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I have been playing bass for over a year now and I am thinking of getting a new bass. I currently have a Tanglewood starter bass, which is quite good but nothing special.
I have been looking at two basses mainly, these are the Fender Standard Jazz Bass(upgrade)[£340] and the Fender highway 1 jazz bass(upgrade)[£500]. I am unsure though whether the Highway is worth the extra £150 and if there is much difference between the two.
I have played the Highway at a local music store and enjoyed it very much, but I haven't yet played the Standard as I don't think my GC stocks it.
I will be playing almost anything between blues and hard rock but probably not metal, grimecore etc .
My price range at a push is probably around £550 but no more. So if you have any other suggestions for a versatile bass suitable for a beginner-intermidiate player they will be welcomed. Looks like I've rambled on long enough so I'll end it here.

Thanks in advance.
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if your shop matches prices, quote them the one from spector sound and get the standard jazz for about £340, then just buy a new bridge, that's what i'm halfway through doing (got the bass but not bought the bridge yet) you should check out the leo quan badass II bridge, it'l go straight on to the bass and all you have to do is get the grooves filed into the saddles
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But what I want to know is if the £150+ more on the HWY 1 is really worth it when if I buy a standard I can upgrade it gradually (bridge p'ups etc.).
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But what I want to know is if the £150+ more on the HWY 1 is really worth it when if I buy a standard I can upgrade it gradually (bridge p'ups etc.).


The HW1 has better build quality the MIM can never match, and better base materials such as the woods. Half the upgrades you would get a MIM are already on the HW1, and if you upgraded the HW1, it would be far better than a MIM can ever be.
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Thanks you've all been a great help. After reading all this I think I'm leaning towards a 'burst HWY 1
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The HW1 is easily my favorite Fender product (both bass and guitar). Probably the most striking difference between the two basses you listed is the finish type. The HW1 has a smooth satin finish, while the standard has a laquer finish. It all comes down to feel for those two.
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If you play both side by side you will notice the difference in how it feels. I mean the MIM feels a lot cheaper.
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Is it worth 150 pounds? 1000x yes.

Not 150 pounds, 150 pounds more than the MIM
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But what I want to know is if the £150+ more on the HWY 1 is really worth it when if I buy a standard I can upgrade it gradually (bridge p'ups etc.).

the H1 worths the extra money
the MIM is overpriced IMO not really great or good for the price
and i would save for american standard

the wood on the MIAs is way better than wood in MIMs and you cant upgrade wood
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I say definately worth it, MIM's do feel cheap after playing an American
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