Everything was very well said in the first review, I have nothing more to add.
Its neck is a Rolls, fast and precise, easy to take control of, a real treat.
The bass rests perfectly on the shoulder.
As for the weight, well, it's a jazz bass (made of ash wood), so it's heavy, which is quite normal. A good strap is very practical and you can play hours without end.
This bass is great for all types of music, from jazz to the most ballsy rock (if there's a problem it has to do more with the person playing the instrument). You can get whatever you want from this beauty: You only need to use it as passive to understand all its potential.
However, the preamp is not the best, but if you know how to use it and don't go too extreme on it, it's quite all right.
I have played it with about 20 different amps and it always responds fine. Many people stare in awe at how it cuts through a mix, especially in passive mode.
I've been playing bass for 10 years, it's my main bass and I've played more than 400 gigs with it without any issues. It has taken some hits, kissed a couple of very low ceilings and it has fallen a couple of times, but I've never had a single issue with it. It can also stay 3-4 weeks in its flight case and when I take it out it's perfectly in tune. It has also undergone some extreme thermal and hydrometric conditions and it always delivers, it never detunes (or at least all strings detune the same).
As an owner of several basses, including some real gems from the '60s (Framus, Ohio, PB), this is the one I always take with me on tour, it's a safe bet!
I purchased this bass on a online auction for $625.00.I've read other good reviews on the Fender Marcus Miller J-Bass.I have owned alot of basses over the years and have never tried one of fender's japaneese line models.I figure if they are producing most of the signature and resissue lines they must be of good quality.
This is a beautiful looking bass.An ash body with a black pickguard, maple neck and block peraloid inlays.It has the correct 77' J-bass neck with the 1 7/16" nut and the 4" spacing for the pickups.It make's for a fast narrow smooth neck, with great playiability.
Fender could have thought out the wiring of this bass a little more carefully.It has a active-passive switch.If rewired correctly can produce a true passive 77" J-Bass sound.
All else is good with this bass.
A few minor flaws with my bass is.. a small over cut on the 12th fret inlay. A small gap on one side of the neck pocket.
Otherwise it's a great bass.
Like I said before,I've owned and played alot of basses.And I feel this is one of the best basses I've owned.Your axe has to feel right, to express your music through it.Every musician is in search of that soul mate.I may have found mine.
I bought this Fender Jazz Bass for my daughter for Christmas. It is a Marcus Miller signature. I aquired it at a pond shop and it was marked for $399.99. I was unable to pay that for it so the saleman said that he would take 35% off. I ended up paying $269. for it. I am unsure if this is a good deal although it is really beautiful and plays very pretty. She was so surprised and just what she wanted.
The Marcus Miller Fender Jazz Bass is absolutely beautiful. I like how the neck and body flow in color and natural wood. The pearl inlays on the neck are gracefully georgeous. The tunerknobs, pick-up cover and other accessories on it are very nice to the eye. The sound is very clear and seems easy to play.
The Black guard at lower right part of the instrument is a black plate where the volume and other knobs are placed. The black plastic piece is not one piece but several. They are nicely done although I think it should be one complete piece.
I would purchase this instrument again. It is a sweet piece and sounds it too.
This was great, I wanted a new bass, so i went searching for a fender bass guitar. I found myself at musiciansbuy.com, and I ended up looking at the marcus miller jazz bass. I paid a total of 759.99 for it. With all the bells and wistles. I got a free strap, gig bag, stand, cord, and tuner, all free. And as an added bonus, it was free shipping and handeling.
The bass has one of the best, most crisp sounds i have heard. Buying it was worth every last penny. It's not only one of the best sounding basses i've played, but it is by far my favorite when it comes to beauty. It has an ash body with a maple fretboard, with pearl block inlays that seem to flow perfectly with it. The pick gaurd eccentricates the lines of the guitar in ways that please the eye greatly.
The only thing i don't like about the bass is that it has a metal plate that covers the neck pickup and strings right where one might want to play. But this problem is easiy solved, just remove the plate with a screwdriver and you're ready to go. And it's easily put back in place if the guitar is on display (it's pretty).
The quality surprised me, all the frets were in line, no neck problems, and everything was secure in it's place. No loose screws or knobs.
Fender has always made quality bass guitars, so if you are a beginner oa an experienced musician, a fender bass will always be a good choice. And the Marcus Miller Jazz bass is no exception.