#1
Today was my birthday and I got a little cash from everyone and decided I'd go buy a new bass. I had my heart set on a Schecter, but my local music shops didn't have one. I was about to leave and go to Sacramento to look but then the girl at the music shop said she just got abass in I might be interested in. I open the hardshell case, and it's a Fender jazz Bass. I've heard good things about them before, so I gave it a shot and plugged in.

Wow...the tone is pretty awesome. 900 times better than my Dean. The slap tone is what hooked me though. I asked her how much for it, and she said 450, because it's used. I don't have 450, but I had 270...so I was wheeling and delaing like a madman. I decided I would go get my old bass, a Dean edge-1, and see if I could trade it in. I got 170 dollors credit for the Dean.

So I ended up paying 280 dollars out and trading my old bass in and got a Fender Jazz Bass with a hardshell case. How did I make out? I think I ****ing destroyed.
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#2
good man

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#3
By the way, how do i tell if it's a standard jazz bass for an American jazz bass?
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#4
You did well. I've seen '06 MIA Jazz basses go on San Francisco Craigs list from about 600 - 800 USD.
#5
Great! I thought I did pretty well, and I wanted to make sure because I traded my other bass in so if my new bass had some terrible infamous flaw and it got screwed up I would be bassless and that would completely blow. The tone on this thing is just mega-balls.
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#6
Quote by Ingsoc
By the way, how do i tell if it's a standard jazz bass for an American jazz bass?


same thing

theres made in mexico
japan
or america
they all have standard versions

i think
someone correct me if im wrong

it would be a standard american

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#7
If you got an American Jazz for $450, great. If you got a Mexican for $450,
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#8
check out the headstock, it'll say if its american, if it doesnt assume otherwise.
#9
What Fitzy said.

But I bet it will be Mexican, and the person who sold you it played you perfectly. Approached you, told you it was a low price because it was used, you probably told them you were upgrading from a not so good bass (the Dean) so knew it would impress you.

Or they were honest and if its Japanese or American, you got a pretty good deal.
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#10
Pics? All MIA Fender's come with a hard case as standard so that suggests it could be MIA. Also it will say "Made in U.S.A" underneath the Fender logo on the headstock if it is. One final thing, how old is it? Because the new MIA Fenders have S-1 switches on the volume knob.
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#11
What about the new headstocks that simply say, "fender jazz". I'm pretty sure they don't say "mexican, or japanese fender jazz". So how could you tell with them?

Think it's some vintage trend, theirs a few 'round here.
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#12
I think there's a sticker "made in... " on the back of the headstock.
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Ah, cheers.
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#14
I don't know about you but you should be able to tell the difference between a MIA and MIM...the MIA should sound much better. And if it has switches on it that is a sure sign too.

If its a MIM you essentially paid 450. In which case you got destroyed IMO. Because now you only have 1 bass. And all basses have something wrong with them sometimes.
#15
i'm thinking the mexi serial numbers start with an M. my hwy 1 s/n starts with a Z.
Fender.com, and several other sights have serial number tracing, tells when and where the bass was built. good luck! if it's a MIA, or MIJ you did good. if it's a MIM?
well, not so good, on the price only, cause even a MIM is way better than what you had. congrats, either way.
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i'm thinking the mexi serial numbers start with an M. my hwy 1 s/n starts with a Z.
Fender.com, and several other sights have serial number tracing, tells when and where the bass was built. good luck! if it's a MIA, or MIJ you did good. if it's a MIM?
well, not so good, on the price only, cause even a MIM is way better than what you had. congrats, either way.

Yeah, Mexi's start with MN I believe. American-made axes start with Z, and American Deluxes start with DZ (both of mine have that serial number) I'm not sure how CIJ basses work, but MIJ basses had a different starting letter depending on the year.
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#17
I like how the TS hasn't replied ever since the possibility of him getting totally ripped off got brought up.
#18
Nah, I sorta went to bed. But upon further inspection of the serial number, I'm pretty sure it's MIM. So I didn't get agreat deal but honestly this bass sounds leagues better, and I got a nice case with it. I can also return it for full refund within 10 days if I want to. So it's all in all still a decent trade. And I have a gig tonight and with my sound improved alot I feel alot more confident.
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#19
my MIM P-bass has "made in mexico" in really small print below the Fender logo.

So I guess thats how you could tell, even if you weren't sure about the serial code.
#20
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Nah, I sorta went to bed. But upon further inspection of the serial number, I'm pretty sure it's MIM. So I didn't get agreat deal but honestly this bass sounds leagues better, and I got a nice case with it. I can also return it for full refund within 10 days if I want to. So it's all in all still a decent trade. And I have a gig tonight and with my sound improved alot I feel alot more confident.


you traded a $100 bass and $280 cash for a $450 bass with a hardshell case. you did ok! and your going to love that bass. good luck on the gig tonight. let us know how it turns out.
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I like how the TS hasn't replied ever since the possibility of him getting totally ripped off got brought up.


he packed his knife and went looking for the dealer :p

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#22
Well, after performing today, I have to say I am very pleased with the performance of my bass. Mexican or American made, it's a sharp sounding instrument and I like it alot. The band even had me do some intros and interludes solo because they liked my new sound so much.
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