Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fender Introduces Deluxe Active Okoume Basses

Fender Introduces Deluxe Active Okoume Basses

Fender had a lot of new gear at NAMM this year including the Deluxe Active Okoume series. The basses, which feature okoume bodies with a natural finish, come in Jazz Bass, Jazz Bass V, and Precision Bass Special versions.

Fender explains that okoume is a reddish-brown African hardwood with a straight grain that gives the bass a pronounced low end.


The Deluxe Active Jazz Bass Okoume has a maple neck with a “C” profile topped with a rosewood fingerboard and 20 medium jumbo frets. Fender fits it with a pair of dual-coil ceramic Noiseless Jazz Bass pickups with nickel-plated pole pieces. Its preamp includes a 3-band EQ with boost and cut for bass, mid, and treble.

 The Jazz Bass V carries the same features of the Jazz Bass while adding a fifth string.


The Precision Bass Special switches things up with a P/J pickup configuration with a vintage-style split-coil precision bass and a dual-coil ceramic Noiseless Jazz Bass pickup in the bridge position. Rather than a P-bass neck, it is built with a slim Jazz Bass neck. Other common features to the series include a Fender High-Mass bridge and side-mounted output jacks.

The Fender Active Deluxe Okoume basses are available now with street prices of $799.99 for the Jazz Bass and Precision Bass Special and $849.99 for the Jazz Bass V.

Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass Okoume Specs:

Scale:34″
Body:Okoume
Body Finish:Gloss Polyester
Neck Material:Maple
Neck Finish:Gloss Urethane
Neck Shape:Modern “C”
Fingerboard Material:Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius:9.5″ (241 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Medium Jumbo
Nut Material:Synthetic Bone
Nut Width:1.5″ (38.1 mm)
Position Inlays:White Dot
Pickups:Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless
Controls:Master Volume, Pan Control, Three-Band Active EQ with Treble Boost/Cut, Bass Boost/Cut and Mid Boost/Cut
Bridge:Fender Hi-Mass With Chrome-Plated Zinc Saddles
Hardware Finish:Chrome
Tuning Machines:Standard Open-Gear
Pickguard:None
Control Knobs:Black Plastic
Case/Gig Bag:Deluxe Gig Bag
Included Accessories:Deluxe Gig Bag, Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench, Truss Rod Adjustment Wrench.

Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V Okoume Specs:

Scale:34″
Body:Okoume
Body Finish:Gloss Polyester
Neck Material:Maple
Neck Finish:Gloss Urethane
Neck Shape:Modern “C”
Fingerboard Material:Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius:9.5″ (241 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Medium Jumbo
Nut Material:Synthetic Bone
Nut Width:1.875″ (47.6 mm)
Position Inlays:White Dot
Pickups:Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless
Controls:Master Volume, Pan Control, Three-Band Active EQ with Treble Boost/Cut, Bass Boost/Cut and Mid Boost/Cut
Bridge:Fender Hi-Mass With Chrome-Plated Zinc Saddles
Hardware Finish:Chrome
Tuning Machines:5-In-Line Die-Cast Mini
Pickguard:None
Control Knobs:Black Plastic
Case/Gig Bag:Deluxe Gig Bag
Included Accessories:Deluxe Gig Bag, Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench, Truss Rod Adjustment Wrench.

Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special Okoume Specs:

Scale:34″
Body:Okoume
Body Finish:Gloss Polyester
Neck Material:Maple
Neck Finish:Gloss Urethane
Neck Shape:Modern “C”
Fingerboard Material:Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius:9.5″ (241 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Medium Jumbo
Nut Material:Synthetic Bone
Nut Width:1.5″ (38.1 mm)
Position Inlays:White Dot
Pickups:Vintage-Style Alnico Split Single-Coil Precision Bass, Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless
Controls:Master Volume, Pan Control, Three-Band Active EQ with Treble Boost/Cut, Bass Boost/Cut and Mid Boost/Cut
Bridge:Fender Hi-Mass With Chrome-Plated Zinc Saddles
Hardware Finish:Chrome
Tuning Machines:Standard Open-Gear
Pickguard:None
Control Knobs:Black Plastic
Case/Gig Bag:Deluxe Gig Bag
Included Accessories:Deluxe Gig Bag, Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench, Truss Rod Adjustment Wrench.