Fender American Standard 5-String Jazz Bass Guitar V

Expert Review

Why reinvent the wheel? That’s the approach that Fender took in updating its classic flagship jazz bass with its American Jazz Standard V. From the sound to the design to the look of this bass guitar, this is clearly built to follow in the footsteps of the great instruments that came before it, and has an overall classic feel. A satin-finish maple neck allows players to play this thing smooth and fast, while the rounded edges give it a comfortable broken-in feel that will immediately appeal to your hands as soon as this instrument is picked up.

The single-coil pickup sound in the American Jazz Standard V is classic Fender tone. It has a very punchy character to it, which particular emphasis in the mid-range. While many 5-string guitars sport a lower B string that can get a bit unwieldy and wobbly, this bass keeps it super tight and focused, which results in a stronger low end, sort of the point for a 5-string anyway, right? While this bass guitar is definitely heavy (as Fender jazz basses tend to be), that’s the only criticism that can be pointed at this otherwise excellent axe.Rating: 4/5