Fender American Elite Jazz Bass Ash - Tobacco Sunburst
The American Elite range Jazz Basses take Fender in new directions and show off the latest, greatest technology out there and here we're happy to present the Ash version of the bass. The body is made from Ash, a dense wood that adds an even heavier, gritty tone that the standard alder version.
Equipped with the groundbreaking Noiseless N4 pick-ups which are designed to give the most flawless, buzz free performance on the modern market and the results are nothing short of spectacular.
Providing that classic gravelly Fender tone but with brand new technical advancements that thrust it into the 21st century and making it an even more reliable instrument than ever before. With Active circuitry, the Fender American Elite Jazz Bass has onboard 3-band EQ which enables you to craft your very own, completely unique tone and meet your tonal requirements with extreme precision.
One other major difference to previous ranges is the Modern "C" to "D" shaped neck which provides cleaner access to the higher frets of the bass and has a slimmer, less "chunky" feeling to the neck, which arguably makes playability of the flawless maple fretboard quicker than ever before!
Topped off in a gorgeous Tobacco Sunburst finish, which gives a super classy appearance, this is one stadium-worthy bass that we love and we're sure you will too.
- Body Shape: Jazz Bass
- Body Material: Ash
- Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
- Neck Material: Maple
- Neck Shape: Compound Back Shape, Modern "C" to "D"
- Neck Binding: 1-Ply White
- Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
- Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
- Number of Frets: 21
- Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
- String Nut: Bone
- Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
- Truss Rod Nut: Heel-Mounted Spoke Wheel Adjustment
- Neck Plate: 5-Bolt Asymmetrical
- Neck Finish: Satin Urethane with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
- Fingerboard: Maple
- Position Inlays: Black Pearloid Blocks
- Bridge Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
- Middle Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
- Controls: Master Volume, Pan Pot (Pickup Selector), Treble Boost/Cut, Midrange Boost/Cut, Bass Boost/Cut, Active/Passive Mini Toggle
- Pickup Switching: 2-Way Mini Toggle Switch for Active/Passive Mode. In Passive Mode, Only The Volume, Pan and Passive Tone Controls Function. In Active Mode, All Controls Function.
- Pickup Configuration: SS
- Special Electronics: 18V Preamp with Active 3-Band EQ
Reviewed by Lazarus
This is, without a doubt, Fender’s most versatile Jazz bass and it is a stunner. First off, the case that comes with the bass is pristine and solid - lined with a lovely material that keeps your bass protected and clean. The bass has a lovely fit into the case - ensuring protection and no room for movement! Your bass is very well protected!
I must also comment on how the bass arrived to the shop. It arrived having been set up fantastically - with the string height and truss rod being spot on (for me, anyway). No fret buzz, no dead spots, intonation was perfect. Very little that I would have to do to set the bass up for myself (I play with a low action).
The Tobacco Sunburst finish is absolutely stunning and not the standard finish you see on most other popular basses (i.e. 3 Tone Sunburst, Arctic White, Candy Apple Red etc) - it really is a treat to look at - the maple neck, the creamy pick guard, black pickups & nobs, black block fret inlays and the chrome preamp plate all lend to and enhance this professional, beautifully looking bass.
With regards to tone, the American Elite is spectacular. With a master volume, pickup blend, 3 band EQ and an active/passive mini toggle, this bass will see to all of your tonal needs and not leave you short in any department - whether you slap, finger, pick or tap, this bass ensures that there is a tone here for you. As incredible as the active sound is (being able to boost or cut your mids, bass and treble from your preamp is a truly wonderful thing - especially if you play in bands/play songs that will require a variety of different tones per gig), the thing that I noticed most of all is that when you flick the Active/Passive switch into Passive mode, it has that good old Jazz bass sound that we all absolutely love!
I don’t know what else I can say about this bass other than if you’re looking for a professional jazz bass with a wide variety of tonal options, a lovely finish and beautiful to play then this is almost certainly the bass for you. Whilst, for the same money, you could buy a custom made or higher-end bass, I don’t think that they offer anything different (other than shape or finish) that this bass could - as well as paying for the Fender name, you are also paying for a truly exquisite bass that doesn’t leave anything to be desired. It’s all here.