Back to Main Page
Woody's Fender American Deluxe
5-string Jazz bass page
(with a Roland GK3b synthesizer pickup)
The serial number infers this is a 2000 US-made
Fender American Deluxe Five-String Jazz Bass
that is dressed out after a Fender Custom Shop
Time Machine Series American Vintage 1962 Fender Jazz Bass.
Although they didn't actually make a 5-string JBass in 1962, I liked the look.
Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V
In 2011, I added an N-Tune onboard digital guitar tuner onto my Jazz bass.
It is really nice to always have a good tuner right handy.
The N-Tune tuner is not "officially" supported for active setups due to custom wiring requirements.
The tuner may stuggle some to go down to the 30.9 HZ Low-B note but, eventually, can find it.
DATING MY FENDER JAZZ BASS
While the serial number (DZ0.....) indicates a 2000 bass,
according to Scott (Fender Customer Service, 03/28/2011)
all the parts didn't come together to be a finished guitar until July 2001.
Right after production, it was originally shipped from the Fender factory in California to the Larry Morgan Music Company (Garland, TX, closed 2008).
In my case, the neck serial number dates to 2000 but the actual date stamp on the base of the neck shows April 12, 2001
On the body in the neck cavity, a black-ink "Feb" is visible (rest of date is illegible)
Also in this same area a red-ink "Mar 28" is visible (rest of date is illegible)
Also seen is what appears to be perhaps N9685. Does anyone know what that might mean?
Fender records show that it actually "became a guitar" in July 2001.
Fender also buys assorted piece parts (volume, tone controls, wire, etc) in bulk.
The POT (potentiometer) code on my original volume control was R1379605.
This says that the POT was produced by CTS early in 1996 during the fifth week, a full half-a-decade before the guitar was built.
The take-a-way here is that Fender apparently produces great numbers of piece parts (necks and bodies)
and apparently stockpiles them, sometimes for long periods of time.
In this regard, the guitar's serial number and POT codes can be assumed to be only rough estimate of when the guitar was actually produced.
In my case:
* The serial number dates to 2000,
* The neck indicates it was made April 12, 2001,
*The POT dates to 1996
* Fender records conclude it all became a guitar in July 2001.
In my humble opinion, that's going to make it pretty tough on historians someday.
It is true that I am more than a little disappointed about this finding and
reaffirms my appreciation for such quality instruments as those made by Heritage and Martin
(who, unfortunately, do not make electric bass guitars).
At this point, if I was ever to replace this guitar,
I might consider a more personalized product.
Dates on my 1995 Fender Precision Bass are not at all as distressed as the Jazz Bass.
It almost appears that Fender's quality control and/or construction technologies were challenged in 2000/2001.
In the end this guitar was apparently nothing more than a mass produced factory product.
It does play and sound great and for that I remain grateful.
STRINGING THE 5-string FENDER JAZZ BASS
For years I have used GHS Precision Flatwound M3050 strings on my 4-string PBass.
In 2011, I tried a set of Thomastik-Infeld (TI) Vienna JF345 strings
really expensive at us$80 from JustStrings.com and, while these were okay,
I did replace them and again now always restring with the
GHS 5-string Precision Flatwound M3050-5 strings us$37 off eBay.
|The USA Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass electronics used in
this bass consist of
Active Master Volume, Tone Pots with Pan,
and a Three Band Equalizer.
runs on a standard 9-volt battery which is disconnected when nothing is plugged
in to the 1/4 (stereo) phono jack along the bottom of the bass.
This equalizer features:
Treble Boost/Cut: +/- 10 db @ 8kHz, a shift in the cut frequency,
and about a 2dB slope per octave.
Mid Boost/Cut: +10dB, -15dB @ 500Hz, and a wide band slope.
Bass Boost/Cut: +/- 12 db @ 40 Hz, with a 4dB slope per octave.
Since the "active electronics" inside this guitar require a 9-volt battery to be able to produce an output, it is very much recommended to always have at least one extra good 9-volt battery and a small screwdriver handy to change the internal battery, if required, during a set.
THE PICKUPS (PUPS)
On this guitar were two nickel-plated pole-piece dual-coil Ceramic Noiseless
series pickups designed by Bill Turner.
These are "Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity (RWRP)" to cancel hum and noise which both pickups are in use and the volume is cranked.
|THE HEADSTOCK (Peghead)|
this was a 2000-series
(actually assembled in 2001)
it uses the "Five Inline" style tuners.
I specifically looked for this as I personally do not care for the look of the current "4+1" headstock design that began in 2002.
The original Fender tuners had been replaced by the former owner with 1/2-inch diameter Hipshot Ultralight Clovers.
I prefer the string and bridge covers as I believe they enhance appearance while reducing skin-scrapes when playing.
It adds diversity to the playing-style, as well, by allowing occasional use of a pick for some music styles
while bracing the playing hand on the center string cover.
The neck pickup cover (made for a 4-string bass) did not actually fit over the five strings
so I raised it slightly by inserting shims between the pick guard and the metal cover.
The 4-string bridge plate is also not wide enough to fully cover the wider 5-string bridge pickup
so I had to offset the cover slightly towards the bottom of the guitar.
This requires the bridge pickup to be slightly visible.
DZ0263493 2000/2001 eB 08/11 1200
CLICK HERE FOR THE MAIN 4L RANCH WEB PAGE
Contact WOODY for questions or
comments about this page via email.
All personal comments, pictures copyright 1996-2016 - R. Linwood (4L RANCH)
Since 26 March 2011: