The Fender Jazz set the standard for ergonomic bass design. It quickly became a viable and equally popular alternative to the Precision, which was released a few years previous.
From the tapered neck to the curvy body and elegant cutaways, the J-bass oozes class. It’s also supremely versatile thanks to its dual pickup configuration. You’ve heard them all over blues, rock, metal, folk and jazz records.
Despite its long lifespan, the Jazz has retained pretty much the same specs with only a few minor adjustments made for one-off or signature models. What new direction can you take such an all-encompassing design?
Well, Californian bass manufacturers Sire might have something to say about that. They teamed up with former Fender signature bassist Marcus Miller to create the V series. This suave line-up of four-string, five-string and fretless bass guitars doesn’t try to hide its origins, but it does put a new twist on proceedings.
Here’s what we’ll be comparing:
- Neck & fretboard
- Build quality
Renowned composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller knows what makes a good Jazz bass. They definitely picked the right man to help them through the creative process.
For this head-to-head, we’re going to take a look at the Fender Player range, which is closest in price to the V7.