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.
It sounds sweet and I sound better because it’s easier to play than my old Ibanez GIO Soundgear.
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.
The downside is the increased weight compared to the Ibby, and the control complexity.
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.
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.
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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