My New Fender Jazz Bass, Deluxe Series

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Here’s my new used MIM (Made In Mexico) Fender Jazz Bass, Deluxe Series, with active pickups. I paid $250 for it at Guitar Center. Been playing it about a week now.
DSC04990It sounds sweet and I sound better because it’s easier to play than my old Ibanez GIO Soundgear.
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I don’t know what the controls do yet, lots more of them to play with than my DIY Ibby bass ‘Old Black Lazarus’. So far I have just set the controls at neutral and used only the volume knob. Half the time I practice acoustically, it sounds so good. I’ll figure them out when I need to.
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The downside is the increased weight compared to the Ibby, and the control complexity.
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I’m using Hal Leonard’s Fastrack Bass1 as a textbook and after two months I can play several riffs in the A minor key to accompany the drums and lead guitar on the supplied CD.
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This is in contrast to my attempts to learn the guitar, three months and all I learned was two and a half chords from different keys.

The bass suits my arthritic fingers and hands and I can basically play without looking at my fingers, the better to concentrate on the TAB figures. Now I want to learn to read music so I won’t be a TAB slave. I think I’ve found my instrument.

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Goodbye to beautiful, battle scarred ‘Old Black Lazarus’, donated to Independence High School, alma mater to my two very independent adult children. Let the kids fix-or-repair-daily. Long may it ring.

 

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