Replacing the Fender Plus Series that preceded it, the American Deluxe Series rolled out in 1995. Just like the Plus Series, American Deluxe models were packed with the era's most advanced features and designs. They were the highest level of production short of the Custom Shop.
The American Deluxe Jazz Bass starts with a radical redesign of the classic J-Bass body shape. It looks similar to what you're used to, but its smaller and sleeker. This not only makes it more balanced on a strap, but it also feels just right on your lap. On top of that, you get a full 22-fret neck with easy access all the way into the upper register.
For electronics, the American Deluxe Jazz Bass had an active setup with two pickups designed by John Suhr. The pickups have larger magnets than the traditional J design, and they produce blooming, expressive tone. From there, you've got a volume control and control that lets you fade between the two pickups. And with a three-band EQ on tap, you can dial in the right sound in every setting. All in all, it's a well-thought-out, highly-flexible design.
This 1996 American Deluxe Jazz Bass sports a gorgeous Antique Burst finish over a figured Ash body. It shows the expected play wear of a well-loved instrument (see photos). There is a messy cosmetic repair around the strap button—looks like the button may have failed at one time. It's totally stable and set up for Schaller strap locks, but it's a little sore on the eyes.
This 1996 American Deluxe Jazz Bass has a smooth, playable setup. The neck feels really nice, and we love the look of the smaller headstock. The Hipshot tuners keep everything where it needs to be. Also- the Antique Burst finish is too cool—instead of fading to black, the darkest tone is actually a deep red sparkle. Modern brown/gold G&G case included!