup to how the bass is cared for and treated throughout it's life ALL play a major role..you can get a squier jazz that is totally awesome as easily as you can get a highway one or american standard that sounds"ok"..play the instrument in your style ..in your tuning..and preferably with the same type of amplification..get a real idea of how it is going to sound and don't be afraid to ask them for a refund or exchange if it doesn't live up to expectations in the real world...i am a MONSTER fender fan (except their amps) sorry Ampeg has the market cornered on that...but Leo got it right he got it right in '51 with the "P" and then hit it out of the park in 1960 with the "J"...well, that's my opinion..and if you want a change of taste..try a Music man or G & L both inventions of the master Leo Fender himself... aesthetically not my favorites but their tones are nearly as good as the original
"real" electric basses FENDER Precision and FENDER Jazz also remember that a "fender" will always have better resale / trade-in value than some brand X ..not that you would want to get rid of it anyway..happy playing

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