Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass: Anyone got experience with one?

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  1. smallstoner

    smallstoner Member

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    There's one of these bad boys hanging in a local shop used. Both my bass player and I are lusting after it, mainly because it looks pretty cool.

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    Noodled on it for a minute but haven't plugged it in (couldn't afford it right now anyway). It's Japan-made with a P/J pickup config and a Strat-style jack. Looks real sharp with the black body/headstock, no pickguard and cream binding.

    He (bass player in my band) is seriously considering buying it. He's currently playing a MiM Precision and has a Squier J backup, which he'd probably sell or trade in.

    Anyway--anyone own or have experience with one of these? Any feedback would be appreciated.
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    these are very nice MIJ basses.

    put better pickups in it and you have yourself a winner.
     
  3. smallstoner

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    How bad are the stock pickups?
     
  4. Endr_rpm

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    IME, they're not BAD, per se, just not very vintagey. MOre of a modern rock sound. But they're well made basses, if a little hard to keep looking pretty due to the finish (smudges show up easily due to the high gloss)
     
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    A friend of mine just bought one and it's pretty sick. I agree that the pickups have more of a modern sound, which I actually like. The bass was really well made. I for one, love the MIJ/CIJ Stuff.

    I'd say you can't go wrong. Just make sure it gets wiped down. High gloss black shows prints like it's its job...
     
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    I had the guitar version. Very well crafted, but the electronics were garbage. Pickups were really bright and brittle. Easy enough to drop in some new pickups (anything), new pots and a switch. The guy who bought it from me put in Texas specials and made a few recordings the same day. Sounded REALLY good. Made me sad I sold it!
    I was constantly amazed by the build though and would highly recommend one.
     
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    I had one - in red. Very nice, good sound but kinda heavy. Sold it and went back to my lightweight parts bass.
     
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    I have one and it doesnt seem heavy at all to me.. the body is so thin....

    agree on the fingerprints though... get a microfiber cloth....
     
  9. Rick N Boogie

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    I also had one just like the pic. Good bass, certainly an upgrade from what the op's bassist is using now. If you can snag it for at or below $500 or so, jump on it.
     
  10. VeloDog

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    I borrowed one from a friend for a few days to see how I would like it. Just personal preference on my part, but to me it didn't sound like a P-bass. Had a more modern tone. With the absence of body contours it didn't feel as comfortable as a P-bass either. Finally, I like pickguards on my basses. So, for me at least, it was a bust. Still, it's a well-made axe if it suits you.
     
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    I've got this bad boy:

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    Japanese market only white. I believe different pups than the USA market and it has the pickguard and control plate. From what I read the dimensions are the same.

    It def has hotter more modern pickups. I can't really use it in the blues garage band I'm in but I love taking to to jams.

    Mine is lighter than my Geddy Lee. Thicker neck but not as thick as a P. I love the contoured body.

    It doesn't get much use because the pups don't fit with the music I'm playing. I keep putting it up on the chopping block then playing it and taking it down. Great bass though. I'm pretty picky about my basses.
     
  12. smallstoner

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    Thanks for the input everyone. I think it's a go--new pickups aren't that big a deal. I'd probably recommend him an HB-single for the bridge anyway to avoid hum.

    I wonder how it sounds with just the P pickup on.
     
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    I've fiddled with a few- I've liked them, but not enough to pull the trigger.
     
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    Why would you do that- generally speaking, the bridge pickup is "flavor" on top of the neck pickup, so you're rarely (if ever) playing the bridge pickup alone- and once it's in with the neck pickup- it's cancelling...

    The biggest factor in mating your pickups is getting a pickup to match.
     
  15. walterw

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    a hum-canceling bridge jazz is a perfectly logical upgrade. (a single coil J does not hum-cancel with a P pickup.)

    the dimarzio area J is great at sounding really close to a good vintage jazz pickup, but with no hum. (as a split-coil, it doesn't have the loss that stacks do, and so is much livelier and stronger, even though it's not at all a hot pickup.)

    it works great to "flavor" a P pickup without bringing in noise at the same time.
     

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